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Song parody based on Closer to Fine, the Indigo Girls

Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens

Apr 17 2012, 4:59am

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All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. –Gandalf the Grey, FOTR.

FRODO’S BURDEN (Closer to Fine, the Indigo Girls*)

I’m tryin’ to tell you something ‘bout my life,
Maybe give me insight between Dark and Light.
As Gandalf said, all for you to do
With the time that fate has given you
Is yours to decide, after all. (yeah)

Well Darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable,
Its power makes the Light side hard to hear.
The One Ring’s wrapped around me like a blanket.
I try to stay myself until I sank it
In fire where it was forged.

I went with a gardener,
We went to the mountain,
We looked for the chamber,
Its fire like a fountain.
There’s more than one ending to this quest, Sam,
It stands upon a razor line.
(The less I stroke this wheel) The less I stroke this wheel within my fingertips,
The closer I am to fine.
The closer I am to fine.

I brought with me a phial-glass from Galadriel
That could light my way in places where all other lights would fail.
She showed me a mirror, the lidless Eye was flaming,
I was warned of the others, the one who would betray me.
I said take the Ring. She said: If that were mine,
In the Dark Lord’s place, a Queen!

I went with a gardener,
We went to the mountain,
We looked for the chamber,
Its fire like a fountain.
There’s more than one ending to this quest, Sam,
It stands upon a razor line.
(The less I clutch and stroke) The less I clutch this circle in my fingertips,
The closer I am to fine.
The closer I am to fine.

(instrumental)

I ran to Sammath Naur, there at the end,
To seek solace from this burden, and respite for my friends.
I struggled with the shadow in my weakened, tainted soul,
Twice as tortured as I’d been the night before,
I claimed the Ring belonged to me.

I went with a gardener,
We went to the mountain,
We looked for the chamber,
Its fire like a fountain.

And I fought with a creature,
We fought in the mountain,
He took on my burden,
And fell to the fountain.

Yeah I go with the gardener,
We run from the flow-out,
At the end of all things started,
We’re airborne from the pull-out.

There’s more than one ending to this quest, Sam,
And I feel it’s come to mine.
(The sooner from this world) The sooner from this world my final voyage,
The closer I am to fine.
The closer I am to fine.
The closer I am to fine.




*Source links:
http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/48263/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WANLIEWxYIM

A bag is like a hole that you can carry with you.

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(This post was edited by Ruxendil_Thoorg on Apr 17 2012, 5:01am)


Lissuin
Tol Eressea


Apr 17 2012, 5:54am

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Darn you, R_T. [In reply to] Can't Post

You made me cry again.

"I ran to Sammath Naur, there at the end,
To seek solace from this burden, and respite for my friends.
I struggled with the shadow in my weakened, tainted soul,
Twice as tortured as I’d been the night before,
I claimed the Ring belonged to me."

"There’s more than one ending to this quest, Sam,
And I feel it’s come to mine.
(The sooner from this world) The sooner from this world my final voyage,
The closer I am to fine. "

Poor ol' Frodo.
Thank you.


Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens

Apr 17 2012, 9:05pm

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Thank you right back, Lissuin, [In reply to] Can't Post

The pleasure is mine.

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Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Apr 17 2012, 10:00pm

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Mmmmm, fillky! [In reply to] Can't Post

More of a serious filk than a parody in the classic sense, though!

"Darkness beyond blackest pitch, deeper than the deepest night!
King of Darkness, who shines like gold upon the Sea of Chaos.
I call upon thee and swear myself to thee!
Let the fools who stand before me be destroyed by the power you and I possess!"


Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens

Apr 18 2012, 1:33am

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so that's what filk is [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you O_S! I guess The Gardener (The Boxer, Simon & Garfunkel) would also be considered filk (although there might be some humor in the beginning)?

Also perhaps Denethor's Lament (Carry On Wayward Son), Arwen's Choice or the Grey Havens (Stairway to Heaven), Council of Elrond (I Am the Walrus), Symbelmine ( House of thw Rising Sun), and The Steward and the Shieldmaiden (Same Old Lang Syne) as well? (If played on acoustic guitar, at least?)

Those "parodies" weren't really going for laughs, and I realized at the time that "parody" might not be the right term. Often I've gone with "parody-tribute" instead. Perhaps i've been doing filk all the while?

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(This post was edited by Ruxendil_Thoorg on Apr 18 2012, 1:35am)


acheron
Gondor


Apr 18 2012, 12:03pm

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very nice [In reply to] Can't Post

Good choice of song!

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much -- the wheel, New York, wars, and so on -- while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man, for precisely the same reasons. -- Douglas Adams


Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Apr 18 2012, 2:43pm

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Oh, filk can be serious or silly... [In reply to] Can't Post

And filk doesn't need to build off of an existing song. But it does need to have a science-fiction or fantasy connection.

"Darkness beyond blackest pitch, deeper than the deepest night!
King of Darkness, who shines like gold upon the Sea of Chaos.
I call upon thee and swear myself to thee!
Let the fools who stand before me be destroyed by the power you and I possess!"


Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens

Apr 18 2012, 5:51pm

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TY acheron [In reply to] Can't Post

  I was amazed how well suited the song was for LOTR, with Darkness having a hunger that's insatiable and all that. I wonder if the Indigo Girls were directly inspired by LOTR.

Thanks again, especially appreciated from a fellow parodist as yourself.

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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Apr 19 2012, 2:06am

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That works nicely! [In reply to] Can't Post

Especially the choruses!

I was not familiar with the song, but it's always helpful to have the YouTube link, to listen along while reading your lyrics. Thank you! Smile


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens

Apr 20 2012, 2:30am

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Thank you back, dernwyn! [In reply to] Can't Post

Especially appreciated that you gave it a read/listen without knowing the song. Glad you tried the link while reading, which is the way it was meant to be appreciated.

I've been familiar w the source song for as long as its been around, but never, never, never noticed the LOTR similarity til the very day I wrote this parody / filk.

I'm glad you liked the chorus. It wasn't easy... for a while i got stuck on what to do with "I looked to the children". I nearly went with "no larger than children" Crazy i also for a while got stuck on what to do with "fountain". "No drink from a fountain" was almost going to be it. Unsure

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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Apr 20 2012, 10:21pm

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*applause* Well Done!!! :D // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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acheron
Gondor


Apr 21 2012, 1:55pm

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heh [In reply to] Can't Post

"fellow parodist" is awfully generous, but thanks. Wink

I had never thought of it before, but the song does fit well. I'm not a big Indigo Girls fan, but I do like that song. I also am a fan of some similar artists; I'm trying to think if there's a Dar Williams song that would fit. "The Ocean" maybe:

"I went back to the Shire today;
with my sword and my armor I came to the road in the Shire,
but my mood changed quickly --
the Shirrif said 'Where are you trying to go?'..."

I dunno. Something like that. I'll think about it. Cool

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much -- the wheel, New York, wars, and so on -- while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man, for precisely the same reasons. -- Douglas Adams


Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens

Apr 21 2012, 3:04pm

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*bow* many thanks grams// [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Ruxendil_Thoorg
Grey Havens

Apr 21 2012, 3:08pm

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i hope you won't stop there [In reply to] Can't Post

i'd like to see where you go with that. if you're going to keep working on it, i hope you enjoy the process and that you'll post it once you're done.

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