to the tune of

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Synonyms: TTTO
See also: Fan Song
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to the tune of is a phrase originally used by filkers and in filks. In cases where the filk uses an established song and rewrites the words, it is used to reference the tune of the song that the filk is based on. Traditional folk songs were originally the basis for most filk, however over time that changed and a wider range of music was used; the term "fan song" is sometimes used to distinguish these from traditional filks. It is contrasted with "original filk," meaning a song with a filky topic but an original tune.

In print, the words "to the tune of" were often the only way to separate a filk from poetry.