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fYreflies

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Chase McKee & Kate Reid
07/31/2014
Kate Reid & Chase McKee

Story

“fYreflies” was written in collaboration with a young, vibrant friend of Kate's named Chase McKee in the summer of 2014. Kate met Chase (previously known as Tay) at Camp fYrefly (http://www.fyrefly.ualberta.ca) back in the summer of 2012 when she was the artist-in-residence at the camp in Edmonton. Then, last July, Chase and Kate both attended Camp fYrefly in Calgary, he as a camper, and Kate as the AIR again. Chase asked Kate if she would consider writing a song with him during their time at camp. She heartily agreed and they wrote "fYreflies" to capture what Camp fYrefly meant to both of them. They had a great time working together: their creative energy flowed easily, and they laughed a lot. Chase is very talented when it comes to rhythm, timing and word-play, and Kate thoroughly enjoyed spending time co-writing with him. 

On the last night of camp, they performed “fYreflies” for all of the campers, staff and volunteers at the Showcase Night. It was a hit and they had a blast performing it for the camp. The co-founder/co-director of the camp loved the song so much that after camp was over, he provided funds for Chase to fly to Vancouver so that they could record “fYreflies” in the studio. With Kate's producer, Adam Popowitz, she organized the studio time and her band (Adam on electric guitar, Toby Peter on bass, Richard Brown on drums) to come together to record the song. Kate plays  the acoustic guitar, and Chase and Kate sing the vocals. 

To find out more about Kate's collaborative songwriting service, go to the dashboard of this website and click on Our Lives in Song.

 

Lyrics

When I first arrived, I was scared and I was shy
I didn’t know if I was going to be able to look anyone in the eye
I was terrified. 
Now, I’m standing here in front of all of you 
Trying to lay down a rhyme, or two
And I think it’s about time I told all of you… 
About Camp fYrefly
F to the Y to the R - E - F - L - Y 
What does that spell? 
FYREFLY! 

I was thrown into my pod and right then and there I saw
All these friendly faces looking back at me
Tattoos, smiles, fabulous style
Piercings, crazy hair and whoa, there’s glitter like, everywhere!
And it dawned on me that it’s so rare to see
So many queer bodies in one place
And in that moment I thought, hey
For the first time in my life, I can finally be myself
In this positive fYrefly space

Chorus
fYreflies, glowing in the night
fYreflies, lighting up our lives
fYreflies, we are so fine
fYreflies, this is our time to shine

Being here is like being back in kindergarten
Cuz I don’t gotta to worry about who’s my friend or who’s my enemy
Cuz I have just been accepted into
My new found family
You see, here at fYrefly, there is no prejudice, there’s only pride
And I’m never forced to pick any side
I don’t gotta worry about which bathroom to use
Because it doesn’t matter if I’m a chick or a dude
Or anything in between, cuz those binaries are just plain mean
This is my time, I can just be me
And you can just be you

Chorus
fYreflies, glowing in the night

fYreflies, lighting up our lives
fYreflies, we are so fine
fYreflies, this is our time to shine

At fYrefly, I can be proud and I can be bold
I don’t gotta look over my shoulder
And worry about who’s judging me or who’s staring
Because it’s here where I know people truly care.
You know I love to see all of you smile
Because in this world we live in
Sometimes that can take a while
This camp changes the world, this camp saves lives
In fact, this camp saved mine.
Because the people here made me realize that
There’s a reason to be alive
At fYrefly, when I look into all of your eyes,
I feel recognized, I feel empowered and acknowledged
Like we are all unstoppable, like anything is possible!

Chorus
fYreflies, glowing in the night
fYreflies, lighting up our lives
fYreflies, we are so fine
fYreflies, this is our time to shine

Laughing, Latin dancing, river rafting, arts and crafting
We’ve got hikes and dykes and open mics
Sex ed and that killer food we’re fed
S'mores and spider dogs and campfire logs
Singing our hearts out and whispering after “lights out”
We’re movement makers, stereotype breakers
Chance takers, perception shakers and yeah….we’re heart breakers!
We are gender creative, trans celebrative
We’ve got our healthy minds team bringing us queer cheer
And to all the volunteers, I’m so glad that you are all here
We’ve got unicorns that are gay
And what can I say?
(Chase and Kate) We’ve got Kate and Tay

Chorus
fYreflies, glowing in the night
fYreflies, lighting up our lives
fYreflies, we are so fine
fYreflies, this is our time to shine

Even though our days together at fYrefly will come to a close
I want you to know that that the bonds
We have created here will continue on, and on, and on
And no matter where we find ourselves
I know that when I yell “fyre”, you’ll yell  “fly”
“fYre?” “fly!” “fYre?” “fly!”, “fYre?” “fly!”
And now it’s time for us to go back into the world
But when life feels like a roller coaster or one of those tilt-a-whirl rides
Or if ever you’re feeling hurt or alone
Just remember this, you only have 361 days
Until you get to come back home.

Chorus
fYreflies, glowing in the night
fYreflies, lighting up our lives
fYreflies, we are so fine
fYreflies, this is our time to shine