Sunday, May 21, 2006

You can't take the sky from me

For Clair, who introduced me to this gem of a series:
I'm very selective about the songs I LSS on. One song stands out in particular: the Firefly theme song written by Joss Whedon and sung by Sonny Rhodes. It's my ultimate antidote to any other song that attempts to latch on to mind.

On the downside, the theme song is so short, running at less than a minute. So I did some searching on the Net and found...a full-length version.

When the stars shine bright through the engine's trail
And the dust of another world drops behind
When my ship is free of the open sky
It's a damn good day to my way of mind
There's a barren planet you never can leave
There's a rocky valley where we lost a war
There's a cross once hung round a soldier's neck
There's a man's faith died on Serenity's floor

But I stood my ground and I'll fly once more
It's the last oath that I ever swore

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me
Take me out into the black
Tell 'em I ain't comin' back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me
You can't take the sky from me

When you see a man and he's standin' alone
Well you might just take him for an easy mark
And there's many a man has tried his hand
And there's worse than wolves in the borderland dark
From the savage men to the government hounds
Try to take what's yours and tear you through
But them that run with me's got my back
It's a fool don't know that his family's his crew

Don't you tell me what I cannot do
Don't you think I've got to run from you


When you've walked my road and you've seen what I've seen
Well you won't go talkin' 'bout righteous men
You'll know damn well why I want to keep to my sky
Never cry 'neath nobody's heel again
I've seen torment raked 'cross innocent souls
Seen sane men mad and good men die
I've been hounded, hated, married and tricked
Been tortured, cheated, shot and tied

You won't see no tears when I say goodbye
I've still got my family and my Firefly


The full-length song was actually not written by Whedon but by folk singer and Firefly fan Michelle Dockrey of Escape Key, who also performs it on the Internet recordings. Guitar keys are available here. Download the song from here.


  1. Ooooh! I actually have a copy of this song already. Doesn't it sound so awesome?! :D

    I <3 Firefly so much!

  2. Yes. Can't get tired of listening to it. So much geeky angst which can break out into violence at any moment. Can you feel it?

  3. Just bought the DVD of the first series and Serenity last week and working through it now. I've only watched the first 3 episodes so far but it's growing on me.

  4. Haha, wow, thanks; I wasn't aware there was an extended version, even if it isn't an official thing.

  5. Hi, Chaz: sadly, it's also the only season.

    Miguel: no prob. Glad to see more Firefly fans.

  6. Does anyone have a link to the basement version? Don't get me wrong, the studioversion rocks, but I liked the pacing on the basement version better.

    Cheers, Gode

  7. Hi, Gode. Michelle Dockrey's web site has links to the basement version as well.

  8. Fantastic. Thanks Dominique, I've also sent Michelle a long email detailing my love for the song.

    much obliged for your help
    - Gode