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Serenity Valley Waltz

from Selcouth by Marc Gunn



“Serenity Valley Waltz” was the first song I wrote for the In the ‘Verse podcast. It was inspired by the Battle of Serenity Valley from the TV show Firefly.

I tried to imagine what it was like to experience a devastating defeat like the Independents endured. We know how Malcom Reynolds and Zoe recovered. Mal lost faith. But how did other Independents recover when 2/3 of their friends were killed.

This is a song about overcoming trauma and finding peace again. It's about using music to find your happy place. I can imagine these Browncoats somberly singing this song together for their fallen friends.


There's a place that I go.
When I'm feelin' low.
And a battle is ragin' in my head.
It dries up my tears
And holds back the fear
Gives me strength to face what's ahead

Serenity Valley Waltz
When I'm feelin' like everything's lost.
My heart is all ablaze
And my mind's in a haze
Let the Angels dance away my faults.

I felt the sadness that you caused
When you exposed all my flaws
And treated my fears as unreal.
There is truth in your lie
So much hurt as I cried
When you left my soul scarred and unhealed

Each day that I rise
I look up in the skies
I'm grateful my family's with me
Still I wait for the dawn
And struggle to go on
So I pray for Serenity.


from Selcouth, released February 14, 2022
Lyrics and music by Marc Gunn. Marc Gunn - autoharp, vocals. Sam Gillogly - fiddle. Nathan Deese - drum, mandolin. Mixed and mastered by Mitchell Petersen




Marc Gunn Atlanta, Georgia

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats--Sci F'Irish music.

He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans alike for its unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic.
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