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It was a while since I last posted a filk song here. I haven't quit writing them, but most songs lately have been very situational or little more than fragments. But I finished this one today, named "Steve" after Steve Rogers (in Captain America: The First Avenger) and Steve Trevor (in Wonder Woman). Because, even if the films are very different in tone and message, and the two characters are dissimilar, the two Steves manage to hit the same points in roughly the same order:

  • Played by an actor named Chris (Evans and Pine, respectively)
  • Gets stuck far away from the fighting
  • Gets together with a dark-haired beauty, who helps him
  • Enlists the aid of a small band of companions, in a bar
  • Drives a motorbike through the woods
  • Flies of in an aircraft loaded with weapons of mass destruction in the end


It is based on the song "Balladen om den kaxiga myran" (YouTube) by Stefan Demert.

Jag uppstämma vill min lyra )
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My wife has been a fan of Supernatural for several years now, and has been very excited by the noises of the Wayward Daughters spinoff.

With the strong themes of family, justice, and feminism that I get from her corner of Supernatural fandom, it meshed with Battle Cry of Freedom and also with "There Is Power in a Union" by Billy Bragg (YouTube). I've stolen liberally from both of them.

Wayward Daughters )

Note 1: Line 3.3 was originally "like our brothers gone before", referring to Sam and Dean. My wife asked me to change it.

Note 2: "There Is Power in a Union" by Billy Bragg is to the tune of "Battle Cry of Freedom", and should not be confused with "There Is Power in a Union" by Joe Hill, which was written in 1913 and to the tune of "There Is Power in the Blood", and which I've also filked as "There Is Power in a Fandom" (yes, I've had the idea to do a filk of Bragg's song for a while now).
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Well, not anymore, but the Swedish Church Law of 1686 included the following statute:

Ingen Brudeskara må komma til Kyrckian, med Trummor, skiutande, och hwariehanda otienligit Buller; Skeer thet, tå skola sådane plichta efter Stadgan.


Basically, "no bridal group may come to the church with drums, shooting, and miscellanous unhealthy noise. If you do, you will get fined." I couldn't resist trying to set this peculiar piece of history to "Banned from Argo".

The Church of Sweden got its law in sixteen eighty-six )

ETA: switched out line 2.2 from "or calling day was at end from the headman on his perch" to "or signalling the end of day, struck with a stick of birch"
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While doing my Hugo reading I came upon the scene in Seanan McGuire's An Artificial Night where Toby is suffering from an arboreal mishap. It inspired the following, to the tune of Monty Python's Eric the Half a Bee.

Toby the (spoiler) )
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Given the position that Per Gessle has in Swedish music, I think it was inevitable that I'd filk one of his songs at some time. But I didn't expect it to be one of his English songs, and especially not The Look (Youtube) with Roxette.

Built on Finns chanting na-na-na-na in a bar in Helsinki, reported by a Swedish fan wearing a polar bear hat in her Facebook status. And no, I never imagine I will sing this one.

Walking through the con )
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Mary O'Meara is one of the classics of the filk genre. In Tomorrow's Songs Today, Gary McGath describes how Poul Anderson used the song in the 1967 novel World Without Stars and also its origin with the Norwegian song "Anna Lovinda", even if "Mary O'Meara" is usually sung using an original melody made by Anne Passovoy.

On Anna Lovinda: origin, versions, and similarity to Mary O'Meara )

Be Weird

Apr. 21st, 2017 01:06 pm
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My wife has been collecting t-shirts, following Supernatural and been active in Gishwhes for a couple of years now. When I was hanging up her t-shirt with the text "Be Weird" after washing it, the following came stuck in my head, ttto Go West by the Village People.

(Together) We will go our way )

Bokbacillen

Apr. 4th, 2017 01:30 pm
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The last one of the backlog of new filks was the last finished, but it had been on the backburner for awhile. My friend and long-time Finnish fan Marianna Leikomaa wrote on Facebook that she had gone out to buy clothes, but returned home with two books instead.

Such a truly fannish thing has to be filked, and I quickly got a thematic fit in Jazzbacillen. It was originally written as the jazz tune The Preacher. Peter Himmelstrand wrote a set of lyrics about a girl being infected by jazz that were recorded by Siw Malmkvist and became a standard of Swedish pop music.

Min plånbok bränner av pengar )
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Another new filk of mine, this one a Harry Potter one. I've been exploring a bit of the Swedish nerdy music scene, and that led to listening to some of the songs by The Swedish Shortsnouts (Facebook link), a Swedish wizard rock band. What struck me was the way they had picked up some of the social and environmental awareness that is found in Swedish punk, but they hadn't picked up the slavery analogues with the house elves (or they had, but I missed it). That merged with Cornelis Vreeswijk's masterful song Somliga går med trasiga skor about walking with broken shoes.

Somliga går utan strumpor och skor )

(Cornelis did a version in Dutch as well, Waar ga ja heen, picking up some of the same themes as the Swedish lyrics but going in a different direction. And for those who recognise the melody, Cornelis apparently adapted the melody from The House Carpenter, though the lyrics has no relation.)
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I haven't posted much here, but I've still written a few new filk songs. First one was written very quickly after a comment over on the Girl Genius LJ feed, where Dimo, Oggie, Maxim, and Jenka turns up. This was the full result, though I haven't been able (or bothered) to put it in full Jägerspeek yet.

Da Boyz Iz Back In Town )
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I sat down with another go at The Kencyrath Tune, and finished another lyrics triplet. I also decided to change the title to "The Dream-Weaver's Song".

To the tune of Hårgalåten and based on the Kencyrath series by P.C. Hodgell ([livejournal.com profile] tagmeth).

Gerridon a man of pride was he )

On the original song and the legend )
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Not sure how it happened, but Mad Max: Fury Road and Take Me Home, Country Roads mashed themselves together in my head, leading to this.

Take Me Home, Fury Road )

Note that the scansion is a little bit different in that "The Green Place" will have an extra-long "Place" to make it fit to "West Virginia". "Painted in the sky / the tracks of old machines" refers back to the scene where they watch the sky, talking about satellites.
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The Swedish fan Peter Ekberg made a joke based on Tolkien and the classic Swedish TV show Macken, which led to me writing a filk based on the show's theme tune.

Balroys och Balrogers hål )

Another Swedish fan, Anna Gable Frimodig, proposed changing "Moria" to "ett djup" for better scansion, and it can also be used instead of "hål" in the verses as well, especially as it fits better with the Swedish Tolkien translations. No matter what, I recommend doing lots of practice before attempting to sing this.
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I am up to one hundred filk songs written now (depending a little on how one counts written, and how one defines filk; your definition of filk might give a lower amount). Not all of them are good (there are one or two that I'm fairly sure are utterly unsingable, at least by me), some are extremely obscure (like the songs based on not yet published books), some are hardly classifiable as filk, and some have not been published due to various reasons, but I think that's enough to do some statistics.

Topics )

Base Song Authors )

Base songs )

Language )

Chorus )

Chronology )

All my published filks can be found using the filk tag.
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Last update, I mentioned that I hadn't been writing many new filks. Since then, I've written three new ones, though two of them were spur-of-the-moment filks.

First one was mostly written as a lark, when a fellow fan in the Facebook group "F Is For Filker" complained about his gloves being stolen to the tune of "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by The Beatles, leading to a flurry of gloves-themed Beatles filk. This was my contribution, to the tune of "All You Need Is Love".

All You Need Is Gloves )

The second one was written after a fellow Swedish fan retold her encounter with a large spider in her bedroom, and the phrase "the spider's in the jar" had lodged itself in my brain. To the tune of "Whiskey in the Jar".

The Spider's in the Jar )

(Yes, she had improvised a flame thrower to kill a spider at an earlier date.)

The last one was a long time coming. I've followed PC Hodgell's ([livejournal.com profile] tagmeth) Kencyrath series for a while now. A while ago, I noted the similarities between the opening legend about Gerridon and Jamethiel and the Swedish Hårga legend, where the devil starts to play and makes all the youth of Hårga dance until they die. One of the most famous Swedish hambo tunes is associated with Hårga and the legend, but it took me a while to finish the lyrics. I'm thinking of maybe writing another set of verses as well, but the current lyrics covers the opening legend nicely.

The traditional tune of Hårgalåten (sometimes also spelled Horgalåten) has several sets of lyrics associated with it, but the most famous one was written by Lennart Hellsing. There are lots of Youtubes of this one, e.g.: Elina (including a basic English translation in the description); Åsa Jinder (instrumental jazz); Kebnekajse (progressive rock).

The Kencyrath Tune )
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I haven't been writing that many filks lately, partly because the main ideas I had never quite gelled, despite being very good in theory. But I got two new filks written this week.

First out was an instafilk with a single verse, riffing off Frank Hayes's "Never Set the Cat on Fire" (likely the second-most filked filk song of all times, unless one counts "The Real Old Time Religion"). It was written to console a fellow filker who found that they couldn't go to GAFilk due to bad weather, and after they had posted a picture of some of their cats by the fireplace.

Never Drive in Sleet or Snow )

The other one is in Swedish and based on the poem and song Flickorna i Småland. The poem was written in 1912 by Karl Williams and Fridolf Lundberg wrote the tune in 1913. It was largely unnoticed for 30 years, but then it became a hit in 1942 when Sven-Olof Sandberg recorded it, and in 1951 Delta Rhythm Boys made another recording that was a monster hit. It is still a popular song here, but nowadays mainly for reworks and reimaginings. To take but one example, my mother and aunt wrote new lyrics with the topic being my wife and myself, and sang them to us at our wedding party. Our daughter was also born in Ljungby, where the song was inspired and written.

Youtubes of some memorable versions: Margareta Kjellberg (1940, traditional); Delta Rhythm Boys (1951, jazz); Eddie Meduza (1996, rockabilly); Lena Philipsson and Charlotte Perrelli (2003, barely SFW); Gina Dirawi and Charlotte Perrelli (2016, show tune with new lyrics).

Fandom uti Finland )
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Another instafilk, based on a comment on the Filker Facebook group. Based on Tim Spencer's song "Cigarettes, Whiskey, and Wild Wild Women", but I learnt of it from Cacka Israelsson's Swedish version "Cigaretter, whiskey och vilda kvinnor" (YouTube)

Filking, F-bombs and surly poems )
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On November 19th 1915, Joe Hill was murdered by the State of Utah for the crime of filking.

This one was written October 4th, based on Joe Hill's 1913 song What We Want, set to the tune Rainbow from 1908 by Percy Wenrich (note: a so-called Indian Song). I had never heard the tune or the song before [livejournal.com profile] patoadam sent me a copy of John McCutcheon's CD "Joe Hill's Last Will", for which I am very thankful. The song was meant as a celebration of what I and others wanted to achieve with Worldcon 75.

Then, just a few days later, [livejournal.com profile] filkerdave and Worldcon 75 had their huge falling out.

Needless to say, my feelings towards this song are very conflicted right now. I know it can need quite a bit more polishing, but at the same time it's hard for me to get back to it.

We want the reader and the writer and the cosplayer… )

My previously posted Joe Hill filks: 2014, 2015

Robothund

Oct. 31st, 2016 09:55 pm
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I have a low-key long-term project to write filks in as many big-name fandoms as I can. One of the larger missing pieces had been Doctor Who, but during dinner I hit upon a good idea: singing about K-9 instead of the Doctor, and basing it on Änglahund by Hasse "Kvinnaböske" Andersson (YouTube; there is an English version, "Angel Buddy" too, but it's not as good).

Får man ta hunden med sej i sin TARDIS )

LunCon

Oct. 25th, 2016 11:51 pm
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Another con report filk, this one from LunCon 2016 (or perhaps the more fanhistorically correct LunCon 4). Since the con was held in Sweden and everyone present at least understands Swedish, this one is in Swedish too.

It is based on another Bellman song, Fredmans epistel 3, often known by its opening line "Fader Berg i hornet stöter" (YouTube). The tune is a menuet, possibly with substantial changes made by Bellman himself. The original song describes a very wet party, ending with the singer/narrator passing out. LunCon, on the other hand, was held in the local IOGT locale, and the only drugs served were coffee and egoboo.

Til en och hvar av Fridorna )

People well-versed in Swedish fan history will be able to find a minor mistake in the song.

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