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Filksong Genealogy: The Comforts of Home


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.

(Series: Filksong Genealogy)


Paper Cranes – Hello, The Future!

But it’s not pain that I’m feeling, it’s more like a thirst for revenge
And I really want to text you
What happens at the Red Wedding
I really really really really really want to ruin your year.

There are a decent number of nerdy love songs in the world, but surprisingly few angry nerd breakup songs.  This is one of those.  “Paper Cranes,” by Hello, The Future!

Mon Seul Desir – Talis Kimberley

My lady sits in her fair bower
Velvet drapes to keep her warm
Carpeted with Thousandflower
Nothing shall do my lady harm

The last Talis Kimberley song I posted, I described as “an odd sort of love song” and, well…here’s another.  The French translates to “You are my only desire.”  Lyrics available here.

The Face Within – Talis Kimberley

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”

Make it So – Annwn

The website claims “No, really, it’s not slash fiction about the decade’s favorite science fiction show. Honest.” but I…I don’t see what else it could be…

Performed by Mark Ungar, Leigh Ann Hussey, and Elton (as far as I can tell, he’s just called Elton)

Download link, lyircs, and more music available here

Villain Song – Kirby Krackle


Kirby Krackle is my new favorite band because they understand my need for gorgeous songs about villains alternately despising and then pining over their superheroes

It Suits You – Kirby Krackle


Listen/purchase: It Suits You – 2016 Star Wars Single by Kirby Krackle



Confusions – Cecilia Eng

All that I want is a single thing that’s mine
Is that so very selfish, or so much out of line?
All that I want is one corner of my own
One place were I can be myself and just my self alone

@obscenitiesandgeekery, the stars have aligned!

“Confusions,” by Mercedes Lackey, sung by Cecilia Eng


Thanks to @sumeriasmith, who did a lot of digging through poorly cataloged MP3 files to find this!

(I meant to post this a few days ago, but it got lost in the queue somehow)

Lasers and Feelings – The Doubleclicks

You’ve got lasers
And I’ve got feelings
Your lonely heart could use some healing
You’ve got lasers
And I’ve got feelings for you

“Lasers and Feelings,” by The Doubleclicks

My Indie Trash Friend ™ with no interest in filk generally had heard this song and I hadn’t, and I just thought that was odd.

Neptune – S. J. Tucker

“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 Borderlands – Chris Casswell & Danny Carnahan

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.

Han Solo Cool – Mikey Mason

I heard there was some kind of Star Wars thing happening soon?

(I just looked it up, the movie’s not out until December, but from the way some people I know have been carrying on, you’d think it was next week)

Anyway, this isn’t even about Star Wars.  Not entirely, at least.  It’s a metaphor.

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