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Thursday
Apr182013

Home To FilKONtario

Photo: Walter K.Thanks to John Durno for the video below (additional footage from Tom Jeffers), who filmed us performing the song at Urban Tapestry's FilKONtario concert in 2013:

 

For those who have arrived at this post from elsewhere and aren't familiar with filk, here's my own take on the topic: What Is Filk?

From Debbie: I wrote a song about how I felt about FKO years ago, and was honoured when the convention began using it as its closing song. You can read the lyrics to "Home To FilKONtario" here...


HOME TO FILKONTARIO
===================
by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (1999)

G          F              C                D
I used to feel the lyrics slide inside my head
C                             D
The music filled me up, and I felt I would explode in a
G                 F               C           D
burst of coloured static, and the people all around, their eyes
F                G
on the ground.


CHORUS:
   C        Am      F      G
   Bring me home to FilKONtario
   C  Am  F        G
   Stay, sing with me - we'll
   C               Am
   be all right, sing all night
   F                   G        C    C
   with my friends at Filkontario.


G             F                 C            D
One fateful weekend, my friend took me to a filk, "What's a
C                        D
filk", I said, and she laughed and took my hand, led me
G             F              C               D
to a room of people with guitars and easy smiles, and I
F               G
stayed a while.


CHORUS:
   C        Am      F      G
   Bring me home to FilKONtario
   C  Am  F        G
   Stay, sing with me - we'll
   C               Am
   be all right, sing all night
   F                   G        C    C
   with my friends at Filkontario.

    (plus counterpoint #1)
    Bring me home to FilKONtario
    Bring me home to FilKONtario
    I want to go to FilKONtario
    
    (plus counterpoint #2)
    Filk FilkOntario...Filk FilkONtario
    I want to go to FilkONtario  
   
G           F               C               D   
So now I'm hooked, I go to filk cons every year, never
C                    D
get much sleep, why sleep? I could be filking...
G             F                C                 D
The circle changes but the smiles are still the same, and the
F              G
song remains.    

 

BRIDGE:
                     C       D                 
(but each time, I) find it harder to say 
     G                 C
good-bye at the end of day, 
G                     Em
may our paths cross again,
     D         G    F    G    F
my friend.


G           F               C            D   
Our voices may not be all perfectly on key, but we
C                          D
lift each other up, and share the melody as we
G                    F            C               D
fill the room with music, and I know I'll be all right as we
F                     G
sing into the night.


CHORUS (twice):

   C        Am      F      G
   Bring me home to FilKONtario
   C  Am  F        G
   Stay, sing with me - we'll
   C               Am
   be all right, sing all night
   F                   G        C    C
   with my friends at Filkontario.

    (plus counterpoint #1)
    Bring me home to FilKONtario
    Bring me home to FilKONtario
    I want to go to FilKONtario
    
    (plus counterpoint #2)
    Filk FilkOntario...Filk FilkONtario
    I want to go to FilkONtario

Reader Comments (1)

Does anyone know a way to contact Meg Davis or have her contact me? Thank you

April 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBettyann Guarino

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