H. Beam Piper, who did you think that you were,
Money's push had come to shove
Merely mortal, your needs were unaffordable
How could you display your love?
Pappy Jack came into my dreaming one night.
Space Vikings were so distraught.
So many stories came from the 19th Century,
Hist'ry I was never taught.
I heard the news on the radio with
Someone who had not heard of you
I read your books from a reading list and
Found that your life did not leave with you
copyright ©1995 (11/22) by Gerald L. Bliss, except chorus, ©1988 by Don Henry. Usual disclaimer applies; beware of conflicting licensing issues.
Although the original song was about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this does not imply that I am equating H. Beam Piper with Dr. King. I just wanted to write a song for Mr. Piper, and this one fit.