Short index, with one line per song. Includes short file names, links to
printable PDF files (with chords), HTML, Ogg
Vorbis and MP3 audio files if present, and approximate timings.
Note: The index contains all songs in my repertoire for which I
have permission to post lyrics and, where applicable, audio on the web.
That includes both public domain material, and a few songs for which I
have obtained explicit permission.
Note: The HTML files are automatically generated by a Perl script,
and will almost invariably look a lot worse than the PDFs. They're
improving, but slowly.
Memorials and tributes:
- Keep the Dream Alive
- was originally written in 1986 for the Challenger. It has
(unfortunately) recently been updated, and a new verse added, for the
- If you need comic relief and have a
high tolerance for black humor, check out Thrill-Seekers' Waltz, and don't
say you weren't warned. If you want to record Keep the Dream
Alive you can send the royalties to a space-related charity
instead of to me. Just drop me a note.
- The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of
- was written for my late father.
He went to grad school with Isaac Asimov, and introduced me to both
computers and science fiction.
- For Amy
- was written for my stillborn daughter
Amethyst, and will be on my next CD, Amethyst Rose.
- Quiet Victories
(Also known as QV)
- isn't a memorial, it's a victory march, for all the women in
our lives whose quiet courage and fortitude rarely get the recognition
they deserve, even from themselves:
Here's to the women, gently brave
If you're female and have triggers, you should approach this one with
caution -- it probably hits most of them. Colleen usually passes out
boxes of tissue paper when I perform it, and they get used. It is,
however, the best thing I've ever written.
Mothers, daughters, sisters, wives,
And to the quiet victories
We seldom notice in their lives.
- Paper Wings
- 2010 Kazoo Award: ``best dragon song'' at ConChord 23.
- Vampire Megabyte
- 2008 Kazoo Award: ``Devils and Other Malevolent Spirits'' at ConChord 21.
2001 Kazoo Award: ``HAL 9000 User Unfriendly Computer Filk'' at ConChord 15.
Nominee: best computer song.
1990 Kazoo Award: ``Charles Babbage Memorial Hacker's Award''at ConChord 6 1990.
- Thrill-Seekers' Waltz
- 2009 Kazoo Award: ``Recycled Fish'' at ConChord 22.
This was actually written before ``Keep the
Dream Alive'', but it was several years before I dared to perform
it. Leslie didn't kill me.
- The World Inside the Crystal
Pegasus Award winner: Best Science Song.
The performance linked above is from my CD, Coffee, Computers, and Song!. Kathy Mar's
performance on mp3.com is gone, along with the rest of the former
mp3.com. (But here's a nice, fresh, and far too big .ogg for you.)
- Ship of Stone
- by Don Simpson is one of the greatest
written. This version was
recorded at Baycon 2006, with me on vocals and guitar, and the lovely
and talented Callie Hills on flute.
Note: This index contains all of my songs, plus a few others for
which I have permission (or, in the case of public domain, don't need
permission) to post lyrics and audio on the web. It used to be my almost
entire repertoire, but hasn't kept up with what I perform in groups these
This compact index is here so that somebody who already knows the short
filename of a song can find a link to it quickly without having to scroll.
- License for Lyrics and Music:
The licensing legalese for my songs is still unsettled, but the
basic license for the music and lyrics is the Creative Commons attribution,
non-commercial, share-alike license with a few extra
permissions granted to make it more filk-friendly. In particular, if
you record your own lyrics and only use my music, you'll only owe me
half the usual royalties; permission for mechanical licensing of music
only will automatically be granted (but you'll still have to contact me
first because that's the way the law works).
- License for Audio Files:
Audio files for all songs both written and performed by me (when I get
around to posting them) are posted under the Creative Commons
Music Sharing License. (I'll try to get permission from other
people to license their performances of my songs, and my covers of
other peoples' songs, the same way. Trying to license my occasional
covers and filks of songs by people outside the filk community promises
to be something of a nightmare, so for now I'm simply not going to post
any. If you're a songwriter whose songs I cover, and you don't mind my
posting them, please let me know. If you're a listener, you'll just
have to wait for the CD.)
- HTML Formatting:
- Since the HTML is automatically generated by a rather stupid PERL script,
don't expect the world's best typesetting. In particular, the spacing
between verses is horribly inconsistent. This will eventually improve.
For an example of what's possible, see the PDF files.
- We prefer to use the free, open Ogg Vorbis format -- it provides noticably better sound than MP3
and is unencumbered by patent restrictions. It's supported by most PC
media players and some "mp3"-players. If you don't have one, here's a list of free player
software. You might have good luck with jlGui, which is
written in Java and so has a decent chance of running almost anywhere.
We do provide MP3 files so that you can transfer them to
legacy devices like iPods, Macs, and cell phones that don't understand
- For some reason, many people like to play their oggs with Audacity, an excellent
cross-platform, open-source sound recording and editing program. I
just use it for recording and editing. Being cross-platform it's great
for collaboration, and it also makes short work of splitting a concert
recording or ripped cassette tape into song files.
For text editing, I use GNU Emacs. In the past Emacs has been derided for being bloated
and slow, but back then 1MB was a lot of memory, and 1MHz was a
blazingly fast CPU clock. These days, it's about a tenth the size of
the popular Firefox web browser
(which, like Emacs, is mostly written in an interpreted language), and
I don't hear many people complaining about it.
- Note that the indices no longer have links to postscript files, which
were eliminated due to space considerations (they took up about 5 Mb at
a time when I only had an allowance of 35). If you really want a
printed songbook, send me a note at <steve+filk at
theStarport.org> and if I get pestered enough I'll think about
publishing one. They do have links to PDF's, which are pretty
repulsive but easier for most folks to handle than
- Sheet music
- I'm a lousy transcriber, so doing this right will probably require a
voice-to-MIDI translator. Anyone have one that runs on Linux?
- Better formatting
- Customized Song Pages
- Eventually it will be possible to customize every song's page
individually. That will let them include things like illustrations,
custom colors, and comments.