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The Riverside Song!

I've been filked!

Many and great are the delights of Finncon -- at least, when you're GoH. As we've been burning the midnight sun here in Jyvaskyla, and have a train to Tampere to catch in the morning, I will not enumerate them for you here . . .  (deliasherman  's been doing her best, but seems to have fallen behind; she is, however, writing in her journal even as I type).  I've done a bit of tweeting (@ellenkushner), but that's about it.

I couldn't wait, though, to post the lyrics to the very clever song they wrote and sang for me last night.  You can't possibly enjoy it as much as I did - I howled - but try to do your best.

(tune: She’ll be coming ‘round the mountain when she comes)
(lyrics: Marianna Leikomaa)

Now we want to sing a song of Riverside,
it has many places for a man to hide.
There are prostitutes and murders,
scary place where your blood curdles
but we always want some more of Riverside.

If you like your life stay clear from Riverside,
if you look too posh just kiss your ass goodbye.
All you rich and noble scholars,
better keep track of your dollars,
even if you don’t care much of your own pride.

Crazy people seem to drift to Riverside,
it’s a place where inhibitions all subside.
You may cause a lot of loathing,
dress your niece up in your clothing,
and in general be a bit on loopy side.

Fantasy of manners, that is Riverside,
politics and duels, often someone dies.
It is all so very clever,
and we don’t think that we’ll ever
get enough stories which tell of Riverside.

While Thomas the Rhymer's the only book of mine to be translated into Finnish, an astonishing number of Swordspoint fans have been coming out of the woodwork.  In their honor, today, I read "The Man with the Knives" at my reading (having done a gigantic performance of Thomas, with music, for my GoH "speech" the day before).  

I made boys cry.


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Jul. 19th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Your powers cannot be denied.
One Finnish word: _sisu_. So, probably harder.
Jul. 19th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Riverside song
Did you get a recording of it? Is your GOH speech recorded as well?

I would love to hear both of them!

Aug. 9th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Riverside song
As far as I know, nothing was recorded. You'll just have to roll your own!
Jul. 19th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)

Also, I now have a copy of The Man With the Knives, and it is so pleasing to the senses I have yet to get beyond petting it. It is the Precious to my Gollum.
Aug. 9th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
I know . . . I kind of feel the same! I hope you do like it when you do get beyond the petting stage.
Jul. 19th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)

How wonderful to have a song written for you! I love this part:
'You may cause a lot of loathing,
dress your niece up in your clothing,
and in general be a bit on loopy side.'

Yes, that sums Alec up nicely :>)
Jul. 19th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
You made grown men cry too (at least if you count a fortysomething male to be a grown man and not a boy)! It was an absolute pleasure to hear you read your beautiful story, thank you so much. And thank you for coming to Finncon, hope to see you if you visit Turku while in Finland.


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