FAWM songs 2019 (extended)

by Cat Faber

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released February 17, 2019

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Cat Faber Tennessee

I write music about science fiction and fantasy subjects, commonly referred to as "filk."

I write much faster than I can record. Recent songs may be found at my website--the URL is given below.

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Track Name: Mark Dean
Mark Dean
lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2019

His name’s Mark Dean, and he came from here
A black computer scientist and engineer
There are twenty patents in his name I swear
And he grew up right on the hill up there!

(chorus)
So take a note and remember still,
Maybe we should label it genius hill!
In Mark Dean’s honor, ‘cause it’s only fair
When he grew up right on the hill up there!

Back when segregation was the legal will,
He went to Nelson Merry at the top of the hill
He built a tractor just to have some fun,
On the hill up there, and he wasn’t done!

In Jefferson High, when integration went through
He was a straight A student and an athlete too,
At UT engineering, he did not just pass
He graduated at the top of his class!

He helped invent with his scholarship,
The personal computer and the gigahertz chip,
He’s an IBM fellow and you’ll find his name
In the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame.
Track Name: Unsustainable
Unsustainable
Lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2019

I’m no genius but I’m still able
To call out the problem when I can see
An ecosystem’s no longer stable;
Here is the sitch as it looks to me:

(chorus)
This unsustainable situation
Won’t be contained in this tiny town
A single match lights a conflagration;
It’s spreading. How do we shut it down?

Juno knows we are up to something
Pidge even helped us one fateful night
Calvin Owens was water’s plaything
You know his daddy's the sheriff—right?

Someone tell me just what the bleep’ll
We do about this damn agent guy?
Inobservant and careless people
Don’t get hired by the FBI.

We’ve made a start with the plain denying
But bullshit walks only so damn far...
Though you’re an artist at flat out lying,
The sheriff will challenge your repertoire.

Flimflam artists or pyromancers,
We’d better come up with a backup plan.
Now that a gang is out hunting for answers,
It’s a matter of time till the shit hits the fan!
Track Name: Good Night Opportunity
Good Night Opportunity
Lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2019

On the Internet, we had a Martian friend
Who lived more life than she had to spend.
When word got around that she was dead,
Grieving together, we stood up and said:

(chorus)
Good night, Opportunity
Your name will go down in history
We’re grateful for your Curiosity
In the Spirit of Discovery...
Good night, Opportunity
Good night, Opportunity

If Oppy could talk today,
I like to imagine that she would say
“If you want to honor my memory
Cherish each other like you cherished me."

"I followed my road around its bends
Showed all my pictures to a billion friends.
So when I’m gone don’t grieve for me
But come out here yourselves and see!"

"My battery’s low and it’s getting dark
In the killing cold, I’m a fading spark
Falling asleep, I will dream of you
And all of the things that we got to do.”
Track Name: Mittens Grey and Button Brown
Mittens Grey and Button Brown
Lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2019

I know a couple kittens, Mittens Gray and Button Brown.
They only ask a pittance as they scamper up and down
And though they tore the curtain and they tracked a little dirt in
I am really very certain they are kittens of renown

I caught them at the window just admiring the view
Preparing to abandon almost everything they knew
Though the heat was scorchin’ they were off to seek their fortune
I had to screen the porch in to discourage derring do

Mittens scared the plumber once by nuzzling his ear
Button knocked a bottle down and fed the keyboard beer
And since they’d like to ramble through forest field and bramble
We really have to scramble to keep everyone right here
Track Name: Tell Julia
Tell Julia
lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2019

Tell Julia I said I love her
Since so much more will have to go unsaid
Her voice still clear for memory to discover
As the vows we spoke the morning we were wed
In my heart she reigns forever queen
The most lovely woman I have ever seen

(chorus)
Since you go where I can’t follow yet
Tell Julia that I do not forget

I was offered back my only Jewel
With the power to rewrite each day since then
And though the choice was fashioned to be cruel
It was a gift to see her face again.
To save her I’d have torn the world apart
But I knew too well that price would break her heart

I live my life in joy much more than sorrow
There’s too much good to strive for to be sad
And yet the years will hold no bright tomorrow
To outshine the ever after I once had
I guess the happy ending to my tale
Waits where Julia has passed beyond the veil.
Track Name: Lady Flame
Lady Flame
Lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2018

You’re a corker, little Lady Flame
You’re a real loose cannon and you’ve got no shame.
You pretend you’re listening to what I say;
Then you go and do the thing your own darn way

(chorus)
But it does no good to sit and tear my hair
You can be annoying girl, but to be fair
Teaching’s like the granola biz
It’s the flakes that make it what it is!

The gravest rules you will defy
Then you think it’s fine because you didn’t die
You’ll break a finger playing fast and loose
And you’re endangering a century of shaky truce.

You want to help; you say it would be grand
While you play with forces you don’t understand
You’ll take your teacher to an early grave
Honey this. Is. Not. Your. World to save!
Track Name: Not Another Cliffhanger Blues
Not Another Cliffhanger Blues
lyrics and melody by Cat Faber (TTO David Drive Me Crazy Blues)

We laugh at the noise from the McElroy boys
As they weave us a tale to amaze
The laughs and the feels, and the twists and reveals—
Then we’ve all got to wait fourteen days!
Griffin calls it a tack, to make sure we come back,
But I think that is just an excuse!
I’ve got the listen to reason, Griffin’s just teasing
Not Another Cliffhanger Blues

Hoping Ned can escape, I hear lyrics take shape
So I pull out the old mandolin—
As we scrabble and grip, hoping no one will slip
I have DAYS my complaint to begin—
From rehearsals and jams, I’ve got pretty strong hands
But this starts to amount to abuse
I’ve got the listen to reason Griffin’s just teasing
Not Another Cliffhanger Blues

I ask is this a fling, Or an ongoing thing?
While I pull out some chording and riffs
The answer unnerves, 'cause if memory serves
Griffins LIKE nesting on cliffs!
And when we get the next bit, it’s a live show; that’s it!
It’s a MONTH till we get any news!
I’ve got the listen to reason, Griffin’s just teasing
Not Another Cliffhanger Blues

If you hoped for an end To the cliffhanger trend,
You'll be waiting till curfew is rung.
I don’t want to be rude but I think we’re all screwed
Because Griffin is raising his young!
So get used to this ledge; till the little ones fledge
His instincts we’ll have to excuse
I’ve got the listen to reason, Griffin’s just teasing
Not Another Cliffhanger Blues
Track Name: I Will Remember
I Will Remember
lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2016

When you’re trapped underneath the dead weight of your heart
In depression’s sharp teeth all your joys fall apart
When you can’t keep in mind all the good things you do--
I will remember them for you.

(chorus)
I’ll carry the blessings that I’ve seen you be;
They aren’t so heavy, and they’re precious to me.
When you can’t find your strengths, or believe they are true,
I will remember them for you.

Depression’s a liar, each loss it deploys
While it trashes your triumphs and soils your joys
Let me keep them safe till the sunlight breaks through
I will remember them for you.

Sailors once knew, when the storm starts to rip;
That you jettison cargo to lighten the ship.
I’ll salvage; you pilot; just get the ship through;
I will remember them for you.
Track Name: That Is Over Now
That Is Over Now

I sort through memories, good and bad,
Even the happiest fade to sad
We had the fun that the times allow,
But forget it mate--that is over now.

Burgling the same house one day
We helped each other to get away
And wound up partners--I'm not sure how,
But forget it mate--that is over now.

Art in April, and gems in June,
Crepes at midnight, and scones at noon;
Our sense of time was askew somehow
But forget it mate--that is over now.

From a job gone bad, as we fled in shame,
We wrecked, and you left me to take the blame:
Betrayal neither can disavow;
So forget it mate--that is over now

I've had a while to think it through
Some lessons learned seem to sear the soul;
Whatever lay between me and you,
Some things you break you just can't make whole.

Lost opportunities don't return,
Friendships shatter, and bridges burn;
It's curtain call. Come take a bow!
And forget it mate, that is over now.
Track Name: Hour To Decide
Hour To Decide
lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2019

Are you gonna, are you gonna, are you gonna run?
Are you gonna run and hide?
Are you gonna pull a runner now the fun is done
And your past won’t turn aside?
Will you flee the coming battle, will you play your part?
Will your friendship or your nature rule your timid heart?
If you hope to reconcile you’d better make a start—
It’s your hour to decide.

You ambled gently step by step to where you are
As you took the easy way.
Look back and wonder briefly how you came so far,
And with such a debt to pay.
Then face the bitter choices that the fates have laid
Are you gonna help with cleaning up the mess you made?
Redemption’s in the cards if you just lend your aid.
We all have feet of clay.

Curtain call is coming, come and take a bow
And behold the crowd we drew;
What you thought was fun and games is not so funny now
That the piper’s bill comes due
Friends will face the fire where the worlds collide.
You can let them fall without you if you dare not bide;
You can meet the fight with magic standing at your side—
The choice is up to you

(Repeat first verse)
Track Name: What Is Remembered
What Is Remembered
Lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2019

Your voice has spun us stories
And we recall the sound
Your blood has touched this soil
And made it sacred ground
Your sins have been forgotten
Washed out where death forgives
Your courage is remembered
What is remembered lives

You held a hoard of secrets
And brought some forth to view;
We laughed to hear your exploits
But never thought them true.
Now we recount our memories
In talk that comfort gives
To reconstruct those moments
What is remembered lives.

You came to us a stranger
Mired in despair and fear
You’d thrown away your family
But built a new one here.
We claim you ours to honor
The tie that shed blood gives
You're woven in our history
What is remembered lives.

Repeat 1st verse.
Track Name: Be What You Have To Be
Be What You Have To Be
lyrics and melody by Cat Faber, 2019

Everyone grows up, they say, but you don’t think you can
Your friends, your father, push you, say “you need to be a man”
They shove, they shout, they knock you down, to force you to agree
Saying “be what you have to be.”
Be what you have to be
Be what you have to be
Be what you have to be…

They label you a sissy when you’re trying to be strong.
Pushing you to take a role your heart cries out is wrong.
Something feels like panic and there’s nowhere left to flee
Be what you have to be
Be what you have to be
Be what you have to be
Be what you have to be...

A murmur that you can’t ignore, a bone deep music sings,
A song of metamorphosis, of swiftly drying wings…

It’s the voice that calls the butterfly that struggles to be free
Saying “Be what you have to be.
Be what you have to be
Be what you have to be
Be what you have to be…

Searching for the answers in the darkness of your mind
Scrabbling for courage I believe that you will find
That fighting like a girl brings a strength you don’t foresee.
Be what you have to be.
Be what you have to be.
Be what you have to be.
Be what you have to be.
Track Name: Pancakes For Sally
Pancakes For Sally
lyrics and melody by Cat Faber

Sieve 2 cups of flour, toss a pinch of salt therein,
Break a couple eggs into the middle.
Add a pint of milk and then a half cup more to thin
Melt a little butter on the griddle.

(chorus)
The morning sun is pouring in and banishing all doubt
The pancake and the lemon smells entwining...
Someone shake the tablecloth and set the dishes out
Pour the milk and get the silver shining.

Cook about three minutes till it’s set and golden brown,
Flip and give another half a minute
Repeat to make a dozen; I’ve got all that written down
Though I’d need to cross dimensions to begin it

Sally will have lemon juice and sugar from the store
I’ll have cream, and honey from the clover,
There’ll be pancakes for Sally till she can’t eat any more
And perhaps her sister, if there’s some left over.

She could hopscotch into Fairy without looking where she went;
And cross the narrow bridge above the valley.
I believe in pancakes, and the love they represent;
Someday there’ll be pancakes for Sally.
Track Name: The Marsh Haven Ghost
The Marsh Haven Ghost
Lyrics and melody by Cat Faber, 2019

“Beware, oh take care,” cries the rook from her perch,
When the daylight is dying in silence and chill,
Don’t go on foot by St Winifred’s Church,
Out past the blackthorns on Badderlock Hill.

(chorus)
When they search for the missing in pity and fear
And the marsh and the coast they have quartered in vain
They come to the pool with the saint standing near
For the Marsh Haven ghost is both slayer and slain

If you find yourself near, hurry by on the street
Lest a shuddering light in the windows be pinned
Don’t look at the church, or the pool at its feet--
If the music begins you must run like the wind.

Chorus

In the daylight the waters don’t rise to your knee
Without wetting your skirt through the pool you can tread
In the dark, when the music has made you unfree
Before you draw breath you’ll be over your head.

(bridge)
Looking down from the wall where the spring waters fall,
The saint in her wisdom is deaf to your cries.
As you are pulled down, your pleas as you drown
Wake no compassion behind her stone eyes.

The melody’s price is another soul bound.
The water is sweet, it’s refreshing and cold,
But sunrise will shine on a child who has drowned
And a new ghost is risen in place of the old.

Chorus

“Beware, oh take care,” cries the rook from her perch
When the daylight is dying in silence and chill
Don’t go on foot by St Winifred’s Church
Out past the blackthorns on Badderlock Hill.
Track Name: (You Can't) Just Go It Alone
(You Can’t) Just Go It Alone
Lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2019

Saving the world is a delicate art
You can’t just go it alone
You need some help when the troubles start
You can’t just go it alone
I wish I could take away the smart
Of whatever old injury blinded your heart
You’ve got capable folks to take your part
And you can’t just go it alone.

The last dark element seeks its prey
You can’t just go it alone
You can’t command because we won’t obey
But you can’t just go it alone
But we’re just standing here to say
You’re gonna need the help of the Fey
You’re an awful fool to drive Erin away
When you can’t just go it alone

We’re not okay that you shot someone
But you can’t just go it alone
We need an answer that isn’t gun
But you can’t just go it alone
Fleet and brave we yield to none
This is a battle that had better be won;
We’re here to help you get it done.
You can’t just go it alone

You can send us home, with orders stern;
But you can’t just go it alone
And there’s not much point; we will just return
‘Cause you can’t just go it alone
We’ve messed this up at every turn
But if we don’t all of us grow up and learn
The sky will fall, and the Marsh will burn
So you can’t just go it alone.
You can't just go it alone
You can't just go it
Alone.
Track Name: Call Me The Gnome
Call Me The Gnome
lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2019

Of average stature and modest demeanor
I’m oft overlooked in the strife
So here is a ditty to help you remember
My name, with the tales of my life

(chorus)
The weaver of words and the master of music,
I’m fabled where-ever I roam
I’m Hamish McTamish O’Grady MacGuyver
But you can just call me the gnome!

I was earning my bread as a firework salesman
And giving the mountains a tour
When over the hill came a big fuming dragon
And I thought I’d had it for sure
I thought that my days of fast living were over
The bill from the piper was finally due
But luckily I came out smelling like roses
Cause dragons like fireworks too!

Chorus

I know that I stepped in the trap that was wired
To set all the rust monsters free,
But the blade that went over my head would have killed you
You ought to be glad it was me!
There was a trap here, but I have disarmed it,
You’re lucky to have my quick hands and cool head
Look at the darts that are stuck in my armor
They could have hit your legs instead!

Chorus

I encountered some trolls and my best evocations
Had all been used up in the strife
Then had the misfortune to meet with a squadron
Of elves, as I ran for my life
“Why yes, there’s a fire—oh, *I* didn’t set it;
That was the trolls you can see down below—
And with all of the trolls unaccountably dead
There is no one to say it’s not so.”

Chorus

I know it looks odd that I’m laden with gems;
While your guardsmen are nursing a grudge
That some of your jewels are gone from the market,
But folks, don’t be hasty to judge
For Kirsi the Litch Queen, the scourge of High Darvish
Turns out has a soft spot for kittens, who knew?
I rescued her cat, and this knapsack of jewels;
Are simply her thanks shining through!

Chorus

Of average stature and modest demeanor,
I’m oft overlooked in the strife,
So here is a ditty to help you remember
My name, with the tales of my life.
I have to confess it was all accidental
Which just means my greatness cannot be denied
I’m pick of the litter; just pause to consider
The things I could do if I tried!

The weaver of light and the master of music
I’m fabled where-ever I roam;
I’m Hamish McTamish O’Grady MacGuyver--
The firework salesman and profit deriver
The dart trap disarmer and rust monster driver,
The scourge of the trolls, the fire conniver
The savior of cats and the lich queen survivor
My autobiography’s yours for a fiver--
But you can just call me The Gnome!
Track Name: Something In The Woods
Something In The Wood
lyrics and melody by Cat Faber 2019

Everybody knows that there is something in the wood
Restless and uncanny, meaning nothing that is good
I ought to turn away from it, but cannot make the choice,
And from the forest shadows, hear my brother’s voice

(chorus)
In the little town of Hillcrest when the sun is shining bright
Everyone knows everyone, yet strangers walk at night;
In an aura of uneasiness that blossoms into fear
In the forest shadows children disappear

Adam has been missing for two years, or maybe more
I cannot quite remember him the way I did before
His timbre fades from memory, his face begins to dim
But I’m absolutely certain it was really him.

There is something in the forest, where the wicked raven flies.
It watches us with malice in its green and glowing eyes.
On the hearts that held the missing, on the people we became,
In the voices it has stolen, it is laying claim.
Track Name: Troublesome Girl
Troublesome Girl
Lyrics and melody by Catherine Faber 2019

I have places I go, when my parents decree,
But it’s never a place I am happy to be,
And everyone has the same answer for me:
I’m a troublesome girl, with a heart like a stone
If I’m troublesome, why don’t they leave me alone?
If I’m troublesome, why don’t they leave me alone?

School is a bore if a person is bright;
When the teachers are wrong it is always a fight,
And the only amusement is proving I’m right.
I’m a troublesome girl, with a mind of her own.
If I’m troublesome, why don’t they leave me alone?
If I’m troublesome, why don’t they leave me alone?

Everyone says I’ve a heart like a shrike
Or a tangle of bramble with thorns like a spike;
I’m not easy to love, no, nor even to like;
I’m a troublesome girl; I can pierce to the bone.
If I’m troublesome, why don’t they leave me alone?
If I’m troublesome, why don’t they leave me alone?

I armour my feelings in fire and ice;
It wouldn’t be right to complain of the price,
But sometimes I do think a friend would be nice…
I’m a troublesome girl, and I ought to have known:
When you’re troublesome, people will leave you alone.
When you’re troublesome, people will leave you alone.

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