Any song, sung with the wrong words, loudly, and off key.
- Robert Asprin
The best part of a science-fiction convention.
- filk singers
The biggest annoyance at a science-fiction convention.
- the kind of people who never get puns
Front-line of the battle to take back our culture
from the mass-media conspiracy.
- literate filk-singers
A conspiracy to drive all music lovers batspit.
For a more thorough intro to filk singing, see the Interfilk site. You can also browse the newsgroup rec.music.filk; if your own server does not subscribe, try Dejanews.
First, you've got to know the original that this was taken from.
This folk song was originally sung by sailors who came into shore with
several month's pay in their pocket because they hadn't had any place to
spend it, found lots of places to spend it, and had to sail again because
they were broke.
And it's all for me grog,
Me jolly, jolly grog,
It's all for me beer and tobacco,
For I spent all me tin
on the lassies, drinking gin,
And across the Western Ocean I must wander.
And where are me shoes,
Me jolly, jolly shoes?
They've all gone for beer and tobacco,
For the soles is all wore out,
And the tops is knocked about,
And the heels is looking out for better weather!