to the tune of
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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.
- "A Boy Named Dick" by Dannell Lites, to the tune of: "A Boy Named Sue" by Johnny Cash (Batman)
- "Arkham Asylum Blues" by DarkMark, in response to Dannell's filk "A Boy Named Dick." Sung to the tune of: "Folsom Prison Blues" (Batman)
- "All You Need is Orcs" by unknown, to the tune of "All You Need is Love" (Tolkien). Published in The Middle-earth Songbook.
- "Blue Police Box" by Rebecca Fildes, to the tune of "Yellow Submarine" ("with apologies to the Beatles, especially John Lennon") (Doctor Who). Published in issue 2 of The Celestial Toybox.
- The Editor's Dilemma by Roberta Rogow, to the tune of "Kiss of Fire" by Feyrer (1981) (Zine Fandom)
- The Hope of a New Way, by Tammy Olsen, filk to the tune of "Promise of a New Day" by Paula Abdul (Star Wars)
- I Wanna Be Dana Scully: A Parody by Maggie - Sung to the tune of "I Wanna Be A Producer" from "The Producers" (X-Files)
- 'One For The Fangirls' by filkertom. Coulson Lives filk set to the tune of "Be Prepared" by Tom Lehrer (MCU)
- "There once was a ship that put to sea...", by midweekblues, a 'canal shanty' to the tune of 'Wellerman'. (Suez Canal Obstruction)
- What Do You Do With a Drunken E.T.? (title in table of contents: The First E.T. Filk") by Yonina Gordon, Brian Effner, Debbie Alexander, and Jenny Hiza, to the tune of "What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor," Tauntaun Express #1 (1982)
- "You Bash the Balrog" by Lee Gold, to the tune of "Waltzing Matilda," about a party of adventurers in a Dungeons and Dragons-esque setting.
- "You're Welcome" by charlesoberonn and OverEnglishman, to the tune of "You're Welcome" from Moana by Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Star Wars: Sequel Trilogy)