IF in song

Since I mentioned it at Narrascope over the weekend, I thought I’d post a link to the song I wrote about Cragne Manor:

https://fawm.org/songs/99360/

And I was wondering if there’s other filk out there about IF games. I know there’s more Cragne filk, because we did the Bohemian Rhapsody thread on the Slack and someone posted a Twelve Days of Christmas parody. Any others?

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Does “You are likely to be eaten by a Grue” count?

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There’s “It is Pitch Dark” by MC Frontalot. [EDIT: which is the song Cooper just linked!]

Now you’ve inspired me to go searching again. I hope it’s still on the Slack!

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It is!

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Gosh, I forgot about Twelve Days of Christmas, and that was me.

Jeesh, attention-span.

What was I saying?

It looks like Vermontian Rhapsody got bumped from the Slack? Didn’t someone save it?

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The screenshots are still up! It’s under “naomian rhapsody.” I also resaved the screenshots for archival purposes, I think, though if anyone else wants to also do that it’s probably a good idea.

(I’m not comfortable posting them outside the Slack because I figure the contributors had a reasonable expectation of privacy.)

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Thanks. I heard you singing bits of this yesterday, but I was in another conversation.

At the end of NarraScope, I went a little filky on the closing singalong…

Oh, the trolls were bad but the grues were worse
Leave her, Johnny, leave her
They’ll gulp you down in the dark with a curse
And it’s time for us to leave her.

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Let us not forget that the death scene in Planetfall quotes a song which is the entire plot of Starcross.

O, they ruled the solar system
Near ten thousand years before
'Til one brave advent’rous spirit
Brought that mighty ship to shore.

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There’s “Go West”

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[Toungue-in-cheek] “Stand” by R.E.M.

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I couldn’t find “West of House” but this is pretty close. (Inspired by @cstevens’ post)

I am not sure if this counts as filk, but I paid good money for it, so I am certainly going to post it!

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How about this: The 1987 game Dodgy Geezers, released by Melbourne House for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and BBC Micro / Electron. The B-side of the cassette featured a theme song written and performed by the authors Trevor Lever and Peter Jones. According to the packaging, the song supposedly contained hints for solving the game.

The Lyrics are below:

George is down the building site looking for a steady job
Tricks has lost his licence because he drives like a bit of a yob
Crackers on the rampage, he’s got to take the matter in hand
And Soapy’s in the nightclub drinking lagers and getting canned
(well he would do wouldn’t he?)

[chorus]

Dodgy Geezers, they’re only nice lads at heart
Dodgy Geezers, they like a pint and a game of darts
(don’t we all John, bloody right)

Well now I look at Mr Video and Spice Wick is his favourite game
Whereas Tweedle is a betting man, he’s got quite a name
Little Ken is a gentleman, and he’s very fond of cats
Gary is the bloke, if you want to get your tit for tat

[chorus]

Dodgy Geezers, they’re only nice lads at heart
Dodgy Geezers, they like a pint and a game of darts

Working in a factory, oh what a boring job
But on a proper little caper you get more than a couple of bob
So take a tip from your Mum and Dad, and that’s what really
counts
Don’t take a Dodgy Geezer’s cheque cos it’s sure to bounce

[chorus]

Dodgy Geezers, they’re only nice lads at heart
Dodgy Geezers, they like a pint and a game of darts
(I think I’m going home, I’ve had enough of this caper)

TIME GENTLEMEN PLEASE!

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Someone called Tony Longworth made a whole instrumental album inspired by the works of Infocom.

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This one is actual filk. Here’s a song whose lyrics are just the walkthrough for Zork:

It’s actually pretty good!

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It looks like Tony Longworth had previously done some of the soundtrack to GET LAMP.

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So “Pac Man Fever” except for IF!

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Huh. Cool. It’s like ambient, new-agey instrumental stuff. Listening to it, I can totally imagine it being great background music for when you’re playing IF.