Bayfilk Songbook

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Filk Songbook
Title: Bayfilk Songbook
Publisher: Off-Centaur publications
Date(s): 1982-?
Medium: print
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cover of issue #3

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Bayfilk Songbook is a collection of filksongs contributed by attendees at the Bayfilk convention. Bayfilk was a filking convention held in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s. Bayfilk #1 was held March 1982 in San Jose, CA.

Issue 1

Bayfilk Songbook 1 was published in 1982, contains 37 pages and is subtitled: Not So Instant Songbook. It contains:

  • I'm A Carl Sagan Groupie
  • Amyellen Leib (Lyricist)
  • Fang van Took (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "I'm A Yankee Doodle Dandy" (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Strawberry Jellow Forever
  • Amyellen Leib (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Strawberry Fields" by Lennon/McCartney (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • I Surely Would
  • Donna Banzhof (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "El Condor Pasa" by Daniel Alomía Robles (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Radiation
  • Mark Yturralde (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Dr Pepper Theme (I'm A Pepper)" (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • The Mage Who Lost His Glasses
  • Lori Armbruster (Lyricist, Composer)
  • Music notation included
  • The Twelve Days of FRP
  • James Gilly (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Twelve Days of Christmas" (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • The Slaying fo the Remorhaz
  • Cory Cole (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Wearig of the Green" (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Little Cthulu
  • Don Simpson (Lyricist)
  • Note: Song has a spoken indroduction.
  • Based on: "The Little Lulu animated cartoon theme" (Tune suggested or parodied )
  • Cabin Fever
  • Georgia Barnes (Lyricist)
  • Kathleen MacDonald (Lyricist)
  • Note: With assistance from Leslie Fish & Raven
  • Based on: "Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)" by Harry Dacre (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Zolena
  • Evelyn Turner & Friends (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "El Paso" by Marty Robbins (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Superman is Fragile, He's Got Monomucleosis
  • Rick Kotrben (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" by Richard M & Robert B Sherman (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • When Oppsites Unite
  • Nathaniel Hellerstein (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Ballad of Inverness" (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Ballad of Bayfilk 1
  • Fish Leslie (Lyricist, Composer)
  • Few Hours
  • David Bratman (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Few Hours" by Leslie Fish (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Expansion Kit for Paul Anderson's "TRANSPORTEERS"
  • Nick Smith (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "When Johny Come Marching Home" (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • It's All Our Fault
  • Paul Willett (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Space is Dark" by Bill Roper (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Ronald-Reagan-Carl-Sagan-San-Diegan Pagan Blues
  • Paul Willett (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "The Richter Scale" by Jay Kent Clark and Elliott Davis (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • The Road to the Future
  • Paul Willett (Lyricist, Composer)
  • On Crypton II
  • Cindy McQuillin (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "On Broadway" by Mann Barry and Cynthia Weil and Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Mos Eisley Space Port
  • Cindy McQuillin (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Star Wars/Empire Marching Song
  • Cindy McQuillin & J. Wayne (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Miranda
  • Karen Wilson (Lyricist, Composer)
  • The Programer's Alphabet
  • Steve Savitzky (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Sweet Betsy from Pike" by John A. Stone (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Freeway Filkers
  • See Note (Lyricists)
  • Note: Eric Gerds, Teri Troutman, Chris Weber, Curtis White, James Long, William Long, Rebecca Long, Rilla Parker, Carol Yobie, Barney Evans, Marie Munns
  • Based on: "Proud Mary" by John Fogerty (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Tully & Ice
  • Mary Kay Jackson (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Ring of Fire" by June Carter & Merle Kilgore (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • When the Millenium Falcon leaves for Alderaan
  • Anne Wilson (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'" by Irving Berlin (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Be A Droid
  • Anne Willson (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Be A Clown" by Cole Porter (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Be A Clown The Bantam Cock
  • Traditional (Lyricist)
  • The Star Trek Connection
  • Barney Evans (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "The Rainbow Connection" by Paul Williams & Kenneth Ascher (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • Moonlight Over Livermore
  • Mike Roberts (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Jamaician Farewell" by Irving Burgie & Traditional (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • The Murderous Little Toy
  • Mike Roberts (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "The Marvelous Little Toy" by Tom Paxton (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • The Larry's Red Lab Song
  • Mike Roberts (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Dance of the Hours, (Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh)" by Amilcare Ponchielli (Tune suggested or parodied)
  • The Isle of Time
  • Kimberly Bethel (Lyricist, Composer)
  • Music notation included
  • Obi Wan
  • Rebecca Long (Lyricist)
  • Based on: "Billy Boy" (Tune suggested or parodied)

Source: [1]

Issue 2

Bayfilk Songbook 2 was published in 1984. It is illustrated by Arlin Robbins.

Issue 3

Bayfilk Songbook 3 was published in 1986 and is subtitled: It Was Late....

It Was Late Cynthia McQuillin (lyricist)
Based on: "Susan B" by Leslie Fish (Tune suggested or parodied)

Rocket Rider's Prayer Stephen Savitzky (lyricist, composer)

Security Strike Cecilia A. Eng (lyricist)
Andrew III Nisbet ()
Based on: "Barges" (Tune suggested or parodied)

The Time Lords' Game Cecilia A. Eng (lyricist)
Based on: "The Circle Game" (Tune suggested or parodied)

Loyal Hamster Blues Cecilia A. Eng (lyricist, composer)

Turing Test Number 2 Bob Kanefsky (lyricist)
Based on: "Lola" by The Kinks (Tune suggested or parodied)

Code Bob Kanefsky (lyricist)
Based on: "Men of Harlech" (Tune suggested or parodied)

A Warning for Unknown Voters Bob Kanefsky (lyricist)
Based on: "Bonny Ship the Diamond" (Tune suggested or parodied)
Based on: "Step by Step" (Tune suggested or parodied)

Never Understate Your Case Bob Kanefsky (lyricist)
Based on: "Never Set the Cat on Fire" by Frank Hayes (Tune suggested or parodied)

Eco-Freaks for NASA Leslie Fish (lyricist)
Based on: "Bringing in the Sheaves" (Tune suggested or parodied)

Falcon Crest's Got a Telepathic Maid Leslie Fish (lyricist, composer)

A-Ramboing Leslie Fish (lyricist)
Mercedes Lackey (lyricist)

The Collector's Cry Chris Weber (lyricist)
Based on: "Anchors Aweigh" (Tune suggested or parodied)

For the Record Chris Weber (lyricist)
Based on: "Sail for Amber" by Jordin Kare (Tune suggested or parodied)

Three Cheers for the Bad Guys! Cecilia A. Eng (lyricist)
Andrew III Nisbet (lyricist)
Based on: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (Tune suggested or parodied)

Banned from Filking Andrew III Nisbet (lyricist)
Based on: "Banned from Argo" by Leslie Fish (Tune suggested or parodied)

The Grandfather's Clock Cecilia A. Eng (lyricist)
Based on: "My Grandfather's Clock" by Henry Work (Tune suggested or parodied)

Johnny's Little Pet Bob Kanefsky (lyricist)
Based on: "Daddy's Little Girl" by Julia Ecklar (Tune suggested or parodied)

The One Syllable Chorus Song Paul Macdonald (lyricist, composer)

Non-Combatants Cecilia A. Eng (lyricist)
Based on: "Take Me Over the Sea" (Tune suggested or parodied)

Carmen Miranda's Ghost Leslie Fish (lyricist, composer)

Changing Times Leslie Fish (lyricist, composer)

Challenger 7 Ellen Kranzer (lyricist)
Based on: "Sweet Hope of Glory" (Tune suggested or parodied)

Raw! Bill Sutton (lyricist, composer)

Little Fuzzy Characters Jordin Kare (lyricist)
Based on: "Little Fuzzy Animals" by Frank Hayes (Tune suggested or parodied)


Issues 4 & 5

Bayfilk 4 & Bayfilk 5 conventions were held in 1988 and again in 1989, but it is unclear if a songbook was produced. A cassette compilation tape of the songs from the two conventions was released.

Featuring: Leslie Fish, Bill Roper, Heather Alexander, Cecilia Eng, Larry Warner, Mercedes Lackey, and Juanita Coulson.

Songs include:

  • The Wizard of Speed and Time
  • Come With Me
  • Falken Lover
  • Where do We Go From Here?
  • Oathbreakers
  • Ilin
  • Morgaine at the Well
  • Honest Rowan
  • Passion Flower
  • The Cats of Jane
  • Killashandra
  • Black Water (Suicide)
  • Susanna Martin
  • Old Det’s to Pay
  • Partners
  • Khan
  • Fever Season
  • Soul-Search
  • Where, Oh Where, Has Chuthulu Gone


Cassette Tapes

Several cassette tapes were released containing the songs from the songbook.

BayFilk II

BayFilk II was held in March 1984 at the Red Lion Inn in San Jose, CA. The tape contained several media fandom songs based on Pern, Star Wars, Star Trek, HP Lovecraft, CJ Cherryh and even a song about Mary Sues.

cover cassette tape

Volume 1

  • Wong's Lost and Found Emporium (Diane Gallagher) Diane Gallagher
  • Cthulu Gone (Leslie Fish) Leslie Fish (HP Lovecraft)
  • Hallelujah, I'm a Bum (Spokane IWW) Holly Tannen
  • Monsters In the Night (Diane Gallagher) Diane Gallagher
  • Post Mortem (Frank Hayes) Frank Hayes
  • Ship of Steel (Cynthia McQuillin) Cynthia McQuillin
  • Tahl D'Jehn (Diane Gallagher) Diane Gallagher (The Alien Dark)
  • Queen of Hearts (Trad.) Juanita Coulson
  • Flights of Fancy (Diane Gallagher) Diane Gallagher
  • Heel and Toe (Trad. arr Paul Espinoza) Golden Bough
  • Song at the Ready ([Suzette] Hayden Elgin) DianeGallagher
  • Pan-Galactic Gargle-Blaster Blues (Diane Gallagher) Diane Gallagher
  • Thais (Levy) Juanita Coulson
  • Space Station Annie (Cynthia McQuillin) Cynthia McQuillin
  • Moon Miners (Diane Gallagher) Diane Gallagher
  • Moscow Nights/Afghanistan (Frank Hayes/ Matusovskii, Solovyov-Sedoi) Frank Hayes
  • Survivor's Song (Julia Ecklar) Julia Ecklar
  • Dark the Times (J. Christy/ M. Robin) L. A. Filkharmonics
  • A Reconsideration of Anatomical Docking Maneuvers in a Zero-Gravity Environment (Diane Gallagher) Diane Gallagher
  • Immortality Stomp (Leslie Fish) Leslie Fish
  • Beyond the Horizon (Diane Gallagher) Diane Gallagher
  • Sound Engineer: Jeff Rogers
  • Producer: Teri Lee
  • Cover Art: Don Simpson
  • 1984 by Off Centaur Publications

Volume 2


  • SF Wonks, Wimps, and Nerds – [Robin/Fletcher/Trimble/Rogers] (L.A. Filkharmonics)
  • Gremlins – [(Leslie Fish])
  • Old Time Religion – [Trad.] (Holly Tannen)
  • Gay Vampire Boogie – [(Cynthia McQuillin])
  • Down the Back Lane / Kid on the Mountain – [Trad., Arr. by Paul Espinoza] (Golden Bough)
  • Pride of Chanur – [(Leslie Fish])
  • I Hate Little Fire Lizards – [(Julia Ecklar]) (Pern)
  • I Like Little Fire Lizards – [Hayes/Ecklar] (Julia Ecklar)* (Pern)
  • Charlotte’s Profession – [(Cynthia McQuillin])
  • Peter Grubb – [Keller/Coulson] (Juanita Coulson)
  • SF Fan Fiction Blues – [Trimble/Russel] (L.A. Filkharmonics)
  • The Grandfather Clock – [Hayes/Henry Clay Work] (Frank Hayes)


  • Mari Su Fan Fiction Blues – M.J. Holmes (Julia Ecklar) (Fan Meta)
  • F.A.P. (Feline American Princess) – [Lackey/Fish] (Leslie Fish
  • Widow’s Web – [(Cynthia McQuillin])
  • Chiefest Grain – [Trad.] (Holly Tannen)
  • Rise Up Challenger – [Robin] (L.A. Filkharmonics)
  • He’s Dead, Jim – [(Julia Ecklar]) (Star Trek)
  • God’s Fuel – [Hayes/Ecklar/McQuillin] (Frank Hayes
  • Gray Mare – [Trad.] (Juanita Coulson)
  • Silken Swift – [(Cynthia McQuillin])
  • Road Warrior – [(Leslie Fish]) (Road Warrior)
  • Ewok’s ® Picnic – [Smith/Bratton] (L.A. Filkharmonics) (Star Wars)
  • The Worm Turned – [(Cynthia McQuillin])
  • Sound Engineer: Jeff Rogers
  • Producer: Teri Lee
  • Cover Art: Don Simpson
  • Dolby™ Stereo
  • Julia is credited as the performer on the J-Card, but its actually Frank Hayes doing the singing, not Julia Ecklar.