Karl-Johan (kjn) wrote,
Karl-Johan
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A Filk Melody

A while ago, I wrote Filkarvisan, where I referenced various lyricists that I and other Swedish fans have filked (or were filking, in one case). Only trouble was, I also mentioned Nils Ferlin, who never has been filked by science fiction fandom (at least as far as I know).

So I had to fix that. "A Filk Melody" is based on Ferlin's most famous poem, "En valsmelodi", with a tune by Lille Bror Söderlundh. Here's a YouTube (there are lots more; it's a very popular song over here), but it has also been translated to German as Schnulze aus Schmalz by Wolf Biermann (available on iTunes) and to English by Roger Hinchliffe as A Waltz (On the Wild Side).


Day is now dark, darkness has sparked,
starlight and catfight and filkers.
All of our clan, trekker and fan,
sleep now from beers and from bitters.
The neos now dream before they will rouse,
how Roscoe on his rocket travel round our house.
And lonely in night I surrender,
to filking an ose-filled wreck,
and my legs are too skinny, too slender,
and so are my arms and my neck.
I have sung my songs off key in circles at times,
and hope you may forgive me some rhyming crimes,
for my legs are too skinny too slender,
and so are my arms and my neck.

Now comes regret, from the cassette,
playing for Hansel and Gretel.
Filker alas, damn fool alas,
now I am showing my mettle.
Please give me something rhyming with fiddle,
I've already used middle and riddle.
And lonely in night I surrender,
to filking an ose-filled wreck,
and my legs are too skinny too slender,
and so are my arms and my neck.
I now say that fandom is just a goddamn hobby,
and soon in my grave worms and maggots so blobby,
find my legs are too skinny too slender,
and so are my arms and my neck.

That should fill up my ose quota for quite some time.
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