Filk Songs

For those who already know what a filk song is, here are the links to those I've written. For those who don't know what a filk is, it's what most other people would call a folk song; the name originates from a typo in the program for a science fiction convention (I was surprised to actually find the word and the history in the OED, no less)

What most SF fans call a filk song is even more focused: it's a popular song whose words have been rewritten, usually with a fandom theme. A filker's great hope is that their work will become so well known that it eclipses the original song. This happened to the following English drinking song:

To Anacreon in Heaven,
Where he gleefully sat,
A few sons of Harmony
Sent up a petition,

That he their inspirer
And patron would be
When the answer arrived
From the jolly old Grecian:

"Voice, fiddle, and flute,
No longer be mute,
I'll lend you my name,
And inspire you to boot.
And besides I'll instruct you
Like me to entwine,
The mantle of Venus
With Bacchus's vine."

The filk is this song, which is far better known. I've been filking for a while, and have written the following (the inactive links are filks in progress); within a category, I've listed the filks in the order they were written so you can see the growth (or lack thereof) of my musical talent.

A List of Songs by Subject

This is a list of every song I've put on these pages (so far), organized by subject and first line.
SubjectTitleFirst Line
BawdyAround the World in Eighty Lays Alibech a monk did tell...
FightingThe Blue Passant Tiger Suiting up, grabbing my shield...
FightingDown on the List Field Down on the list field...
FightingFighter Jock Just a steel clad boy on a Satuday night...
FightingThe Judas Goat Company Marching Song We are the warriors of...
Fighting, CrownThe Girl Who Would Be Queen There was a pretty and charming lass...
Fighting, PensicThe Master of the Field At the crack of dawn...
Foreign languageJe Ne Sais Pas Quoi Je Chante Je ne sais pas quoi je chante...
History (real)Eagle in the Straw (American history) Our first President was Washington, at least that's what you say...
History (real)The Kings and Queens of England When William, Duke of all Normandy...
History (real)Ode to the Amendments Take the constitution as the basic framework of our laws...
HumorousAlcuin Riddle Song (I'm My Own Grandpa) Once a wise man said to me...
HumorousThe Madness of the Roman King Once the Romans had a king...
HumorousThe Shakespeare Song I met a man in London town...
HumorousThe Shah and the Sage When the game of chess was first made by a Persian sage...
HumorousSummer Is Icumen In——Achoo! Summer is icumen in..
HumorousThe Three Labors There were three tasks a knight gave a squire...
HumorousWe Wish You a Merry Garble We wish you a merry Christmas...
HumorousWe Wish You a Merry Pensic We wish you a merry Pensic...
MathThe Log Song To multiply, add...
MathThe Taylor Funct Here's the story...
MathThe Mathematicians Drinking Song We drink to mathematics...
MathAleph One Bottles of Beer on the Wall Aleph one bottles of beer on the wall...
MathHilbert's Problem Set Oh the year was nineteen double oh...
MathSolving Diff EQs Once a jolly math man set a mass upon a spring...
Mythology (Norse)He'll be riding eight-legged horsesHe'll be riding eight legged horses when it comes...
Mythology (Cthulhu)The Miskatonic University Marching Song Mine eyes have gazed upon things that should never be perceived...
SCA lifeAre You Trying to Pass Your Device? Are you trying to pass your device?
SCA lifeThe Brewer's Hymn Mine eyes have see the remnants of our first attempt to brew
SCA lifeThe Newbie Song When I was a novice, fresh into the eastern kingdom...
SCA lifeOne More Bag of Stuff (A SCAdians Lament) When I was a newbie my stuff fit into a box...
SCA lifeThe SCA Bunch Here's the story of re-enactors...
SCA lifeScarred Borough Wear Are you going to the Pensic war?
SCA lifeThe Summer of A.S. IX Got my first real pot helm...
SCA lifeWhose Garb Is This?Could you please tell me whose garb this is...
SCA lifeThe SCAdian Next DoorWe are, we are, we are, we are, we are the SCA...
SCA life, childrenThe SCA Grove When I was a young man I joined recreators...
SCA life, cookingThe Cook's Lament Alas, my lord you've done me wrong...
SCA life, cookingMince the Garlic Mince the garlic, boil the marrow...
SchoolThe TA Though I am just a student, and my story's often told...
Science Fiction (Babylon 5)Bester's Telepaths Oh the year was 2257...
Social commentaryThe Dueling Guildsmen There was a proud knight long ago...
Social commentaryWhere Have All the Car Flags Gone? Where have all the car flags gone...
Social commentary, environmentalismMy Son's Estate When our forefathers came to this land...
Social commentary, globalizationAre You Patrons of the Megastores? Are you patrons of the Megastores?...
Social commentary, justiceAlas My Neighbor Alas, my neighbor you've done me wrong...
Social commentary, PresidencyFooling the People Once a jolly scion camped on the White House lawn...
Social commentary, tyrannyThe Bay Tree There was an ancient king of this land...
Social commentary, tyrannyOur Thoughts Are Our Own Ho, brother John, dost hear the decreee?
Social commentary, tyrannyRights For Safety Once long ago a mighty land...
Social commentary, tyrannyA Warning to Tyrants When bad King John ruled all the land...
Social commentary, warThe Coward Marshal In Pensic town, where I was last...
Social commentary, warThe Farmer and the Gun Once long ago in a land far away...
Social commentary, warThe Raven's Question When on the eve of a battle fierce
Story song, ChaucerThe Robbers Three When robbers three sought to win fame...
Story song, ChaucerChanticleer and the Fox When Chanticleer, the rooster king, his death in dreams foretold...

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