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Friday
Aug302013

Song: A Neurotic Love Song

I've been a Star Trek fan ever since classic Trek. I still maintain that Captain Kirk was the quintessential Star Trek captain, though if I was going on an away mission, I'd totally opt for Jean-Luc Picard. I adore Patrick Stewart's work (not just in Star Trek), and am very fond of my Patrick Stewart "Discover The Feeling, Learn To Read" literacy poster - a gift from a librarian after we did a children's concert in his library.

When it was announced that Star Trek: The Next Generation was about to wind up, TV Guide solicited fan tributes for a special commemorative edition. I submitted a poem and gave my music group the byline, in hopes of generating interest in our albums. I later turned this into a song which Urban Tapestry performed at filk and science fiction conventions.

Performing the song in an open filk circle. I'm using my props!

You can hear a sample on CDBaby. Allison and Jodi alternate vocal leads, while I play percussion (using rhythm sticks on my music stand) and do visual schtick with props throughout. We ham it up throughout the song, and it's great fun to perform. :-)

 

Above photo: a performance we did with our friend WK, who generously dressed up as Picard for one of our concerts at FilKONtario. :-)

 

A NEUROTIC LOVE SONG

by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (May 1994) 

Bb             Cm                F              Bb
Robert Redford has the chin, Mel Gibson has the eyes
      D                Gm            Cm             F
Sean Connery has the experience, and Arnie has the size.
      Bb               Cm         F            Bb
But they all can't compare to one very Special Guy
    D             Gm       Cm                F
who may have zero hair but makes my hormones fry...

 

CHORUS: 
  Bb              Gm
  Jean-Luc, Jean-Luc
         Eb         F
  You're my kind of mah-han
       Bb                         Gm
  You say <spoken:> "Earl Grey...HOT"
       Eb           F
  Like no one else can.
      Bb            Gm
  Forget about Lwaxanna
            Eb         F
  and that hussy Beverly
     Bb               Gm
  Eline and Vash are goners
         Eb             F
  Your heart belongs to me.

 

BRIDGE:
When the series ended I cried showers 
I thought it was the end of you and me 
But now I can still talk to you for hours (thank God for re-runs)
As I caress the screen of my TV...... 

 

CHORUS:
  Bb              Gm
  Jean-Luc, Jean-Luc
         Eb         F
  You're my kind of mah-han
       Bb                         Gm
  You say <spoken:> " EARL GREY HOT " 
       Eb           F
  Like no one else can. 
      Bb            Gm
  Forget about Lwaxanna 
            Eb         F
  and that hussy Beverly 
     Bb               Gm
  Eline and Vash are goners 
         Eb             F
  Your heart belongs to me. 

 

VERSE:
Bb                    Cm           F               Bb
When they say you're fictional, it cuts me like a knife 
      D              Gm        Cm             F
They tell me I'm a loony, that I should get a life. 
     Bb              Cm        F              Bb
But they can't understand the passion that we share 
   D             Gm               Cm          
I want to lie beside you, run my fingers through your...

 

CHORUS:
  Bb              Gm
  Jean-Luc, Jean-Luc
         Eb         F
  You're my kind of mah-han
       Bb                         Gm
  You say <spoken:> "EARL GREY HOT "
       Eb           F
  Like no one else can.
      Bb            Gm
  Forget about Lwaxanna 
            Eb         F
  and that hussy Beverly
     Bb               Gm
  Eline and Vash are goners
         Eb             F
  Your heart belongs to me.

 

A: To me! (dirty look at other) J: To me! (dirty look)

 

Captain Kirk may have more haaaaair
But he just can't compaaaaare
Jean-Luc, you are the man for MEEEEE.
Make it SO! 

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