Alternative Titles & Lyrics inspired by Go

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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