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(Originally posted on May 31st, 2016, on LJ.)

A while back, Sumana Harihareswara asked if I might write a bit of Hamilton filk for use in a charitable endeavour. I wrote two. Sumana, with help from K. Tempest Bradford, performed them at the Tiptree auction this past weekend at WisCon 40. People have been requesting lyrics, so here they are:

The King George filk

You say
My fiction depicts you in stereotypical ways
You cry
On my books and you hurl dirty looks when you see me go by
Why so shrill?
For decades we made an arrangement that suited me fine
Now you’re up in my grill
Remember that if there’s a narrative here, it’s mine
Just keep calm, settle down
You’re so unattractive with that frown
Things take time; change starts small
Just be grateful you’re on-screen at all
Shows get axed, books get canned
I don’t really think you understand
Just how far I will go
To avoid the need to change a thing, and to protect the status quo.

Da da da da da et cetera


The Washington and Hamilton filk
(from Right Hand Man, starting right after "Knight takes rook, but look" -- note that this is the original version; in performance, Sumana and Tempest divided the Mulligan and Company parts between them as well as Hamilton and Washington)

[WASHINGTON]
We are all here
It’s grand
Look at what we
Got planned

We got a con that really cooks
Ayo, we’re gonna talk about good books

Programming!

[COMPANY]
Book, book, book, book, book!
Book, book, book, book, book!

[HAMILTON]
There’s Midnight Robbers and Hominids like what Nalo does

[MULLIGAN]
Rah!

[HAMILTON]
Justine has Razorhurst, Rosa, and gets a lotta buzz

[MULLIGAN]
Rah!

[HAMILTON]
It’s not a myst’ry why Winged Hist’ries is a favorite
A Stranger in Olondria?
Yo, stop and savor it!

[COMPANY]
Yeah!

[WASHINGTON]
We got Nalo and Justine and Sofia, and…

[COMPANY]
Yeah!

[WASHINGTON]
You’re at WisCon and we’re happy to see ya and…

[COMPANY]
Yeah!

[WASHINGTON]
Take another look and…

[COMPANY]
Yeah!

[WASHINGTON]
Stop and buy another book and…

[COMPANY]
Yeah!

[WASHINGTON]
Hardcover, paperback, or on your Kindle or your Nook!

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