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 woman, possibly Ecklar

snippets of lyrics (makes me think Darkover)

I know that I shall never buy my freedom  
for each shackle was bound to my by my own hand

since they day I pledged my life to serving man 

updated: The title is CHAINS by Cynthia McQuillan from her album Singer in the Shadow

morgandawn: fandomhistory (cannotburnfanlore)
There is a discussion taking place on Fanlore, the fan run wiki about media  fandom. Please weigh in there (accounts are free) or here.

Ex: Was Weird Al Yankovic a filker? 2) What about the recent  parodies by "The Hillywood Show"? 3. Or the Youtube video Vulcan Face, an audio and visual?

morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)
 The recording "T'hy'la" is a K/S filk song. We have been unable - so far - to ID who wrote it or who sung it. It does not help that the recording is poor. Having said this, we'd love to 'crowd-source" transcribing the lyrics. Below are 2 transcribed versions of the lyrics - questionable words are in brackets. If you're interested in helping, drop me a note or email me at mdawn6 @ and I'll send you the link to the file.

Version A


You needed me now
I needed you then
The time has
come to [heal] again

my t'hy'la
:28 time marker
From a distant [year] you call my name
From a distant land I came

:40 time marker
Reach out
to me my brother
Call out my name in your
No matter where I am I'll hear
seek me out and see what you find


1:15 time marker
I thought I could make it
without you
[Heritage can't be denied]
Somehow you reached out and touched
Somehow a part of me [cries]


1:45 time marker
[Away for 3 years from Vulcan]
Vulcan nature or thought
1:53 [Friendship] is something forever
Feelings could never be fought


You needed me now
I needed you
The time has come to [begin] again

Version B


You needed me now
I needed you then
The time has come to [heal] again

my t'hy'la
From a distant [year] you call my name
From a distant land [I kind]

Reach out to me my brother
Call out my name in your mind
No matter where I am I'll hear you
[pick] me out and see what you find


I thought I could make it without you
Where have you cast me tonight
Somehow you reached out and touched me
Some how a part of me [cries]


1:45 [I'm very unsure about most of this verse]
A way for be it a Vulcan
Vulcan nature or thought
1:53 Stretch him is something forever
Feelings could never be fought


You needed me now
I needed you then
The time has come to heal again

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 It is short (2 min) filk song about Mary Sue Fan Fic. Drop me a note or email mdawn6 @
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Jonah (I met a man with weary eyes..
....Jonah, why did you run?) 
written by April Valentine

T'hy'la ("Reach out to me my brother
call out my name in your mind...
...I thought I could live without you...")

Who wrote: "What Do You Do With A Drunken Vulcan" Twas Roberta Rogow!
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Posted in full at: at November 16, 2015 at 05:45PM


Filk songs are a longstanding part of both media fandom and scfi-fi fandom history. Lyrics are often set to well known songs so that audiences can sing along. This filk song was performed in the early 1980s and released on the “Cosmic Connection” cassette tape.

THE TREKKER (to the tune of Simon and Garfunkle’s “The Boxer”)                  
(lyrics by Cheryl White & Jeanne Cloud)

Tags:filk, fandom history, the great broads of the galaxy, DWCrosspost

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
 (if you don't know what filk is read about it here).

A few years ago, Linda Short, a Blake's 7 filker passed away and a few of her filk songs were converted:
I am converting another filk tape by The Zen Nine From Outer Space:   Hip Deep In Heroes right now
The song "Poor Blake" is hilarious
morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)

The early Star Trek conventions were fan produced and fan run. The conventions were hugely popular and thousands of people would show up. The history of some of these early fan conventions has been documented onFanlore, the fan run wiki here.

After the 1975 convention, fans wrote a filk song about their experiences. 

A 1975 filk, “Battle Hymn of the 1975 ST Con” in Tetrumbriant #7, by “A Cast of Thousands” : 

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the ending of The Con.

They were tramping out the carpet when the movies were not on.

They were pushing back the walls

the guests had rested hands upon.

Praise GhuG,* they are all gone!


Glory, Glory Roddenberry!

Glory, Glory Roddenberry!

Glory, Glory Roddenberry!

Praise GhuG, they are all Gone!!

They were lurking in the corridors

where Gene and Majel lived,

Our security arrangements were as leaky as a sieve,

Room numbers Committee didn’t know

Trekkies would gladly give!

Praise GhuG, they are all gone!

Chorus 3X.

Bill Shatner, owes his life,

to fen who’s names he’ll never know.

They are placing their fragile bodies,

where Trekkies want to go.

And all are deeply thankful

Leonard Nimoy did not show!

Praise GhuG, they are all gone!

Chorus 3X.

Our Guests were wont to wander,

where Helpers fear to go.

Dear George once tried to roam around

and thought no one would know.

We picked up what was left of him

and put him in the show.

Praise GhuG, they are all gone!

Chorus 3X.

Ike Asimov made speeches where he told

all he did know.

Jeff Maynard set up for six days,

to put on his Light Show!

Robert Lansing gave us extra work,

he knows where he can go!

Praise GhuG, they are all gone!

Chorus 3X.

There wasn’t much of Destiny,

her costume didn’t show!

The Vulcan Hooker, Patia

matched her blow for blow!

But the Helpers didn’t notice —

they were busy clearing rows!

Praise GhuG, they are all gone!


Chorus 3X.

Bob Lansing, Gene and Majel were all

drinking in the suite.

The Committee and Assistants are all nursing blistered feet.

We’ll discuss our plans for next year’s con


Praise GhuG, they are all gone!

Chorus 3X.

David Gerrold brought some fur with him,

A Tribble it was called.

Dick Hoagland gave us speeches on

the Space Program, now stalled.

And Bill Theiss showed us costumes

which we all thought would fall.

Praise GhuG, they are all gone! [31]

 *If anyone knows what “Praise GhuG” means drop me a note.

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)

A free e-book on the history of filk music, from its beginnings in the forties to the present.

Help make it happen for Tomorrow’s Songs Today: The History of Filk Music. Only a few days left in the fundraiser to help pay for the copy-edited and cover art.

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On eBay
fantasy author Pat Rothfuss is auctioning off his first piece of filk printed on a dot matrix printer. In the listing Pat apologizes to Terry Pratchett (Terry's books were the inspiration for the filk). The lyrics are titled: "A Wizard's Staff has a Knob on the End". Proceeds go to Worldbuilder charity.

From the eBay listing
: "The photo is for illustrative purposes only. Shamefaced fantasy author not included, but you do get the sheet of paper he's holding."

morgandawn: (Dr Who Purple Tardis)
Again, a gift from one of my trusted minions un-indicted co-conspirators fellow Peripatetic Historians:

"I Feel a Smile Coming On," filk by Mary Frey, illo by Kathy Carlson from the zine IDIC #4.

morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)
In the grand filk tradition, take a peek at this recruitment video for first time DashCon attendees. Lyrics and singing by Mallory.

"meeting all my friends for the first time,
am I gonna fit in?....

So hard without a laptop in front of me
it's definitely not an online party
'cause all I see are real people
I wonder how this is gonna go?...

I'll be back online tonight....."

Working Youtube link

edited: I am having such a lovely "Star Trek in the early days convention" flashback. Teenagers persuading their parents to let them take the bus across country to meet total strangers. And if not, getting their parents to take them. Fans caravaning to the event.  Organizing 3,000+ conventions  from the very start. Reminding one another that even though they need more wood to build the booths, to not carry the wood back home on the city buses.
morgandawn: (Dr Who Fantastic kyizi)
Earlier in the year I blogged about how the filk community needed an institutional preservation effort - much like the one for fanzines at the University of Iowa Fanzine Archives that the OTW helped set up (aka the Open Doors project)

Well, Texas A&M University is looking to start a filk collection to supplement its current science fiction/fantasy/media fandom collections. They would love to hear from the filk community. Contact Archivist Jeremy Brett (jwbrett @ for more details.

They’re working on the press release but the short version is they will accept all filk content – tapes, records, books, photos and digital recordings/conversions.

OK to repost, link to this post or forward.

PS. Here, have some more filk.

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
Today I am listening to space ship filk songs. And loving fandom all over again.

You can listen to the entire filk album "Minus Ten and Counting" here. But two songs that I liked are

"It's the loveliest show on this Earth that you'll see;
It's living and real, not just tape-on-TV.
So come to Canaveral, and bring lots of beer.
When the space-ship takes off we'll all stand up and cheer.
(about watching the space shuttles take off and land)

More at Fanlore (reviews, memories and comments on the songs welcomed)

morgandawn: (Fair Use)
For those of you just joining us, filking is a long standing science fiction/fantasy activity where fans write their own sci-fi/fantasy themed lyrics and set them to either popular music or original music. Media fandom filking (TV/movies) is part of this larger filking community.

As far as I know there have been few large scale efforts to (a) document the history of the filking community (along the lines of Fanlore) and (b) even more importantly, to preserve the decaying and obsolete audio cassette tapes. Many have looked at the legal and technical hurdles and given up or have been driven underground. Edited to add: But oh brave filkers, if only someone would partner with a university like UCLA, your filk recordings might yet be saved.

On the subject of preserving decaying material and obsolete formats, libraries and universities have the right under the Preservation exception to the US Copyright code to digitize "at risk" materials. There are many requirements they have to meet, one of them that they must physically own the artifact (tape, book) etc before digitizing. Given how few filk cassettes were produced, acquiring a copy of the tape may be impossible, even while an audio backup may exist.

The other aspect of the digitizing efforts is what to do with 'orphan works' - works where neither the creator, publisher nor their heirs can be found. Currently there is no orphan works exception to the US copyright code, but recent court decisions and ongoing digitization projects have indicated that mass digitization by universities and libraries can, under certain circumstances fall under the existing "fair use" exception. Even more interesting is that the Library Congress is once again soliciting commentary on how to craft an orphan works exceptions to the US Copyright code. (They tried to have a discussion in 2008, but they did not get far given the anti-fair use sentiment that existed back then).

Which leads me to this blog article. You can read the full piece here:

"On Monday, January 14, 2013, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) (whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries and Association of College and Research Libraries) filed comments (pdf) with the U.S. Copyright Office in response to their October 22, 2012, Notice of Inquiry about the current state of play with orphan works and mass digitization....In its comments, LCA explains that “significant changes in the copyright landscape over the past seven years convince us that libraries no longer need legislative reform in order to make appropriate uses of orphan works.” Specifically, two key developments make it possible for libraries to engage in mass digitization and other projects that involve orphan works:
  • Court decisions have further solidified libraries’ rights under fair use; and
  • Libraries have successfully engaged in a range of projects involving orphan works and mass digitization.
While other communities may prefer greater certainty concerning what steps they would need to take to fall within a safe harbor, libraries can rely on their existing rights, including fair use."

Translation: we've been doing it for years and the courts are supporting us, so we'll take our chances with the lawyers and not the Congressional Crazies.


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