Leaves on the Wind Lyrics

Volume 1: Still Flying

STILL FLYING

Inspired by Firefly episode 1: Serenity, wherein we meet the captain and crew of the best gorram ship in the 'verse.   

It started with the war you see 
The battle of Serenity 
We were mighty but we lost anyway 
Now we travel on the rim 
The core just ain't worth living in 
Salvaging a life day by day 

The crew of this here Firefly 
Are under Captain's watchful eye 
First mate Zoë keeps Wash flying true 
Jayne's just in it for the cash 
Inara brings a bit of class 
Kaylee's working in the engine room 

Still flying, still flying 
It ain't much but it's enough 
Still flying, still flying 
It ain't much, but it's enough 

We'll take whatever work we can 
A shepherd, doctor and lawman 
And a crazy girl with brains bout near to burst 
That's most our cargo, not quite all 
Got one quick drop off in Whitefall 
If Patience doesn't kill us first 

Criminals and savages 
Bullet holes and fugitives 
It was a good day 

Still flying, still flying 
It ain't much but it's enough 
Still flying, still flying 
It ain't much, but it's enough

 

RIGHT THING TO DO 

Inspired by Firefly episode 2: The Train Job, wherein the crew faces a moral dilemma. Is it possible to be both criminal and honorable at the same time? 

These times are tough 
Your reputation speaks for you 
Take a job and don't question much 
It's just what you gotta do 

It's just what you gotta do 
It's just what you gotta do 
You choose your side and you make your decision 
It's just what you gotta do 

Some say a man's got a choice 
I don't believe that's true 
You learn the details of a situation 
You know the right thing to do 

You know the right thing to do 
You know the right thing to do 
You choose your side and you make your decision 
You know the right thing to do 

Silently we pray 
For their souls, beating like a gorram train 
Kick these troubles to the wind 
And we'll take flight again 

You choose your side and you make your decision 
It's just the right thing to do 

It's just the right thing to do 
It's just the right thing to do 
You choose your side and you make your decision 

It's just the right thing to do

 

NOTHING 

Inspired by Firefly episode 3: Bushwhacked, wherein the crew faces their fear of Reavers and the vasty nothingness of space.. 

There’s ghosts in this place 
Can’t hear the voices out in space 
Stare out at the darkness for far too long 
No one escapes 

What’s out there 
Is what’s in here 
It’s nothing 

Just how far can you go 
Pushed to the edge out here alone 
No civilization left to witness 
Pick the bones 

What’s out there 
Is what’s in here 

Open it up and see what’s inside 
No mercy, no weakness and no place to hide 
Charity’s a bullet straight to the brainpan 
Impressive what nothing can do to a man 

It’s all just nothing 
Out here is nothing 
Nothing

 

STRONGER THAN STEEL 

Inspired by Firefly episode 4: Shindig, wherein we celebrate the beauty and strength of the women of Serenity.

Strawberry eyes 
Watching dancing butterflies 
Floating on air like a chandelier 
Keeps your ship up in the skies 

Look at the pretties all wrapped in lace 
Don’t be fooled by a beautiful face 
Underneath all the ruffles and silk 
She’s stronger, stronger than steel 

Can’t resist her 
Undefinable allure 
Needs no defense, despite your attempts 
She saves you with a word 

She’s tougher than you think 
With a little bit of slink 
She’ll get inside your head 
She’s no mere diversion 
She’s stronger than steel

 

BIG DAMN HERO 

Inspired by Firefly episode 5: Safe, wherein we see the immense sense of love and family between siblings Simon and River Tam.

You were a special little girl 
Big soul in a little world 
Dancing shoes and dinosaurs 
But they put you in a box 
Buried so deep that you forgot 
How to be just who you are 

I was lost, you came to find me 
Running through the world so blindly 
Thought by now that you would know 
You’re my big damn hero 

Your star was shining so bright 
But you knew something wasn’t right 
So you left it all behind 
Put your life up on a shelf 
Saving everyone but yourself 
Like a human sacrifice 

I was lost, you came to find me 
Running through the world so blindly 
Thought by now that you would know 
You’re my big damn hero 

Don’t know where we’re supposed to be 
But as long as you’re with me 
I know we’re home

 

Volume 2: No Power In The 'Verse Can Stop Me

GOODNIGHT KISS 

Inspired by Firefly episode 6: Our Mrs. Reynolds, wherein we see things from Saffron's point of view.

I placed a wreath of flowers on his head 
A bowl of wine and a dance and we’re wed 
The finest a bride and a wife shall be his 
Until my goodnight kiss 

He won’t see it coming, no they never do 
A word and a look and they swear they’ll be true 
For the promise of one night of marital bliss 
Until my goodnight kiss 

Kiss me goodnight 
But you better hold on to your heart 
If anyone shoots me I’ll shoot ‘em right back 
Cause we’re all just playing our part 

I'm nobody's doxy, I’ll cast my own net 
I’m not to be bought, bartered, borrowed nor lent 
I’ll show you the stars with just one good myth 
Until my goodnight kiss 

Kiss me goodnight 
But you better hold on to your heart 
If anyone shoots me I’ll shoot ‘em right back 
Cause we’re all just playing our part 

I can hotwire a ship, I can cook a fine meal 
I can shoot, fight, seduce and lie, cheat and steal 
But don’t play a player, she won’t fall for such tricks 
Won’t fall for my goodnight kiss 

Kiss me goodnight 
But you better hold on to your heart 
Well there may be a special hell waiting for me 
But we’re all just playing our part

 

THE TRUE STORY OF THE HERO OF CANTON 

Inspired by Firefly episode 7: Jaynestown. A new look at what really happened to "The Hero of Canton." Original lyrics and music written by Ben Edlund, new lyrics written by The Fallen Stars. 

Jayne! The man they call Jayne! 

He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor 
(I hope they don’t remember) 
Stood up to the man and he gave him what for 
(The last time I was here) 
Our love for him now ain't hard to explain 
(I just can’t explain) 
The hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne 


Now Jayne saw the mudders' backs breakin' 
(What kind of town puts up a statue) 
He saw the mudders' lament 
(For stealing from the magistrate?) 
And he saw the Magistrate takin' 
(This flies in the face of) 
every dollar and leavin' five cents 
(every kind of sense) 


He said "You can't do that to my people, 
(I’m just a working stiff like you) 
You can't crush them under your heel 
(Rut-ting Mud-ders) 
Jayne strapped on his hat and in five seconds flat 
(Don’t know a hero) 
stole everything Boss Higgins had to steal 
(From a man looking for his next meal) 


He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor 
(I hope they don’t remember) 
Stood up to the man and he gave him what for 
(The man I used to be) 
Our love for him now ain't hard to explain 
(I just can’t explain) 
The hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne 


Now here is what separates heroes 
(The anti aircraft had us humped) 
From common folk like you and I 
(We dumped the fuel, the gear, the seats) 
The man they call Jayne, well he turned 'round 
(Well I turned ‘round) 
That plane and let that money hit the sky 
(That plane and let my partner hit the sky) 


He dropped it onto our houses 
(He grabbed the cash on his way out) 
He dropped it onto our yards 
(Thirty feet down) 
The man they call Jayne, he stole away our pain 
(Goes old Stitch,and like a sumbitch) 
And headed out for the stars 
(I headed out for the stars) 


He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor 
(Someday I’ll earn that title) 
Stood up to the man and he gave him what for 
(Those mudders gave to me) 
Our love for him now ain't hard to explain 
(I’ll live up to that name) 
The hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne 
The hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne 


MIRACLE 

Inspired by Firefly episode 8: Out of Gas, wherein we see the how the crew of Serenity came together.

She’s a beauty, treat her right 
She’ll be with you for the rest of your life 
Fill her up with light and love 
She’s the freedom you’ve been dreaming of 

Listen well and best take care 
Or she’ll burn you, leave you gasping for air 
One broken part, it seems so small 
You’ll start to feel, then won’t feel nothing at all 

You don’t have to be alone 
Just need a miracle to call you home 

Looking back at who we were 
Visions of mustaches, Hawaiian shirts 
Dreams in lace and calico 
Cigars and poetry seem so long ago 

You don’t have to die alone 
Just need a miracle to call us home 

Don’t be afraid 
We won’t leave you to this fate 
We’ll still be here when you wake 
When you wake 

She’s a beauty, treat her right 
She’ll be with you for the rest of your life

 

OPEN THE DOOR 

Inspired by Firefly episode 9: Ariel, wherein Simon searches for clues to River's condition during a heist at an Alliance hospital. 

Open the door, walk right through 
Act like the place belongs to you 
Wear the right clothes, say the right lines 
You’ll be just fine 

Open the door, take what you need 
It ain’t a crime to steal from the greedy 
When there’s others need it more 
Open the door 

I want to see the light 
Don't want to be locked away inside this broken life 
Can't take it one day more 
Open the door 

Open the door, follow the plan 
Don’t go falling into blue hands 
Two by two, they come when you call 
And blood will fall 

Open the door, on with the chase 
Now you’re like rats trapped in a maze 
It’s a dead end, don’t make it yours 
Open the door 

I want to see the light 
Don't want to be locked away inside this broken life 
Can't take it one day more 
So open the door 

Make the nightmares go away 
Open the door 
Turn the darkness into day 
The truth is clear 
There's nothing left to fear 

Now I can see the light 
Don't need to be locked away inside this broken life 
Not one day more 
So open the door 


APPLES AND KNIVES 

Inspired by Firefly episode 10: War Stories, wherein Zoë tries to reconcile her life as a soldier with the demands of her marriage.

Who am I? 
A soldier in a fight? 
A good man’s wife? 
Apples and knives 

Walk in unarmed and make an offer. 
There’s a certain code of honor 
And I carry enough for two. 
Now you want me to choose. 
Like you’re another Shan Yu. 

Love, honor, obey, well which is it? 
It’s a suicide mission 
And we just might lose it all. 
But I won’t let you fall. 
Got our backs up against the wall. 

Who am I? 
I’m a soldier in a fight. 
I’m a good man’s wife. 
I’m apples and knives. 

No power in the ‘verse can stop me, 
I’m gonna get my man. 
Now you see who I really am. 

I’m apples and knives. 
I’m a soldier in a fight. 
And I’m a good man’s wife. 

 

Volume 3: Can't Take the Sky From Me

NAKED 

Inspired by Firefly episode 11: Trash, wherein the Captain and YoSaffBridge face off once again, forcing each to reveal a little more than planned.

He’s a criminal mastermind 
Just a low down petty thief 
Easiest mark I ever made 
Gullible beyond belief 

She’s a brilliant, beautiful 
Evil double-crossing snake 
Seen her with her clothes off 
But I never thought I’d see her... 

Naked, behind the lies 
Naked, nothing left to hide 

Thought I was a princess 
I’d stay locked up in a tower 
I’ll take everything he’s got 
With a bunch of flowers 

She’s always got a plan 
It’s gonna be the perfect crime 
But she won’t see us coming 
No, not this time 

Naked, behind the lies 
Naked, nothing left to hide 

The one line you told yourself you’d never cross 
Thought if I had everything, I wouldn’t want… 

Naked, behind the lies 
Naked, nothing left to hide 


CARRY ME 

Inspired by Firefly episode 12: The Message, wherein an old friend and fellow soldier turns to Mal and Zoë for help.

The man said that we are not alone 
Seems like I always got life so wrong 
Facing death makes you feel alive 
It’s just the real world I couldn’t survive 
So won’t you 

Carry me just a little bit further 
Carry me just a little bit more 

You know how the old saying goes 
When you can’t run you crawl 
If you can’t do that find someone to carry you 
Please take me home, my running’s through 
So won’t you 

Carry me just a little bit further 
Carry me just a little bit more 

I’m sorry this storm got so rough 
But you’ve carried that bullet long enough 
Now won't you 

Carry me just a little bit further 
Carry me just a little bit more 
Carry me just a little bit further 
Carry me just a little bit more 

 

HOME 

Inspired by Firefly episode 13: Heart of Gold, wherein the crew team up with a group of women to help them defend themselves and their home.

Ain’t open for business, ain’t nothing here that belongs to you 
Ain’t your baby, you think I ain’t strong enough to see this through 
Who’d have thought we’d end up way out here all on our own 
Call me “independent,” it’s who I am - it’s who I am 
And this is my home 

This is my home 
I know my place and it’s right here 
I’m not going anywhere 
I’ll show you what power is 
I am stronger than this 

He’s just a man, I won’t let any man take what’s mine 
Sleep while you can, we ain’t going down without a fight 
Battle is coming but we’re not facing it alone 
No, we ain’t running, we’ll make our stand - we’ll make our stand 
'Cause this is our home 

This is our home 
We know our place and it’s right here 
We’re not going anywhere 
We’ll show you what power is 
We are stronger than this 

Ain’t so afraid of losing something I can’t hold 
Life’s too damn short for if’s and maybe’s 
May grace save me 
And lead me home 

This is our home 
I know my place and it’s right here 

 

HERE I AM 

Inspired by Firefly episode 14: Objects in Space, wherein River battles both her own anxiety and doubts as well as bounty hunter Jubal Early in her struggle to find her place on Serenity.

I hear their thoughts like the wind through the trees 
See it in their faces, what they think of me 
Say I don’t understand 
What I hold in my hand 

Wish I could just melt, melt away 
I’ve got no reason, no reason to stay 
But here I am 
Here I am 

There’s a stranger wandering through my mind 
Seeking something I can’t let him find 
Brings the darkness here 
Feeding on my fear 

Wish I could just melt, melt away 
I’ve got no reason, no reason to stay 
But here I am 
Here I am 

What is my meaning? My function, my form? 
Am I a lion with a mighty roar? 
We are empty rooms 
Filled with the family we choose 

Wish I could just melt, melt away 
But I’ve got a reason, a reason to stay 
So here I am 
Here I am 


THE BALLAD OF SERENITY 

Written by Joss Whedon. 

Take my love, take my land 
Take me where I cannot stand 
I don't care cause I'm still free 
You can't take the sky from me 

Take me out, to the black 
Tell 'em I ain't coming back 
Burn the land and boil the sea 
You can't take the sky from me 

There's no place I can be 
Since I found serenity 
You can't take the sky from me

 

Leaves on the Wind Vol. 1: Still Flying

The Fallen Stars

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Five original songs inspired by the first five episodes of Firefly: 1. Still Flying (Ep. 1: Serenity) 2. Right Thing To Do (Ep. 2: The Train Job) 3. Nothing (Ep. 3: Bushwhacked) 4. Stronger than Steel (Ep. 4: Shindig) 5. Big Damn Hero (Ep. 5: Safe)

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