The Furry Song
The Furry Song è una canzone di genere pop scritta e cantata dal musicista ed ex-furry fan australiano Kurrel the Raven (chiamato anche KwookyWomble) con tema principale la sottocultura furry ed i suoi membri. E' considerata il singolo piu' famoso dell'artista, che l'ha riscritta e registrata in tre versioni differenti pubblicate nel 2001, 2004 e 2007. La terza ed ultima versione è inculsa come prima traccia ne The Furry Album.
Sebbene l'intento originale del musicista fosse quello di scrivere semplicemente un'introduzione cantata alla sottocultura, al suo gergo ed anche agli aspetti negativi di essa, alcuni furry fans considerano la canzone come inno agli animali antropomorfi e con l'intento di eliminare gli stereotipi negativi dei membri ed annessi artisti.
La prima versione pubblicata online nell'Agosto 2001 (chiamata anche Boo! Version dalla prima parola detta da Kurrel nella canzone) era cantata in stile rap con un sottofondo raggae. Pubblicata dapprima su Fur Affinity, Kurrel cancello' il suo upload poco dopo ritenendo la canzone di bassa qualità.
Nell'Aprile 2004 una seconda versione (chiamata stavolta Hi! Version) venne caricata sulla galleria personale Fur Affinity di Kurrel. Presentava la stessa base raggae ma con un testo diverso, registrato in qualità migliore e piu' incentrato a descrivere la diversità culturale e di interesse all'interno della sottocultura.
L'ultima versione fu pubblicata nel 2007, inclusa nel Furry Album e completamente diversa per quanto riguarda lo stile della base musicale e dei versi cantati, entrambi in stile da discoteca. Il testo è invece strutturato come un monologo satirico sulla sottocultura furry e sulle attività dei furry fans.
Di seguito il testo completo, originale, della Hi! Version:
It is a rap song. I hope you like rap songs. I know I do. I will magically count to 4, and the beat shall appear. 1, 2, 3, 4. Are you grooving yet? I hope so! Grooving is what this song's about. Grooving to furry information. Hello!
First off, what's furry? That's an easy thing to tell: It's an animal that happens to be human as well. In technical terms we call it anthropomorphics, But it's easy to explain without all the linguistics; If it walks like a person but meows like a cat, You've got yourself a furry - it's as simple as that!
If it talks like a person and flies like a bird, Then it's still a furry even though it sounds absurd. 'Cause even though birds have feathers and not fur, Mammals are the commonest type of furry in the world So the word comes from them. Even starting with a fly, You'll end up with a furry no matter how hard you try.
That's a furry. That's a furry, that's a furry. I will sing it. That's a fuuurry. That's a furry, that's a furry. That's a furry you know.
So, that's a furry character but what about the rest? A furry is a person to whom furries are an interest. So both the character and the viewer are furry - It'll all make sense soon, so don't worry.
Most furries never meet face to face. We come from everywhere, all over the place. There's furries in the Americas and in the EU. There's furries in Asia and Australasia too. On the Internet we gather from the soil of all nations: All ages and races; both genders; a range of educations. Here we are, all the furries are we, Whether artists or congoers or strictly RP.
Now to help with the furry jargon here's some quick education: RP is roleplaying in a made-up situation; A fursona is a furry you pretend to be, Usually one you make up yourself for other people to see. In furry lingo, one word stands out: And that word is yiff and this is what it's all about. Or maybe I'll shut up and move right along, Because you can't define yiff in a polite sort of song. And that's without touching scritching or spooge, When it comes to furry-speak, there's a veritable deluge. But that's about the quota for the second verse done, So join in the chant and have some fun!
Furry. This is furry. This is furry. This is furry, furry! Furry! (We're not furbies, by the way.)
To make a furry's easy - anyone can do it: You take your favourite animal and mix a human through it. You modify the product - is it real or cartoony? Is it two legs or four? Is it straight? Is it loony? Does it have a pair of wings sprouting out of its back? Does it have an extra set of legs that other furs lack? Can it talk or does it speak with psychic communication? Is it you? Is it not? Is it just speculation?
Once you have your fursona all sorted out, You can take a walk and see what we are all about. Some of us have gone and made a costume for effect - But that's a different story - fursuiters on the left and to the right we have the artists, who are numerous in style: Anyway you like it, they can draw it with a smile! But keep in mind that in the mix is every sort of thing And not all of it for children, which can be a bit of a sting.
Experimentation is the order of the day; Imagination keeps our minds at play. Now the next verse is long so I'm going to abort And start the chant early to keep the third one short.
We're Furry. We're Furry. We're Furry. Furry. So Furry. So Furry. So Furry! aaaaah....
Up to the downside of all this furry fun: Some people don't get it not all, just some. Misinformation and lies are afoot! It's crap up with which I shall not put! Hey MTV! Hey Vanity Fair! Take a bow, Eurotrash and Marie Claire! And a special shout out to - you know what? I don't care. If I bitch about detractors, it's a total waste of air.
I'm only a furry to have fun, say what you like. Anti-furry propaganda can take a long hike! And it's not just that we're all completely squeaky clean, Only sometimes the normal world thinks it has a right to be mean. And normal? Who'd wanna be? It's not for us! You can heckle us all you like from the Boring Bus! And if you need to put a weirdo down to feel bigger, then you're a sad sort of person and you're sicker than Doug Winger.
Some furries are odd, some furries are mean, Some furries draw pictures which are rather obscene. Some furries believe things which are strange to me! But remember what I said about furry diversity?
'Cause it's not a bad thing for the world to know us, But just the kooky stuff is not a fair part to show of us. We don't mind curiosity, 'cause that's what we're about, But any future journalists had better watch out!
One extra single doesn't do a lot of damage; We furries have dealt with quite enough spammage. With all that said, the tide is turning. The wounds are healing and we're quickly learning that:
Best paw forward is the way to go! Put your best paw forward and away you go! Put your best paw forward and away you go! That is if you've even got a paw. Um. I don't know.
I'd rather be furry and use my imagination And die a happy death instead of bitter stagnation. I'd rather express than repress and then get depressed And then get stressed about my situation.
Well I've laid it on you birdy style, the good and the bad, The fun and the games and the problems we've had.
So sayonara people, now you know what we're about. This is Kurrel on the microphone, over and out!
- Kurrel The Raven - The Furry Album, completo su YouTube.