The Ballad of Wilson Cole

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Sci Fi SongsMike Resnick’s Starship series is about to wrap up with the final volume Starship: Flagship. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again:

Mike Resnick knows how to make compelling characters and emotionally resonant scenes, the Starship series is really terrific!

I’m not the only one who thinks this. Witness musician John Anealio’s testimony:

The Ballad of Wilson Cole, |MP3| a song about the series and it’s lead hero Wilson Cole…

Sez Anealio:

Here’s an acoustic version of my song: “The Ballad of Wilson Cole“. The song was inspired by Mike Resnick’s “Starship” series of books. The sheet music and lyrics for “The Ballad of Wilson Cole” appear in the appendix of Resnick’s “Starship:Flagship“. The song features five verses; one for each book in the series. Click here to read more about it.

The Ballad of Wilson Cole
by John Anealio

Verse 1
In the time of the Galactic Era
In the year of 1966
Commander Cole had to wrestle control
from the Polonoi running the ship
and despite his four medals of courage
they court marshaled him anyway
the men of his crew came to his rescue
and embarked on their own deep in space

Yes they say Wilson Cole was a hero
and the captain of the Teddy R.
He kept up the fight and he did what was right
as he led his fleet through the stars

Verse 2
Then it came to 1967
after the ship’s mutiny
they made a deal with David Copperfield
and they allied with the Valkyrie
And he didn’t make much of a pirate
Wilson was an honest man
he went and retrieved a Tale of Two Cities
and decided that he’d change his plan


Verse 3
Then they became mercenaries
the year was 1968
Their destination was Singapore Station
so they met at the Platinum Duke’s Place
Then they met the Teroni Jacovic
who became the ship’s Third Officer
Cole marshaled One Thousand Ships against a lunatic
Csonti retreated then went berserk


Verse 4
The Navy murdered First Officer Forrice
at a brothel on Braccio II
Cole went and avenged the death of his best friend
killing the Endless Night and its crew
Then the Navy laid waste to the planet
and Wilson searched for volunteers
He gathered a fleet that would never retreat
as it defended the Inner Frontier


Verse 5
And then in 1970
Cole infiltrated Deluros VIII
He aimed his gun at the Admiral just as the sky filled
with enemies set to invade
Wilson Cole led the Theodore Roosevelt
and the ships of the Republican Fleet
The enemy was defeated and the Secretary ceded
Cole’s mission was finally complete


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