“Paper Moon” by Seanan McGuire, performed here by Seanan, S.J. Tucker, Vixy & Tony, and Betsy Tinney.
As Seanan explains before performing, “In a dimension very much like our own, Firefly is still on the air and they’ve made spin offs. And I keep writing theme songs for those spin offs.”
Lyrics are available on Seanan’s website.
Dreams can’t hurt you, that’s what parents used to say
But they changed the world forever in New Mexico that day
No one sleeps and no one wakens, no one’s ever what they seem
And the one you thought you knew was just a dream, just a dream
Yes the one you knew was just a dream
“Just a Dream,” by Vixy and Tony, based on the short story “The Minotaur”, by Bill Kte’pi
So tell me a story, aren’t all stories true?
Tell me a story and I’ll tell it back to you
There’s always someone else there, up the river, up the river
Got to find my own way up the river
“The River,” a song about trying to make art when it feels like there’s someone upstream in the river of creativity (for example, Bob Dylan), catching all the good ideas before they get to you. But in good filk fashion, Vixy and Tony point out the bright side – the fact that there are other people fishing means we can help each other. Idea fish , unlike meat fish, don’t get used up, they grow.
There are stories of the Dutchman, the Celeste and Barnham’s Pride
There are stories of the Horseman and the Lady at his side
But the tale that makes my blood run cold, the more because it’s true
Is the tale of Jayme Dawson and his crew
Yes, the tale of Dawson’s Christian and her crew
A newer recording of one of my favorite classic filk songs, “Dawson’s Christian,” a space opera ghost story, originally Duane Elms.
Burn it down, burn it down, burn it down
Throw your fear upon the fire and burn it down
Throw your voice out to the wind
Feel the heat upon your skin
As you hunger, so begin
Burn it down
“Burn It Down,” a song about drastic creative measures from Vixy and Tony
Sleep, my girl, and dream of home
Of lamps alight and hearth aflame
A china cup, a silver comb
An old grey wolf for you to tame
A rider come who knows your name
“Likho’s Lullabye,” based on a traditional Russian lullabye and the novel Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, with additional lyrics & melody by Michelle Dockrey, sung by Michelle Dockrey of Vixy & Tony
They raid your liquor cabinet, though they’re not of age to drink
They’re staging tango competitions in the kitchen sink
They’re critiquing your new painting (your perspective’s off, they say)
And they’re analyzing your décor for optimal feng shui
“Eight-Legged Blues,” by special-edition four-member Vixy & Tony (Michelle Dockrey, Tony Fabris, Betsy Tinney, and Sunnie Larsen)
The part of the spiders is credited to Betsy’s cello, Raven.
I usually prefer to get studio recordings when I can, if only to make it more likely that all the words will be intelligible but…this one is special. They set out to create a geek anthem, and boy did they ever.
Michelle Dockrey said this about writing this song:
Background: this was commissioned by Tony, who wanted a geek anthem. I got partway through writing it and found myself blocked. Thinking of all the things still wrong, and things that were going on at the time both in and out of fandom– harrassment, backlash over representation, lack of protections still for so many– I just didn’t see how I could write a song about how much it got better.
I confessed this tearfully to Tony, who said, essentially, “write it the way you see it.”
“We Are Who We Are,” by Vixy & Tony, lead vocals by Michelle Dockrey with Tony Fabris on guitar, Betsy Tinney on cello, Sunnie Larsen on violin, and the attendants of FilkCONtinental 2014…as themselves. Lyrics and more information here
I’ll show you heights of stone and steel, a city brave and bold
That the rainfall turns to silver and the sunset turns to gold
Nestled down in velvet mountains and water’s satin foam
Where alchemy is everyday routine
And of all the jewels I’ve seen
Emerald green is the color of my home
I love a song that paints a fantasy picture of a real place. “Emerald Green,” a song for the Pacific Northwest, by Vixy & Tony
My mother won’t come to my concerts
And she knows that she’s wasting her breath
Still she begs me return to a good honest life
Of beckoning men to their death
“Siren Song,” by Vixy & Tony, about the struggle of maintaining a music career when your voice…kills people.
Lyrics and chords available here
Absinthe in an open wound,
I am ashes on the wind,
I am Snow White stained and fallen,
Drop your guard and let me in
And I’ll be you.
“I Am (The Doppelganger’s Song),” by Seanan McGuire, performed by Vixy & Tony with Betsy Tinney on violin
Chords and lyrics available here
“Dear Gina,” by Seanan Mcguire, performed by Vixy and Tony
As they say, it’s about a horror move that never existed.
Chords and lyrics available here.
But you only knew me in winter
When the leaves had all finished their fall
Yes you only knew me in winter
So how could you know me at all?
According to Michelle Dockrey, “’Persephone’ is, essentially, about falling in love with someone who’s not right for you.”
Lyrics and chords here
An X-Files song originally by Nick Cave, performed by Vixy and Tony.
Lyrics and chords available here