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Long Haul

Long Haul
by Rob Wynne
TTTO: “Kenworth Of My Dreams” by Richard Shindell

Sold my army rifle
Kept my old brown coat
My best friend said she’d follow me
Wherever I might roam
So I looked around until I found
A ship within my means
I put fifteen thousand credits down
On the Firefly of my dreams

A farmer’s daughter joined the crew
And she took the thing apart
And every coil and grav link
She came to know by heart
Our pilot, he’s a little strange
And Jayne is plenty mean
But I know they’ll stand behind me
In the Firefly of my dreams

But sometimes, late out on some shipping lane
I think of all the war had cost
Bad guys won, the good guys lost
I just wrote the whole damn system off

I think Inara likes me
But she won’t take me to bed
The doctor and his sister
Are running from the Feds
Shepherd says I’m running too;
I don’t know what he means
I’m just flying out into the black
In the Firefly of my dreams

But sometimes late out on some shipping lane
I think of all the war had cost
Bad guys won, the good guys lost
I just wrote the whole damn system off

Lately, life’s been pretty odd;
I’ve reasons to complain.
My character’s been questioned
So I’d like to make this plain:
From Ariel to Higgins Moon
And all points in between
I’ll do the job and then get paid
In the Firefly of my dreams

Yes, I’ll do the job and then get paid
In the Firefly of my dreams

There are many Firefly songs.  This one is mine.

Richard Shindell writes amazing songs, and I listen to him a lot and cover a lot of his work.  And a long time ago, it occurred to me that the long-haul trucker in his song “The Kenworth of my Dreams”, who sells everything he owns to buy a sort of freedom, was a spiritual ancestor to Malcolm Reynolds.

This is another song where the idea came to me and stalled halfway through, and then sat in a folder for a long time.   I finished it a couple of years ago, but looking back over my blog, it appears I never actually posted it.  I know I’ve performed this a couple of times out and about, once in a circle at Conflikt and once on a panel at Dragon*Con.

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5 Comments

  1. Hi, Rob,

    I just wanted to let you know I shared the link to “Long Haul” with some fellow Shindell fans. Turns out there’s a good deal of Firefly crossover and long story short, we are geeking on this HARD. 🙂 Not only is it a great idea to tell the story of “Kenworth of My Dreams” from Mal’s point of view, but your execution of the concept is spot on. If you have a video of you singing “Long Haul” or ever happen to post one, please let me know.

    • Wow, thanks so much! I appreciate you sharing it!

      I don’t currently have a recording, but if I get one that doesn’t make me cringe, I’ll let you know. 🙂

  2. You are very welcome, and I am glad you posted these lyrics.

    • Is there a thread online where this discussion was happening? 🙂 (Or, even…is there a place online where Shindell fans hang out that I’m not hip to?)

      • Hi, Rob, great you asked! I am sending you a message via Facebook with details--it may land in your “Other” folder so keep an eye out for it?

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