The Traveller Songbook

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Filk Songbook
Title: The Traveller Songbook
Date(s): 1981
Medium: print
External Links: songbook online here; archived link to cassette info; CD version here
songbook cover (note the misspelling)

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The Traveller Songbook is a collection of filksongs by Julia Ecklar (a John W. Campbell Award–winning science fiction author & a singer and writer of filk music), artwork by Todd Hamilton, Marj Ihssen, Ben Thomas, Barb Fister-Liltz and Edwin Zamora. It was published in 1981 with a limited edition of 200 copies and contains 72 pages. Cover by Todd Hamilton.

According to one eBay seller: "The book contains a general introduction and intro to each song, by Julia Ecklar - filk songs for Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek and others. Hand-written tablature by Joe Ellis, lyrics and guitar chords."

Eventually, Julia made a series of recordings that were transferred to CD in 2006. A copy of the songbook came included with the CD.

cover of CD version, released later without "The Sputher Land"
original cassette tape insert, very plain
original cassette tape insert

Song List:

  • The Traveller
  • Song for Petiron
  • Tribbles
  • The Spaceman's Prayer
  • A Last Evening's Dream
  • Gambler's Lament
  • Eulogy
  • The Light That Died
table of contents with detailed art credits, click to read
  • Homecoming
  • The Purple and Orange Conspiracy(Battlestar Galactica)
  • Brekke's Lament (Pern)
  • The Southern Land (Pern)
  • When Love is Lost
  • He's Dead, Jim (Star Wars)
  • Song to a Stranded Warrior: A Memorial
  • Christmastime in Sector 5
  • Ballad to a Spaceman
  • Traveller, Part II: Thoughts of a Homeless Alien