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Fandom uti Finland [Jan. 10th, 2017|11:54 pm]

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,
you will end up in ditches
And if you get out with a tow,
getting back will be a bitches
You better then should stay at home,
than to far-flung cons a-roam
No, 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).

Med corfluröda tofsar
och med rimmande stoj,
som hela mondän krossar
goshwowwow och boyohboy.
Så kan du se dem en och en
och stundom som en kör,
där conens alla sidor
visar fandom hur man gör.

Det är fandom uti Finland,
det är fandom ifrån öst.
Det är fandom med en råkraft och
som jobbar kopiöst
Ja, det är fandom uti Finland
goshwowwow och boyohboy
som är ambitiös
och hämningslös
och gör fandom skoj.

Och går du ut på vägarna,
du sökande fan,
ja går du ut i världen
för att söka fandom sann,
och frågar du och spörjer,
goshwowwow och boyohboy
var månn' i hela världen
som fandom har mest skoj.

Det är fandom uti Finland…

Och vänder du dig spörjande
till 'zinen av igår,
och vänder du dig sörjande
till nätets alla vrår,
då skall du höra fandoms
goshwowwow och boyohboy
dig svara var i världen
som fandom har mest skoj.

Det är fandom uti Finland…

Crossposted from http://kjn.dreamwidth.org/67067.html