Title: Chief O'Brien, Chief O'Brien

Universe: Star Trek: the Next Generation

Genre: filksong

Tune: Where Have You Been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy (Mother Goose)

Standard Fanfic Disclaimer that wouldn't last ten seconds in a court of law: these aren't my characters, I'm just borrowing them and will return them (relatively) undamaged (or at least suitably bandaged). Actually, I don't need that this time, because filksongs are protected under parody laws. The characters are from Star Trek: the Next Generation and later appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I'm sure this was previously published, but I can't remember if it was in Xenofilkia, Mutations, Syzygy, or elsewhere. Sorry, in nearly 30 years of writing fanfic and filksongs, I can't remember where everything was published. I tried to post this one from memory a while back, and didn't get the words quite right. (That's now chapter two.) Having recently found the original version, I now post it on-line in its entirety.

Chief O'Brien, Chief O'Brien

by Susan M. M.

Where have you been, Chief O'Brien, Chief O'Brien?

Where have you been, Miles O'Brien?

I have been to see my wife.

She's the darling of my life,

But she's working and can't leave Hydroponics.

Can she grow a Vegan rose, Chief O'Brien, Chief O'Brien?

Can she grow a Vegan rose, Miles O'Brien?

She can grow a Vegan rose

Or any seed that grows,

But she's working and can't leave Hydroponics.

Can she make Irish stew, Chief O'Brien, Chief O'Brien?

Can she make Irish stew, Miles O'Brien?

No, she can't Irish stew,

But she'll fry up rice for two.

She's working and can't leave Hydroponics.

What is her name, Chief O'Brien, Chief O'Brien?

What is her name, Miles O'Brien?

Keiko Ishikawa O'Brien

And I'm proud to say she's mine,

But she's working and can't leave Hydroponics.