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Firefly Drinking Songs

by Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn

Mighty drinking songs for fans of Joss Whedon's "Firefly" and "Serenity". The perfect sound for hoisting a mug of mudder's milk!
Genre: Folk: Drinking Songs
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1. Monahan's Mudder's Milk Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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2. Somnambulant Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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3. Hush, Now Little Citizen: Lullabye for a Somnambulant Public Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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4. Bring Me Home, Boys Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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5. Kaylee Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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6. O Susanna Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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7. Fruity Oaty Bars Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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8. Browncoats Keep Flyin' Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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9. It's Good to Have Jayne on Your Side Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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10. A Drop of Reever Blood (parody: A Drop of Nelson's Blood) Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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11. Whiskey in the Jar Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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12. Libertas Sumptus Intro Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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13. Freedom Costs Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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14. Hero of Canton Bedlam Bards & Marc Gunn
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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?”

So in 2008, I wrote a song called “Monahan’s Mudder’s Milk“. I played it at DragonCon. While recording for The Signal Podcast, I was inspired by the idea of writing and recording an entire album of Firefly drinking songs.

Three years later, I was heading back at DragonCon chatting with the Bedlam Bards, the premiere Browncoat band. I still had not recorded the album. So I asked Cedric if he and Hawke would be interested in recording a live album of Firefly drinking songs. I didn’t have enough music for one, but together we did.

The bards agreed and our first recording at DragonCon was huge success. We recorded our Firefly drinking songs again at FenCon and then finished up the recordings at concert in Austin, Texas.

The result is stunning. The album features twelve live recordings. Each song has over a score of people singing along in great pub song fashion. Most of the songs are first time recordings, never before released.

You’re gonna love this exciting album of music inspired by Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity.

At the request of Ben Edlund, author of The Hero of Canton, a portion of the profits for this album will benefit cancer research.


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Heather

Rollicking Fun for Firefly Fans
This collection of songs will delight true Browncoats, and will likely leave other listeners puzzled. If you remember the stories from the Firefly ‘verse, you will chuckle at the little bits of humor in the lyrics. If you’re looking for sophistication and polished poetry, go find something else.

My favorite of the lot is “A Drop of Reever Blood.” It’s not the most sophisticated tune. In fact, it’s extremely simple, easy to sing, and repetitive. But that’s what makes it the perfect “Firefly Drinking Song!” It’s the perfect song to sing with a group of friends, even if they’re not good singers. It tells a story, one verse at a time. It’s flexible and forgiving, and you can make up your own part. What more could you want in a drinking song?! It's perfect!

Ben

A Totally Shiny Album
A great album for any Firefly fan to listen to and enjoy. It's got great tunes to make any fan of the series want to don a browncoat and a kilt at the same time.

Jennifer Marie

Aim to Misbehave? This is a MUST for any Browncoat, shiny?
Marc Gunn and the Bedlam bards have captured the heart of the Browncoat movement. Those who love the show will laugh at the references made in the wonderful lyrics, and leaving those who haven't seen the show want to learn more about Firefly. From the first to the last some it is a reminder of what made the show great. In that same essence, from the first to the last song The Bedlam Bards and Marc Guinn deliver such a great CD that you can't help but tap your foot, clap your hands and sing along.

The from the moment you put the first song "Monahan's Mudders Milk" on you realize it's a recorded in from of a live audience CD. You have Marc teaching you the chorus lyrics, and you can't help but to learn them and sing with the group. Next thing you know you are clapping with the live audience with visions from the episode the song references too playing in your hear.

"Somnambulant" is an introduction to "Hush, Now Little Citizen," Giving you Somnambulant definition and where it was used in the show.

"Hush, Now Little Citizen" is a song that when you listen to it carefully you realize how it relates to the world around us. How some people would rather us Somnambulant to what's going on in the world. You can come to your own conclusions after you hear it

"Bring me home boys" is the first of a few songs that you know its about the Battle of Serenity Valley. But its relation to the Wars we are in and have been in the past is amazing. You can almost hear the chorus as someone's last words "Bring me home boys...tell my mama I am a man" powerful powerful.

"Kaylee", is a 50's style love song for our favorite ships tech. This is another one of those songs that Cedric teaches you the part you are going to end up singing along with. The twist in the middle is the first of a few times that made Dr Pepper come out of my nose, so it is well worth the listen from start to finish.

"O Susanna" is a take on the take traditional song, but with a Firefly rewrite. This song demonstrates the musical skills of all the fine artists on the stage, with a dose of Reever's, fighting, and of course a bit of dreaming about the one you love, and finding them no matter the cost.

"Fruity Oaty Bars" by far is my favorite song on the CD. From the get go you know where it is from and the images of the very strange tv advertisement that called Summer out, putting the entire plot of the movie into play. With the lyrics continuation the battle of Summer with the bar patrons to Simons Russian to know her out, I giggled like a school girl the entire song.

1 2 1 2 5 7 - "Browncoats Keep Flying" is a theme song for the Browncoats Revolution. It says that even tho they got us once, we will get the `Verse back, no matter the cost, but we will get it back. We do what we have to make it, even if its not the most up n up operations, as long as we keep the ship in the air, that's all that matters. A theme, an anthem, a battle cry, hopefully it will unify Browncoats everywhere.

"It's good to have Jayne on Your side" is about our loveable but dumb hired muscle man Jayne. From Vera the gun to our favorite fluffy handmade hat from his mama he loves; it reminds us why him on your side is the better thenany other side he could be on. It's a song reminder of everything he is and what makes him great. Behind "Fruity Oaty Bars" and "Monahan's Mudders Milk" this is my third favorite song on the album.

"A Drop of Reever's Blood" is a rewrite of the traditional tune by the name of "A Drop of Nelson's Blood." This is a funny rendition of a beloved song, giving it a wonderful Firefly twist, that like many other songs on this CD you can't help but sing a long with. I will admit the ending is another moment where Dr Pepper came out of my nose.

"Whiskey in the Jar" is another well known Celtic song and show cases that The Bedlam Bards and Marc Gunn are more then parody singers of their original songs, but they haven't left behind the traditional roots that they are known for.

"Liberta Sumptus" is an introduction for "Freedom Costs;" It is Cedric retelling a story from DragonCon, I wont spoil the story but I will say the end he dedicates the next song to all those in the military, past and present.

"Freedom Costs" is the 2ed military song on the album, but it is the one that hits home the hardest to me. I have friends and family in the military who have come back, and some who haven't. To realize that freedom does cost something, and even though it is related to the Battle of Serenity Valley, if you think of it for any battle, past and present it is an anthem for it. This is a heart melting song that had me singing along and near tears by the end from its powerful meaning.

You can't have a Firefly themed cd without "Hero of Canton" the now infamous song about Jayne from the episode "Jaynestown" where Jayne discovers he has not only a statue but a folk song about him. Everyone knows this song and can sing it in their sleep. The cd ends on this great song that leaves you with a great smile, it completes the cd by hearing "Hero of Canton"

So there you have it, 14 songs about the show we love. Our space cowboy theme show about Reevers, Crazy Girls, the `Verse, flying ships and the Allience. I hope you enjoy the cd as much if not more then I have hearing it and reviewing it. Now excuse me, I need to watch all 14 episodes and the movie. Remember, We Aim to Misbehave, shiny.

Stephen

Spot on!
Wild, whimsical and witty, this album stays true to the spirit of Firefly. If you are a true Browncoat this album is a must buy.  Thanks for keeping the ship flying!

Todd Wiley

AWESOME Album
This album is very true to the spirit of Firefly. Many great tracks that feel like they could have been written directly for the show.