Friday 19 April 2024

Uke-Song: "THE UNIQUENESS OF NUCLEAR", thanks again to Tom Lehrer

ORIGINAL SONG:  "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, October 2013. This parody-song represents a follow-up to an earlier Lehrer-inspired patter-song (April 2013), reposted here in February of this year. Click HERE to review "NO ELEMENTS".

PARODY-LYRICS LINK: The lyrics for this song constituted one of Giorgio's  earliest submissions to the online parody-lyrics website at And, should you prefer, they are also more readily available as displayed (without the chord-indications) on our blogsite "Daily Illustrated Nonsense"; click HERE.

PARODY SONG-LINK: Please note that T.L.'s genius has provided inspiration for a handful of other parody patter-songs; these are summarized at the bottom of this post. 


(to the tune of "The Elements")

(Click on any chord-chart slide to move to 'song-presentation mode'; then navigate through thumbnails at bottom of page.)

Lehrer had adapted the melody from "The Major General's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance". There are 3 somewhat different melodies/chord-sequences used in alteration through the GandS song, and in Lehrer's derived take-off.

My suggestion for the first 3 verses of the patter-list portion of this parody are shown here, but adapt them as you like! Incidentally, the Eb7 chord may look formidable to some - just use the barred version of D7 one fret higher, than slide back for the D7 that follows!

You crave more patter-songs in the style of Tom Lehrer???
T.L. inspired a significant platterful of songs related to our interest in grammatically paired words, including binomials and reduplications. And, you should have your foot in the door, having mastered the complexities of singing and playing our above offering "The Uniqueness of Nuclear" So, enjoy trying these as well !!!     
1a. "Alliterative Binomials, part#1"
3.  "A Lesson about Reduplications" (not a patter-song)
5.  "No Elements", 3rd declension Latin nouns
6.  "The Uniqueness of Nuclear", Latin adjectival listing, scheduled for April 2024.

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Off-Patent Drug#19
Prostate Cancer
Reflux Romp
The Uniqueness of Nuclear (see below)
The Valgus and the Carbuncle
Under My Own Steam part#1
Under My Own Steam part#2
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