Who checks the airlocks anyhow?
A million years from now it may reach
It is a blessing and a curse among filkers, but a lot of our best jokes need…a bit of setting up.
The first of these (lyrics) is a deceptively sweet love song. The second (lyrics), by the same band, is a legitimate criticism of Gene Roddenberry’s visual worldbuilding. The third (lyrics) is Bob Kanefsky’s triumphant combination of the two, in beautiful polyphony by the original band.
Truth can take us so far, after that we go by trust
Are you as scared as I am by what’s happening to us?
It’s hard on you but sometimes I just have to run and hide
But it’s your arms I run back to, your face I wear inside
An odd sort of love song by Talis Kimberley, “The Face Within”
“Love changes us all, makes us broken, makes us brave, makes us deny ourselves and our very breath, makes us refuse to listen when our hearts tell us that the time has come to move on, to break the surface. “Neptune” is the story of what can happen after you’ve drowned yourself willingly in someone else’s hopes and dreams, and you find that saltwater and shadows no longer sustain you. “Neptune” is the story of what can happen when you’ve lived in sin with a god for long enough that the respective piles of dirty laundry and broken promises have started to really get on your nerves.“ – from S.J. Tucker’s Bandcamp
“Neptune, by S.J. Tucker
We don’t often get fancy-ass music videos round these parts.
The young man sat above the town in the glow of a setting sun
With his head held cradled in his hands, his back against a stone
Saying “Why have I so little time in this wretched place to stand?
“When I can’t take the girl I love back home to the Borderland”
“The Borderlands,” by Danny Carnahan and Chris Casswell
If I didn’t deeply trust the guy who first played this for me and told me it wasn’t originally a filk song, I wouldn’t have believed him. It’s incredibly beautiful and about…time travel? Parallel universes? Fairies? Unclear. Judge for yourself.