, 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 (tagmeth
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.
(including a basic English translation in the description); Åsa Jinder
(instrumental jazz); Kebnekajse
(progressive rock).( The Kencyrath Tune )