Alternative Titles & Lyrics inspired by Go and songs that already work as Go songs

The Go Star

Adapted from ‘The Gambler’ by Kenny Rogers

(Chorus only):
You’ve got to know your joseki
Know when to tenuki
Know when to settle a group
And know when to run
You always count your territory
When you’re sittin’ at the goban
There’ll by time enough for breakdown
When the yose’s done

Complete Adaption (Click Here)

On a warm summer’s eve
In a Go-club bound for closure
I met up with the Go star
We were both too tired to sleep
So we took turns a-starin’
At fuseki in the darkness
The myriad overtook us,
And he began to speak

He said, “Son, I’ve made a life
Out of readin’ people’s faces
Knowin’ what the aji was
By the way they held their eyes
So if you don’t mind me sayin’
I can see you’re out of sente
For a taste of your sake
I’ll give you some advice”

So I handed him my bottle
And he drank down my last swallow
Then he bummed a cigarette
And asked me for a light
And the night got deathly quiet
And his face lost all expression
He said, “If you’re gonna play Go, boy
You gotta learn to play it right”

(Chorus)
You’ve got to know your joseki
Know when to tenuki
Know when to settle a group
And know when to run
You always count your territory
When you’re sittin’ at the goban
There’ll by time enough for breakdown
When the yose’s done

Every Go player knows
That the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to sacrifice
And knowin’ what to keep
'Cause every hand’s a winner
And every hand’s a loser
And the best that you can hope for is to die
games complete

And when he finished speakin’
He turned back t’ward the window
Crushed out his cigarette
And faded off to sleep
And somewhere in the darkness
The Go star he broke even
But in his final words
I found a tesuji I could keep

(Chorus)
You’ve got to know your joseki
Know when to tenuki
Know when to settle a group
And know when to run
You always count your territory
When you’re sittin’ at the goban
There’ll by time enough for breakdown
When the yose’s done

+ a couple of extra choruses (One with backing singers. Any volunteers?)

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:open_mouth: :open_mouth:

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The original Song for those who don’t know it, to make it easier to sing along:

Karaoke version:

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Here’s another one though I’m not going beyond the title this time. Any lyricists out there, please feel free. :slight_smile:

‘It’s My Moyo and I’ll Cry if I Want To…’

Original Song and my version inspired by this game.

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Here’s another one. Title and chorus this time:

“Koing me, Koing you”

(Chorus)
Koing me, koing you (a-ha)
There is nothing we can do
Koing me, koing you (a-ha)
We just have to face it
This time we’re through
Super-ko is never easy, I know
But I have to Go
Koing me, koing you
Rematch is the best we can do.

Original Song

My version inspired by @Gia 's comment here

ps. You know you are a Go addict when… you hear my version whenever you hear this song.

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Hahaha!!

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Baby, don’t forget to cut me, don’t forget to cut me…

Haven’t heard the song in years, but today it came out of nowhere back into my brain while playing. ^ ^

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Under Pressure

It’s the terror of knowing
what this game is about,
watching some groups die,
screaming “Let me out!”
Pray tomorrow gets me higher…
Pressure on weak groups,
stones on the board…

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Somehow, I never stumbled upon this thread! :open_mouth:
My brothers, I will endeavour to expand this collection!

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We are eagerly awaiting your contribution and I won’t let you off the hook. :wink: It would be very bad form for a pillar of the community such as yourself to not make good on your pledge.

Meanwhile I am working on a sea-shanty and we have this from wind_water:

ps: There are extra-super-duper kudos points for the first person to post audio of their work in this thread. It won’t be me. Geneva convention etc.

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Thank you :slight_smile: this is close to my heart, life is just a bit hectic right now, but I shall continue to endeavour :slight_smile:

even more work image

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Get ready for this…

Original Song - ‘We are the Champions’

Go lyrics - Click here

We Are the Champions of Go by Queen (kind of )

I’ve paid my dues
Lost every game
I’ve done my sentence
This game is insane
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of nakade
Kicked in my face
But I’ve come through
And we mean to go on and on and on and on
We are the champions … of Go
And we’ll keep on fighting every moyo
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for robots
'Cause we are the champions … of masochismo
I’ve taken my bows
And my curtain calls
You brought me fame and fortune
And even an occasional win
I thank you all
But it’s been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before
The human race
And I ain’t gonna lose
And we mean to go on and on and on and on
We are the champions … of Go
And we’ll keep on fighting every moyo
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for robots
'Cause we are the champions of masochismo
We are the champions … of Go
And we’ll keep on fighting every moyo
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for robots
'Cause we are the champions of masochismo

Cookie

This seems like a very relevant Babylon 5 quote:

'And the humans had art and trinkets and eccentricity to spare . But it was none of those traits that would cause so much death and pain. They have an expression, “Pride goeth before a fall”.

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I’ve found a great song to try, but having trouble coming up with alternative lyrics…

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Original Song

Imagine (Tribute to John Lennon) - Entry for 2017 AGA Bob High Song Contest

Imagine there’s no dragon
It’s easy if you try
No ko between us
Already have two eyes
Imagine all the weak groups living in sente

Imagine there’s more liberties
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
No broken ladders too
Imagine all the weak groups finding tesuji, you

You may say I’m a 10 kyu
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the games will all be won

Imagine no joseki’s
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or slow moves
We will reach shodan
Imagine all the weak groups thriving on the board, you

You may say I’m a 10 kyu
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the games will all be won

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(Instrumental)
Kosumi!

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I feel like

tenuki

is pretty close to

tequila

:slight_smile:

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that’s way better…

-commits seppuku

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I never knew a guy who carries a stone in his pocket
And a magnetic go board - just in case
You think you’re a genius
You drive me up the wall
You’re a regular original know-it-all

Oh-oo-oh, you think you’re special
Oh-oo-oh, you think you’re something else
Okay, so you’re Shin Jinseo

That don’t impress me much
So you got tesuji, but have you got the touch
Now don’t get me wrong, I think you’re alright
But that won’t keep me warm in the middle of the night
That don’t impress me much

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Posting this one on behalf of my friend, Hikaru. I’m not posting the original this time because you either know it well, or not…

In sleep he pesters me, in dreams he came
That voice which calls to me and shrieks my name
And do I dream again? For now I find
‘The Phantom of the Goban’ is there inside my mind
Play once again with me our strange duet
My power over you grows stronger yet
And though you turn from me to glance at AI
‘The Phantom of the Goban’ is there inside your mind
Those who have seen your moves draw back in fear
I am the mask you wear, it’s me they cheer
Your spirit and my hand in one combined
‘The Phantom of the Goban’ is there inside my mind
‘The Phantom of the Goban’

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Just noticed this thread, I might take part once I finish a mahjong parody of PONPONPON I’ve been working on :stuck_out_tongue:

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