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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

001: I Want My Flying Car

And so it begins!

When I was growing up, spies and outer space stuff were huge. And there were a gazillion or so visions of futuristic technology, from Maxwell Smart's shoe phone to The Man From Glad's jet pack and flying platform, from the Jupiter 2 to the Enterprise's transporter beam. (My own favorite vision of the future was Jule Newmar as AF-709, the robot on My Living Doll.) Everybody just knew it would be really cool, at least in getting from Point A to Point B.

Forty years later, and here we are with $3.00+/gallon gas, wars in the Middle East, and big, ugly boxes driven by people more interested in their cell phones than in your, or their, personal safety.

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I Want My Flying Car
Words and Music © 2006 by Tom Smith

Released under a Creative Commons Noncommercial ShareAlike license

I'm a twenty-first century man
With my twenty-first-century stuff
But my GPS and PCI-Express
Are never gonna be enough

I got a toothbrush that turns the mattress,
Got a phone that'll walk the cat
My plasma TVs record DVDs
But I don't care about that

I want my flying car
I want my flying car
I want this two-bit Dodge the hell out of my garage
Hitch my station wagon to a star
I want my flying car

They told us we'd have robots and portable fusion,
Clone our bodies so we wouldn't stay dead,
But I have to doubt 'cause it didn't come out
The way Mr. Asimov said.

My coffee brews itself every morning,
My shower cleans itself every night,
But twice a day I'm caught in a traffic knot
I'm growing older at every red light.

I want my flying car
I want my flying car
You know it just ain't fair, I wanna hit the air
Bid the street life au revoire,
I want my flying car
I want my flying car
If I make a mistake I can use my air brake,
Or grab a phone line with a spar,
I want my flying car

No more waitin' and hatin, and jerks tailgatin'
When I'm levitatin' over the town.
Parking fees wouldn't matter, I'd drop a rope ladder
Over side and climb right down.
No barrels or cones or construction zones,
No blasting radio in the next lane,
I'd put on a Stetson and make like George Jetson,
If I've got a flyin' car, I can get a girl like a

... Jane, stop this crazy thing!

A thousand miles to the gallon,
It never rides bumpy or loud,
When the weather gets nasty, I make a real fast Z-
Postive climb through the clouds,
I never worry 'bout signs or signals,
'Cause who's gonna take me to jail?
Wait, what's that siren? Is someone else flyin'?
I got pigs on the wing on my tail.

Up in my flying car
I want my flying car
Why stay on the ground when you can drive around
In a Chevrolet Shooting Star?
I want my flying car
I want my flying car
Well, I don't care how, 'cause I'm ready now,
The future can't be that far,
I want my flying car.


At 6:08 PM, Blogger Will "scifantasy" Frank said...

Strong start to the new service, Tom. And a sentiment I agree with.

The first stanza is a bit hard to hear, but that's probably because of the style you were going for. Reminds me a bit of your first take of "Bullet Time."

Nice tip of the hat to Asimov, too, and some truly brilliant awful rhymes.

At 6:11 PM, Blogger filkertom said...

Thanks for the kind words. And, I'm sorry about the volume on that -- I thought it was sufficient. Listen, I just finished it this morning, I can mix it again. :) Anybody else think I need to boost the volume on the first verse? And, you're exactly right -- it's precisely the same effect I used on "Bullet Time", for pretty much the same artistic reason.

At 6:24 PM, Anonymous trdsf said...

Hear hear--the only nit I have to pick is that it's Doctor Asimov, not Mister. :)

At 7:13 PM, Blogger filkertom said...

Without question. "Mister" sounded better when I sung it.

At 10:07 PM, Anonymous trdsf said...

It's times like this I wish I believed in a hereafter just for the idea of Asimov perched on a cloud, frantically waving an ethereal sheepskin in protest. :D

I hadn't thought about matters of scansion... which is probably why I'm a musician and not a lyricist. I suppose 'mister' does flow more smoothly than the rather harder consonants of 'doctor', now that I think about it.

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Will "scifantasy" Frank said...

I wouldn't commit excess resources to remixing it, but if it's not expensive (in any sense of the word), it might be interesting to do it and then see what you think about the new cut.

At 2:24 AM, Anonymous Uncle Lumpy said...

What? Not even one little derogatory comment towards the fossil fuel lobby?

At 2:56 AM, Anonymous jacob_day said...

Gorram fossil fuel lobby!

At 3:38 AM, Anonymous StarsongKY said...

I about spit frappuccino all over the keyboard when I caught the Firefly reference! So, how about some Browncoat ballads already?

At 9:24 AM, Blogger filkertom said...

I'll be recording a Firefly song very soon. Not sure if I'll put it up here, because it's several months old and I've sung it at a few cons, which is at cross purposes to what I intend with this, but we'll see.

At 1:57 PM, Anonymous galicola said...

great song, and LOL about the Jane tune :-)

At 6:15 PM, Anonymous Weetzie said...

Aww... Sure, get me all excited at the idea of hearing a Firefly song, while I'm down here in Orlando, starving for fresh filk, and then say you won't put it here.

I miss Marcon...

Wonderful song, though.

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