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.
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.
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
Mothers, daughters, sisters, wives,
And to the quiet victories
We seldom notice in their lives.
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.
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 work is licensed under a Creative
Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
There no longer appears to be a specific music-sharing license,
so audio files for all songs both written and performed by me (when I get
around to posting them) are also posted under the Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International — CC BY-SA
4.0. (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.)
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 .dvi's.
I'm a lousy transcriber, so doing this right will probably require a
voice-to-MIDI translator. Anyone have one that runs on Linux?