Aliens Ate My Babysitter

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Aliens Ate My Babysitter
Composer Bobby Prince
Arranger Bobby Prince
Programmer Jason Blochowiak
Released 1991-11-??
Length 0:49
Format IMF.png
Game Commander Keen VI: Aliens Ate My Babysitter! (DOS)
Title Origin Official
Loops Yes

Aliens Ate My Babysitter was composed using Sequencer Plus Gold and was written from the ground up for the Sound Blaster FM synthesizer. The song is played in the Fribbulus Xax over world map.

The official title was verified by Bobby Prince.

Bobby Prince offers some minor insight on Aliens Ate My Babysitter:

This song was written specifically for the Commander Keen "Aliens Ate My Babysitter" Episode. It was written for FM synthesizers, so I could design my own instruments especially for the sound I wanted this song to have. [The] general MIDI version is weaker than the original as the original had a really heavy buzzin' FM bass that cannot be duplicated with any of the 128 general MIDI instruments.

An upgraded MIDI version of this song was also composed by Bobby Prince.

Commander Keen 6 - DOS - Fribbulus Xax.png

Revisions

Source

Date

Length

Format

Listen

John Romero 1991-11-?? 1:09 IMF
Final Version 1991-11-?? 0:49 IMF

There is one earlier version of this particular track available and the final track, making a total of two different revisions.

The earlier revision was available in the collection of music that was supplied by John Romero. This one sounds almost the same as the finished track, but it is notably longer than the final version that ended up used in the game. It seems the part that starts after the first 49 seconds was just completely cut out from the final mix. This might have been due to space or memory reasons.

And the final version was naturally included when the final version of the game was released. Again, notice that the track has been cut short by about 20 seconds by removing the final part of the song.

Lyrics

Like Bobby Prince created lyrics for You've Got to Eat Your Vegetables!!, he also created lyrics for this song. They are below with some small notes.

Aliens ate my babysitter
Ate her right down to her toes
Worse, they still look hungry
And are starting now to bite off my nose.

My babysitter might have deserved it
Of that, a Judge I'll not be
But I am a different story
The Universe dies without me!

[During the break part of the song, Keen does some rap:]
My name is Keen
A fighting machine
Helmet on head (except when in bed)
A pogo for height
A ray gun for might

The Bacon 'n Bean's my flying machine
I never fear whenever I'm near some critter from space
Who's not in his place I'll leave them to feed on whatever they need
I'll fill them with lead after they're fed

My Mom and my Dad don't know I'm this BAD
But when my story's told
All kids will be bold.