This is probably a stupid question, but what does "ose" mean? I get that it marks things as sad, but where did it come from? Does it stand for something?

I don’t know exactly where it comes from, but it is short for “morose,” so you can say “ose, ose, and more-ose” when the depressing songs go on just a bit too long.

I saw a list of types of ose songs once, including “scary-ose” and “cheery-ose”, but now I can’t find it (that might have been the whole list, though).

can you help me with finding filk albums that would have been released before 1980? it's for. um. research

Research, you say?  Interesting….

…so the only ones I know off the top of my head are Folk Songs For Folk’s Who Ain’t Even Been Yet and Solar Sailors, both Fish albums; according to fanlore they were the first commercially released filk albums (1976 and 1977, respectively).  They were re-released together as Folk Songs for Solar Sailors, and if you don’t have that already, I highly recommend it.

But I’ve said several times, I’m not really qualified to run this blog, and if you want more knowledgeable people who know more than two things, you should go bother @animatedamerican or maybe @sci-fantasy

Omg I can't believe this blog exists I'm so happy I love filk music so much but I kinda thought I was alone and omfg thank you so much for existing On a side note have you posted/could you post Confusions from Lovers, Lore and Loss? I used to have it but after moving and a couple computer crashes I can't find it anywhere!

YOU’RE NOT ALONE, THERE ARE LIKE A WHOLE SIX OF US

unfortunately, I don’t have that album, and I haven’t been able to find it

however, there are a few people following me that have been filking a lot longer than I have and have much more impressive music stashes, and I’m hoping one of them will see this and be able to help 

Do you know where I can find the lyrics to "The World They Call Terra"? I think I saw it on this blog a while ago and google is no help.

You can find them…here!  The only place I’ve found them online was on Google Books, since the song was published with a novel.  Suzette Haden Elgin’s songs are really hard to find copies and recording of, and it’s a shame.

(I’ll throw in the chords too, because…I happen to have them.  It’s supposedly to a traditional tune, but I’ve never been able to find a recording of “The Welcome” for some reason.)

C                                         F                C
“Sing me a song,” said the child in the garden.
                                          F                   C         G7
“Grandmother, sing! I’ll sit here by your side.
C               Am             F                      C
Sing me a song of the world they call Terra,
        C7                   F                         C                F         C
The world that you came from when you were a bride.”

“Child, I have journeyed all over the starfields,
Out to the rim of the worlds that we know – –
Child, I can’t sing you a song about Terra!
For Terra was too many planets ago!”

“Sing me a song,” said the child in the garden.
“Grandmother, sing to me! Tell me no lies.
Sing me a song of the world they call Terra;
I know you remember, by the tears in your eyes.”

“Child, I have journeyed all over the starfields,

Child, I have left all my memories behind.
Child, I can’t sing you a song about Terra,
For I have put Terra clear out of my mind.”

“Grandmother, sing!” said the child in the garden.
“I have learned all about stubborn from you.
Sing me a song of the world they call Terra,
Where the grasses grow green and the oceans are blue.”

“Child, how you weary me, asking of Terra!
You are no babe! You should understand why.
We who left Terra for ever and ever
Were those who could tell her forever goodbye!”

“Child, I have journeyed all over the starfields,
Out to the rim of the worlds that we know – –
Child, I can’t sing you a song about Terra!
For Terra was too many planets ago!”