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Saturday, September 01, 2007

050: I'm On Firefly

I'm calling a Mulligan on this one.

See, my personal rules for iTom are [a] no parodies and [b] the song must be new. However, between a whole buncha Real Life 'n' stuff, I simply haven't had the time to finish up any of the songs I've been working on.

I also happen this weekend to be at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA, where there are lots and lots of Browncoats, i.e., fans of the TV series Firefly, a modern myth if ever there was. And I've been wanting to put up a good recording of this song for awhile. Fortunately, at GenCon Indy, I got one.
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I'm On Firefly
Words © 2005 by Tom Smith
Music: "Because I Got High" by Afroman
Released under a Creative Commons Noncommercial ShareAlike License


Well, I'm the captain, Mal, my wit is dry,
I may never be a success, but I'm gonna try,
I live by one law: Murphy's -- and you know why, yay-hey,
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly.
Yada-dah-dah-dah-dah....

Well, I'm the first mate, Zoe, I always survive,
Like my career after Cleopatra 2525.
I'm the hottie who'll kick your ass, and you know why, yay-hey,
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly.
Yada-dah-dah-dah-dah....

I'm Zoe's husband Wash, I'm one lucky guy,
I'm also the pilot, so shut up and let me fly,
I'm the comic relief on the wind, and you know why, yay-hey,
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly.
Yada-dah-dah-dah-dah....

I'm Jayne, the hero of Canton, I'm one studly guy,
Don't get on my bad side, or you're gonna die,
Oh yeah -- I don't have a good side, and you know why, yay-hey,
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly.
Yada-dah-dah-dah-dah....

I'm Kaylee the engineer, I know what to do,
I'm the oversexed grease monkey snarky savant Mary Sue,
I'm in lust with Simple Simon, and you know why, yay-hey,
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly.
Yada-dah-dah-dah-dah....

I'm Simon, the doctor, and Jayne gets on my nerves,
If he doesn't shut up, I'll make sure he gets what he deserves:
I'll lock him in a room with my sister, and you know why, yay-hey,
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly.
Yada-dah-dah-dah-dah....

I'm River...
I think...
There's a 29.22% chance that this verse won't scan,
But rewriting it in iambic -- oooh, dancing!

I'm Inara, the Companion, in love with Mal -- who knows why,
He always calls me a whore, I guess he's shy --
And nothing will ever happen, 'cause so am I, yay-hey,
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly.
Yada-dah-dah-dah-dah...

I'm Shepherd Book, the token... religious guy,
I've got a great left hook and I think like a spy.
All that Barney Miller paid off, and you know why, yay-hey,
I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly, I'm on Firefly.
Yada-dah-dah-dah-dah....

Well, I'm Joss Whedon, the creator, yeah, that's me,
The only one to compare is J. Michael Straczynski.
I thank you all for watching Serenity, yay-hey,
Buy my DVD, buy my DVD, buy my DVD.
Yada-dah-dah-dah-dah....

I'm Brannon Braga, and I'm the Star Trek guy,
Forty years of franchise, and you can kiss it goodbye,
Joss got it right in one -- I hate that guy, yay-hey,
He did Firefly, he did Firefly, he did Firefly.
Yada-dah-dah-dah-dah....

Well, now this song is done, time to say goodbye,
It's been a lot of fun, but I've gotta fly,
I've set aside fifteen hours, and you know why, yay-hey,
To watch Firefly, to watch Firefly, to watch Firefly.
Yada-dah-dah-dah-dah....

12 Comments:

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Saganth said...

I know you set a rule of no parodies, but man you need to berak the rule more often with songs this good!!!!!!!!! I don;t care if your music is original or borrowed, when it's this funny, KEEP IT UP! :)

Oh, and question: any chance we'll ever hear a song about Farscape from you? I know of no filk at all for that wonderful show.

 
At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Fuuberry said...

Fabulous song! I haven't had the chance to see you live in years and years, so it's new to me! :D

Oh, and Saganth, if you want some Farscape filk, have this Pirates of Penzance parody: http://www.scaper.com/fanfiction/pk.html

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Jeremy said...

I'm with saganth. Break the rule more often if you come up with stuff like this!

 
At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Rivka said...

Oh, goddess, why do you have those rules? They keep you from doing this!

Throw them out!

 
At 3:58 PM, Blogger Garrett said...

*wild applause*

I loved the song when I first read the lyrics, but I had no idea what the tune was. Thanks so much for posting this!

 
At 9:34 PM, Blogger WildCard9 said...

Thank you for posting this song!! I heard you do it once before and have been wanting a copy of it ever since.

 
At 2:52 AM, Blogger mirrorshadespete said...

This was really great and really funny!!!!! This is the first time I ran across your page and I know I'll be back.

Great song and printed lyrics too. Great work Tom. :)

 
At 3:34 PM, Blogger kala said...

I Love It!

 
At 8:13 AM, Anonymous podblack said...

Absolutely loved it. I just sent the link to Derek of Skepticality Podcast, who was also at Dragon*Con as a part of the Skeptic / Science track at the con. Looking forward to hearing more of your work - noticed it profiled on http://music.podshow.com - the Podsafe Music Network as a song to get, so I think they're doing you some good business there! Keep it up, K.

 
At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Julesong said...

As a Firefly fan, and a keeper of "FireFilk"... I've just gotta say that YOU RULE! :) Tom, I love this!!

 
At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was...fuckin...awesome!!!!

 
At 12:12 AM, Blogger MaGnUs said...

This song was amazing! I loved the public's reaction.

 

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