Kay Hyatt, Simon Murphy and I wrote a secular Fat Queer Harvest Hymn that gives Harvest Festival-style thanks for fat queers of the past, present and future. I composed the tune on my recorder! Yes, once again, I am well aware that we are some of the most ridiculous freaks of the universe.
Anyway, here's a little video of the three of us giving it a whirl, I'm trying to look as pious as I can: Fat Queer Harvest Hymn. Let me know if you have trouble viewing it.
I'm hoping that we can teach it to people and that we can all sing it together at the Festival. Maybe you'd like to learn it and make your own recordings or videos of yourselves singing it? I could post them on the blog.
This is only the first version, it may develop, and I am open to suggestions. Just so you know.
Here are the words:
Fat Queer Harvest Hymn
by The 123s, London, July 2009
chorus: So thanks to all the fatty queers
The ones who've come before us
For trailblazing through the years
We sing our grateful chorus
Let's start our fat queer history
With The Fat Underground
The FaT GiRL zine defined the scene
And BJ won her crown
Community is strong today
With NOLOSE at the top
The Chubster Gang, Mike and Chopin,
Beth Ditto and The Bop
We don't know what the future holds
Some people think we're wrong
The tree we've planted will bear fruit
As long as we are strong
(chorus, with extra gusto)
I can't write music, but the hymn consists of the following notes on the recorder:
B B D B G A B
B B B D B B A
B B D B G A B
B B B A A A G
G G G C B C B A
D D D E D A
D D D E D C B A
A B G A F# G
Please get in touch if you can write music, and/or feel free to create your own arrangements of the hymn.