Filksong Genealogy: By the Time I Get To…

Yesterday I journeyed for half a million miles.
Now I’m stacked up on an aircraft’s back.
This last part takes a while.

“Phoenix,” by Julia Eckar (lyrics), is a heartwrenching song about a futuristic space ship with a soul.  “By the Time I Get To…”, by Bob Kanefsky (lyrics), is one of those rare parodies that’s almost as poignant as the original song, this time about very realistic spaceflight, and picking up the pieces after re-entry.
(Series: Filksong Genealogy)

The Dark Is Rising – Julia Ecklar

When the Dark comes rising, Six shall turn it back.
Three from the Circle, three from the Track.
Wood, bronze, iron, water, fire, stone –
Five will return, and one go alone.

“The Dark Is Rising,” adapted by Julia Ecklar from poetry scattered throughout the Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper.

Lyrics available from Prometheus Music.

Horsetamer’s Daughter – Julia Ecklar

“Horsetamer’s Daughter” is set in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover universe, and is really a fanfic in its own right. It was originally written by Leslie Fish, and is infamous for going on… and on… and on… and…
(Probably apocryphal) legend has it that when presented with the song, Marion Zimmer Bradley told Leslie Fish something along the lines of “That’s nice, dear, but isn’t it a bit long?”
Lyrics are available here.

Song for Petiron – Julia Ecklar & Anne McCaffrey

The tears I feel today
I’ll wait to shed tomorrow,
Though I’ll not sleep this night
Nor find surcease from sorrow.

A short but haunting song, music by Julia Ecklar and lyrics by Anne McCaffrey, taken from her Dragonriders of Pern series.

Chords to this version are available here, but there’s a more recent and arguably MORE haunting version by Tania Opland that I also highly recommend.

Pushing the Speed of Light – Julia Ecklar & Anne Prather

And you’ve left behind you the world of men
With no way in space to go home again
When you’re pushing the speed of light
Pushing the speed of light

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while, I’ve been really busy.  This is one of my all-time favorite space songs; I’m not sure why I haven’t posted it before.
“Pushing the Speed of Light,” by Julia Ecklar and Anne Prather

Black Widows in the Privy – Julia Ecklar


Everyone knows someone we’d be better off without
But best not mention names for we don’t know who’s about
But why commit a murder and risk the fire’s of hell
When black widows in the privy can do it just as well