Ballad of Serenity (Theme to Firefly)

This is an online fiddle lesson for the theme to Firefly, "Ballad of Serenity."

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Key of A

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The Firefly

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"TheBallad of Serenity" was written by Joss Whedon and performed by Sonny Rhodes. It is also known as the Theme to Firefly. Firefly was a short-lived series on the Fox television station. The song has been covered by a band called The Henry Kaiser Band and can be heard in the closing title music of Firefly's movie adaption, Serenity. The theme is also used as the chorus to folk band Escape Key in their Firefly tribute entitled Mal's Song.

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The Ballad of Serenity

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 to the black 
Tell them 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've found Serenity 
But you can't take the sky from me
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  • #40806

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    This is an online fiddle lesson for the theme to Firefly; “The Ballad of Serenity.” See the full lesson at: The Ballad of Serenity (Theme to Firefly).

    #43259
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
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    Interesting song, and some nice fiddlin’!  I would have preferred to hear you singing it, rather than the singer on the recording.  I think you would have sounded better.  But, hey!  I still enjoyed listening to it.   🙂

    I really dig that shirt, by the way!   🙂

    #43262
    rodger
    rodger
    Participant

    That’s John, just before he heads off to the mines.

    You got your pinky curled up in a scrunch John…ha, thought you’d get away with it didn’t you?

    #43348

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Haha the curse of the curled pinky. Thanks for noticing, Rodger. 🙂

    Great Scott, I was going to sing it, but I just got lazy. Plus I am planning a set of backup lesson videos where I just play along with other people’s recordings. It will save a lot of time if I don’t sing it myself!

    #43489
    Great Scott
    Great Scott
    Moderator

    AWWWWWwwww!    🙁

    #43503

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. It does match my vocal range. One of my peeves is that so many songs are performed by men that sound like women. Sonny Rhodes has a man’s voice.

    #43505
    fiddlewood
    fiddlewood
    Participant

    Wow, cool song. Might have to see if the trio is interested in that one…

    Are you playing on top of an existing fiddle part ar am I just hearing effects?

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    #43528

    John Cockman
    Keymaster

    I’m playing directly over the real version, so that is not an effect you hear. That is the sound of two fiddles in unison. So much easier to publish it that way!

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