In late 1990 or early 1991, Caid had a War Song Competition. The Bardic Consortium (now
called Circle of Bards) of Caid declared it for the 25th anniversary of the Society for Creative
Anachronism (SCA). The winning song would be one that fighters could sing while going off to
battle. This is about my entry which (ahem) won.
The Caidan War Song Contest was announced for the then coming SCA's 25th anniversary,
1 May 1991 C.E./May 1 A.S. 25. (This was called the Twenty Fifth Year Celebration, or
TFYC). Actually, this wouldn't necessarily be "the" war song, but was one to be created for
and recognized at the sliver anniversary.
There were certainly more prolific and successful songwriters than I in Caid, but one thing
made me very hopeful -- this would be a song for fighters. While some fighters were
talented singers (one of the main bardic promoters of the contest was), most were not. I
imagined composers submitting sublimely musical songs written for bards, not for fighters.
This would give me a chance. I would write a really, really easy -- and fun -- song to sing.
I think the first thing I thought about was the range. I remembered hearing Paul McCartney
talk about writing a song for Ringo Starr. I thought I'd heard that Ringo's range was six
notes. In retrospect, that wasn't right. "Yellow Submarine," the most popular Beatles' song
sung by Ringo, has a slightly larger range. But in any case, I decided, "I'll write a song with
a range of six notes." (Note that you'll hear one high note in the midi file -- this is actually
intended to be shouted, not sung).
Next, I had to choose a time signature. I envisioned the fighters singing the song while
marching off to war. Perhaps the most common time signature for marches is 4/4. You
know, the military "hup, two, three, four." So I chose 4/4 time.
I thought for fighters to want to sing this song, it will have to be fun. So no grand and
glorious lyrics; the words would have to be easily memorized with a little humour thrown in. I
also wanted it to be easy for others to add their own verses.
So I wrote a very basic, easy-to-sing song with (I hoped) fun lyrics, then submitted it.
When I saw the other submissions, I saw some grand songs that displayed much greater
musical talent than my piece. But mine was singable by people with almost no musical
talent, which was, after all, the point of the contest.
So my song won.
This song had several verses which very regretfully I haven't found. If you have a copy of
this song I would be forever grateful if you could get it to me or let me know how I can get it.
Below is the chorus and one verse (from memory). To the left is a simple midi file of the
melody of the chorus, verse, then chorus again. There's also a link to a pdf file of the
chorus and verse. The verse(s) have essentially the same music, but the rhythm and length
of the notes is somewhat different to fit the lyrics.
Fighting for Caid, yes,
Fighting for Caid;
We'll drive those bloody beggar back,
Fighting for Caid.
|Fighting For Caid
We'll best the West, Antir will fear,
Outlanders will flee East;
On Adenveldt and Calontir
and all the rest we'll feast. Hey!
|SPECIAL COPYRIGHT NOTICE
While this song is copyrighted, I don't mind if you
sing it, play it, or even copy it for non-profit purposes
related to the Society for Creative Anachronism or a
related non-profit or not-for-profit group.
Any other rights, just ask me and I'll likely give them
The SCA is divided into
roughly correspond to
real-life areas. For
example, at the time this
song was written, Caid
California, the Las
Vegas area of Nevada,
Hawaii and New
Zealand. The West,
Antir, Outlands, the
East, Adenveldt and
Calontir are other SCA