As Long As I'm Flyin'

by Marc Gunn

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    It all began while I was watching an episode of Firefly called “Jaynestown”. In it, one of our antiheroes is drinking in a pub worried he’s gonna be arrested for past crimes he committed in Canton when a musician starts singing a song about him. The song is called the “Hero of Canton“.

    It turns out, “Hero of Canton” even inspired me to ask the question, “What other songs might’ve been heard in that pub in Canton?”

    I began a mission to write some of those songs. But I didn't do it alone. I wrote them with my friends James "Cedric" Hazlerig, Rie Sheridan Rose, and various Browncoats.
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Browncoats rise again with a new album of music inspired by Joss Whedon's cancelled Sci Fi Western hit series.

Even 15 years after the show was released, I find myself as passionate about Joss Whedon's Firefly as ever. I wrote my first Firefly filk in 2007. In 2011, I recorded Firefly Drinking Songs with the Bedlam Bards. It is still one of my most-popular albums. It led to a series of Firefly Drinking Songs shows that I perform at conventions. Now it is the source of my next album to be released in 2018 in the face of major changes in the music industry.

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released March 6, 2018

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Marc Gunn Birmingham, Alabama

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats. He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans a like for it’s unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic. It’s Celtic music, the traditional and the twisted. ... more

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Track Name: As Long As I'm Flyin'
lyrics Rie Sheridan Rose, music Marc Gunn

* [Eb]As long as I'm [Bb]flyin'
that [Cm]means that I'm [Bb]free
and [Eb]out in the {Bb]Black
is like [F]Heaven to [Gm]me.

[F]Stars shine like diamonds
in the [Eb]black velvet [Bb]night
I'm [F]telling you true,
'tis a [Eb]beautiful [F]sight.

And [Eb]round 'bout those stars
are [Bb]planets that spin
[Eb]Alliance and [Bb]Rebel,
[F]women and [Gm]men.

*

Whatever your side,
wherever you roam
there's room in the Black
that you can call home.

Rovers and outlaws,
companions and thieves.
There's room in those skies
for all who believe.

*

The signal went out
and I answered the call.
It led me out here
to sing for you all.

So pull me a beer.
Let's toast to the Black.
As long as I'm flyin'
there's nothing I lack.
Track Name: Wear the Brown With Pride
Wear the Brown with Pride
lyrics Rie Sheridan Rose, music Marc Gunn

* [C]Lift a glass to [F]freedom,
[C]show your Rebel [G]pride.
[C]Lift a [G]glass to [C]Browncoats,
[F]especially [G]those who [C]died.

The [C]Browncoat is a [F]symbol,
[C]throughout the ‘Verse it’s [F]known—
[C]A Browncoat stands for [F]freedom
and we [C]take it [G]for our [C]own!

[C]The Alliance tried to [F]break us
when [C]we stood against their [G]might
but [C]we Rebels don’t [F]break easy
and we [C]won’t give [G]up the [F]fight!

*

We may cling to the shadows,
but it doesn’t mean we’re gone.
We trudge on through the darkness
‘cause we’re waiting for the dawn!

The movement started quiet,
with a leather coat of brown,
but it’s growing like a storm cloud,
and it will not be held down.

*

Tell the Rebel story,
Tell it far and wide--
spread the Browncoat legend
for the sake of those who tried.

The Browncoats keep a’flyin’
and they fight for what is right.
Standing strong ‘gainst the Alliance
in the cold black of the night.

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Track Name: The Long Arm
[G]The Long Arm is reaching for you
Wants to [C]twist/wrest and take [G]control
It [C]struck down your [G]family
Now it's [Em]aimin' for your [D]soul [D7]

It's [C]grasp is filled with [G]hate
It's [C]fingers naught but [G]fear
[C]White knuckled, it grips you
Til your [C]eyes [D]fill with [G] tears

* [C]We fight for freedom, freedom
For [G]poetry and song
We fight for [C]actors and authors,
painters and potters,
Dancers and dreamers,
Laborers and learners
It's them [G]artists who make us [D]strong [D7]

The Long Arm took our planet
Down our throats, it done rammed
The promise of unification
But it left us all damned

Laid waste to our landscape
While its pockets grew fat
Left us homeless and cold
Now it's time we fight back

We're done running from the Long Arm
Browncoats rise again
We'll weaken your grip
And the stories you spin

Like you done with all your lies
That you packed in your fist
But you ain't seen the truth yet
Till you seen us resist
Track Name: Raise a Glass to Flyin'
lyrics Rie Sheridan Rose, music Marc Gunn

Let's raise a glass to flyin'
where the Devil fears to tred.
To risk the chance of dyin'
for the bright stars overhead.

Let's raise a glass to free men
Though we haven't got a dime.
Our ship's as fine as Eden
as to the stars we climb.

Let's raise a glass to runnin'
If the rules get in our way—
It's better to be flyin'...
We can fight another day.

Let's raise a glass to tryin'
when they kick you in the teeth.
To getting up, not cryin',
To stand for your beliefs.

Let's raise a glass to crewmates-
Though manners they may lack
When they know a threat awaits,
they've always got your back.

Let's raise a glass to pilots,
who keep us in the sky.
To engineers in violet
who keep this old girl spry.

Let's raise a glass to sighin'
o'er the ones we leave behind.
But you know I'd be lyin'
if I said I really mind.

Let's raise a glass to this ol' ship
There's no finer in the ‘Verse.
She's surely worth another sip—
My blessing and my curse.


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Verse:
[D]Let's raise a glass [G]to flyin'
[D]where the Devil fears [G] to tred.
[D]To risk the chance [G]of dyin'
for the [D]bright stars over-[A]head.
Track Name: Hero of Canton
Hero of Canton
aka The Ballad of Jayne

Jayne, the man they call Jayne

He robbed from the rich
And he gave to the poor
Stood up to the man
And gave him what for
Our love for him now
Ain't hard to explain
The hero of Canton
The man they call Jayne

Our Jayne saw the mudders' backs breakin'
He saw the mudders' lament
And he saw the magistrate takin'
Every dollar and leavin' five cents
So he said “you can't do that to my people”
He said “you can't crush them under your heel”
So Jayne strapped on his hat
And in 5 seconds flat
Stole everythin' Boss Higgins had to steal

He robbed from the rich
And he gave to the poor
Stood up to the man
And gave him what for
Our love for him now
Ain't hard to explain
The hero of Canton
The man they call Jayne

Now here is what separates heroes
From common folk like you and I
The man they call Jayne
He turned 'round his plane
And let that money hit sky
He dropped it onto our houses
He dropped it into our yards
The man they called Jayne
He stole away our pain
And headed out for the stars

He robbed from the rich
And he gave to the poor
Stood up to the man
And gave him what for
Our love for him now
Ain't hard to explain
The hero of Canton
The man they call Jayne.
Track Name: She's Shiny!
* She's shiny! Oh so shiny!
Don't say a word. I'm in love with that girl
She's shiny! Oh so shiny!
She keeps me spinning round and round in a whirl

Carryin' the weight of heartache from her past.
A-runnin' towards a future that won't last
What a beaut'! That girl makes my heart soar
She lights the night like a brightly shining... star

Dressed up for fancy ball in the dark of night.
Ain't gonna pull my punches, cuz I love to fight.
'Fore I knew, things got out of control
I set my sights on makin' it out whole

Sometimes she doesn't like the way I deal
Sometimes she lets me know with steel
Sometimes she sets good men on fire
Climb aboard and she'll ride up your spire.

I found her in a down and out, dirty place
Head down, feelin' a disgrace.
Looked inside and saw hope in her eyes
I knew one day that Firefly would fly!



* [G]She's shiny! Oh so [Em]shiny!
Don't [D]say a word. I'm in love with that [Em]girl
She's [G]shiny! Oh so [Em]shiny!
She keeps me [D]spinning round and round in a [Em]whirl

[C]Carryin' the weight of heartache from her [G]past.
[C]A-runnin' towards a future that won't [G]last
[C]What a beaut'! That girl makes my heart [G]soar
She [D]lights the night like a brightly shining... [Em]star
Track Name: Browncoat Baby
Browncoat Baby
lyrics and music by Marc Gunn

Browncoat baby
In your daddy's arms
Wearing your Jayne's hat
With all of Kaylee's charm
I wonder what in life
You might be
And the choices you decide
Or disagree

Browncoat baby
As I watch you grow big
Will you be like Malcolm
Or River dance a wild jig
Will you be a doctor
Just like Simon Tam
Or perhaps you'll learn to pilot
Your own pram

Browncoat baby
Will your life be full and fun?
Will you follow Shephard Book
And embrace religion
I see you stacking up those blocks
Perhaps an engineer
Or the way you move those rocks, you'll
Work on a pier

Browncoat baby
You're my inspiration
I wanna build you
A Firefly nation
See you soar like an albatross
So wild and free
And watch you return to land
Home safe with me.

Browncoat baby
You are perfect to me
Just like a companion
With her tea ceremony
You've the brawn as well as the brains
Just like Zoe
You're the ship that keeps on flyin'
Serenity
Track Name: Blue Sun
Blue Sun
by Marc Gunn
Date written, unknown, refound June 28, 2014.

They terraformed the lands of many fine worlds
Then bloodied our hands with our boys and our girls
They offered us cans of food that curdled
And piled on chains by the ton.

Blue Sun. Blue Sun.
Another corporation
With their hand on the gun
Blue Sun. Blue Sun.
Free yourself to run
From Blue Sun

You see their emblem emblazoned on crates
On walls, on wombs, even on your dates
You may fall victim to their seductive gaze
So raise up your hands to shun

Their manacles we'll cast off our tired wrists.
Their suits we'll pummel with our bloodied fists
Cut through the red tape and expunge the vile cyst
That cripples our will to run

So raise up your voice and shout to the firm
Let those who control know what it feels like to squirm
Their products we won't buy, but oh they shall burn
For this is their will undone




Key F

verse:
[C]They terraformed the lands of many fine worlds
Then [Am]bloodied our hands with our [Bb]boys and our [C]girls
They [F]offered us cans of [C]food that curdled
And [Bb]piled on chains by the [C]ton.

chorus:
Blue [F]Sun. Blue [C]Sun.
Another [Bb]corporation
Intent on no [C]fun
Blue [F]Sun. Blue [C]Sun.
[Bb]Free yourself to [C]run
From Blue [F]Sun
Track Name: She Said Her Name Was Saffron
I met her on the Outer Rim.
She was a beauty. There's no denial.
We danced around the fire that night.
In the morning, I awoke all smiles.
But when my boat hit atmo,
And she said that we were married.
Twas then I vowed I'd never again
Leave quick when I should tarry.

She said her name was Saffron,
A prize for work done well.
I know we'd done some good works,
But this time we must've excelled.
For her smile it made my legs week
And her breasts they made me weeze
Oh if I was a different man,
Then I'd show her the Real me.

That night I found her in my bunk
Lying naked in my bed.
She gave me the Goodnight Kiss
And I thought that I was dead.
We'd all be but for Inyara…
Oh, I wonder how she knew?
But what I really wish is I could've seen
The kiss between those two.

But that's not the point of this song, right now,
From this lesson I learned too well.
If you take strange women into your bed
You may end up in the Special Hell.
Either pin her down or set her free
Just don't let your plan go South.
If that doesn't work, then follow Jayne's advice,
“Never kiss them on the mouth.”
Track Name: There's a Bug in Cabin Six
There's a Bug in Cabin Six
lyrics Rie Sheridan Rose, music Marc Gunn

[D]When first I boarded a ship,
[D7]to journey to the Rim
[G]captain said one thing,
when [D]first I met with him.

"There's a [A]place you cannot go to
if you [A7]wander through the ship.
You [G]always must remember—
there's a [A]bug in Cabin [D]Six.


"I'm not sure how it got there…
I just know that it is…
it ate poor Private Carson—
that Cabin once was his.

Then he shook his fist in warning
but I snuck down for kicks…
and peeked into the door hatch
of forbidden Cabin Six...


The window was quite filthy,
but I got quite a shock
when I saw what they were hiding
behind that flimsy lock.

Stood high as my shoulder,
on legs like pogo sticks,
with three full sets of chompers…
that bug in Cabin Six.


I think I wound up screaming.
I really think I did.
Because it looked right through me--
in the hallway where I hid.

I ran back to my berth,
and double locks I clicked…
so I would not get eaten
by the bug in Cabin Six.


You may think this just a story,
a tall tale wrapped in song--
but I will tell you truly…
that logic is all wrong.

Somewhere in that wasteland…
in that black and starry mix…
that ship is still a-sailing,
with a bug in Cabin Six!

You may think this just a story,
a tall tale wrapped in song--
but somewhere in the Black
that bug is sailing on!
Track Name: Reaver's Lullaby
Close your eyes and sleep
There are reavers in your dreams
Go to sleep my darling
There's a reaver underneath your bed
The reavers in your bed are gonna eat your face

Stay in your bed
There are griswalds on the floor
The reavers in your bed
Are gonna eat your face

Sugar and spice and everything nice
Why do you think we say that
It's so the reavers in your bed
Will want to eat your face

You used to have a sister
She wouldn't go to sleep
So the reavers beneath her bed
Ate her face

Do not call for your mother
Who is that you think who let the reavers in
To eat your face

Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails
Who can account for the taste of reavers
The reavers in your bed
Are gonna eat your face

Baby don't you cry
Or the reavers won't wait til you fall asleep
Before they eat your face

My father sang this song to me
But he slipped and fell on a griswald
And the reavers beneath my bed
Ate his face

That is not a blanket
Good night.
Track Name: It's Good to Have Jayne On Your Side
Jayne on Your Side
by Justin Boot

[G]He’s dumb but he’s tough, he [C]likes to shoot stuff
And he [G]won’t give a damn what ya [D]think
Spends his [G]days turning wrenches, his [C]night chasing wenches
And he’ll [G]happily [D]kick in your [G]teeth,
[C]Yes, he’ll [G]happily [D]kick in your [G]teeth

He come from St Joe where he grew up with his ma
Lots of fish and this drunk Mexican
He hopped a few trains just to ride off his pains
Now he’s doing the best that he can, yes he’s doing the best that he can

He come from St. Joe where he grew up with his ma
Lots of fish and this drunk Mexican
He hopped a few trains just to ride off his pains
Now he's doing the best that he can,
Yes, he's doing the best that he can.

chorus:
He's troo proud to live and too dumb to die
Lord knows that his mother she tried
He always meant well while he's going to hell
But it's good to have Jayne on your side,
Yes, it's good to have Jayne on your side.

He drinks mudders milk, he don't wear no cock ring
He don't fight for no honor or fame
A night out with his gun is his idear of fun
And he thinks all you mudder are lame,
Yes, he thinks all you mudders are lame.

He steals what he needs from the big companies
And returns it so he can get paid
First son of Spinard his life is quite hard
Escaping the messes he's made,
Yes, escaping the messses he's made.

He's living his dream he fixes up things
He's got hima rusty shotgun
A three-legged dog, a shack on a hill
And that's his retirement fund,
Yes, that's Jayne's retirement fund.

He rolls with the Satins, he don't do much hatin'
Not much in this Verse that he needs
Jus a little more clutch, some vittles and such
And one night with some pretty young girl,
Yes, some trim from some fine looking girl.
Track Name: Sail the Sky
With all my [G]fears and sorrows [D]close
I'm hanging [C]on - just hanging [D]on
I wish that [G]you were here with [D}me
To sail the [C]sky Seren[D]ity[G]

Intro: G

Chorus:
And take me [C]high or take me [G]low
Through to the [C]end where I may [G]go
If I can [Em]stand then I shall [C]pass
Pass [G]beyond this [D]night of [Em]black
Pass [C]beyond this [D]night of [G]black

How many words did you impart
While I chose to close my heart
And unto God you made this plea
Safe sail the sky Serenity

CHORUS
If just once more we dance in light
Or trace our tears through one more fight
What could I say to set you free?
But sail the sky Serenity

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CHORUS

As stars burn bright and rise the dawn
So our paths must journey on
We lose not hope in family
Still sail the sky Serenity

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