Songs

Here's something the online folknik should have had long ago: the song page. Our only excuse for not doing it earlier is, you wouldn't believe how hard it is to put sheet music into an online format and make it look anywhere near good. On the other hand, web format lends itself to a couple of things paper can't do, like providing links to sound files so you can actually hear the song. Don't expect this page to be identical to the paper folknik's song page. In some ways it'll be better; in others, not as good. Please send feedback to the online editor at

--John Kelly

Mark Graham is best known for his quirky, hilarious songs such as 'Zen Gospel Singing', 'I Can See Your Aura and It's Ugly', 'Life Is Hard But It's Hardest When You're Dumb' and many others. He is also a wonderful singer, harmonica and clarinet player. Here's one of his latest.

For a printable PDF, click here.

SFFMC member John Kelly is the on-line folknik guru. He's also a musician (aren't we all?) and wrote this fine bit of political commentary. Thanks, John.

Just a Little War

[D]Midterm 'lections comin' up, my polls are goin' [A] down.
Democrats all say they're gonna run me outta [D]town.
I need somethin' to pick me up, I feel so sad and [G]sore,
I [A]think I'll just have me a little [D]war.
Chorus:
[G]Just a little war, [D]just a little war,
[A]Don't care who we have it with, I [D]don't care what it's [D7]for,
[G]Please just let me have this one and [D]I won't ask for more,
[A]I just wanna have a little [D]war.

I know that in the past sometimes I've had a few too many;
Good thing I won't have to pay, they cost a pretty penny!
Our kids'll pay, some with their lives, but that's what kids are for,
I just wanna have a little war.

Chorus

War's the way to get the people pullin' all together,
Just the way a flock of sheep'll follow the bellwether.
He's nothin' but a well-fed ram, no more brains than a half-baked ham
But he can lead his flock right into war.

Chorus

Some men lead by talkin' 'bout the things we all hold dear;
Me, I get more mileage from the old appeal to fear.
*Al Qaeda! Nine-eleven! They're headin' for our shores!
Don't you think we need a little war?

Chorus

*Freely substitute the threat du jour.

For a printable PDF version of the first verse and tune, click here. A recording of John singing the song is available here.


The folknik song pages are produced by Ray Frank. If you'd like to submit a song for possible publication, please send a score and/or recording to . . .

Copyright for all songs published on this page remains with the authors.