Sunday 30 March 2014

The Sound of Lyrics: EWE, YEW, YOU

Parody-Lyrics, a homophone song
Original Song: "Do-Re-Mi", Rodgers and Hammerstein 1959, performed by Julie Andrews and the cast of "The Sound of Music".
Parody Composed: Giorgio Coniglio, March 2014.

For the original song: "The lyrics teach the solfège syllables by linking them with English homophones." Wikipedia.

You can view these lyrics and commentary (without images or chords)  displayed on a parody-lyrics website at Post"The Homophone Song" 

Solfège system of naming musical notes, shown here for key of C


Ewe - a sheep, a female sheep
Yew - a hedge that's evergreen
You - a name to call yourself
U - a turn to leave the scene
C           C7                   F
Hugh - an entertaining guy
D7                                       G
Hew - a job that's carving wood
E7                                  Am
Hue - a tint to catch the eye
               F              G7         C  
And that brings me back to 'Ewe'.

"Doe - a deer, a female....."
F                           Dm                G7     C       
   Ewe, yew, you, U, Hugh, hew, hue, ewe

Doe - a mom on whom stags dote,
Ram- a husband for the ewe,
Meal - game-hunters eat them all,
Faon *(French)  - gendered male, that's true,
C           C7                        F
Sow - a female pig that's tame,
D7                                            G
Laugh  - this story's 'cock-and-bull',
E7                                        Am  
Teat - cow's udder, all the same,
                  F   G7           C
Ode - odd anagram for 'Doe'.

F                         Dm                         G7     C     C!
   Do, Ram, Meal, Faon, Sow, Laugh, Teat, Ode

Dough - it's paste I knead for bread
Ré - Italian word for 'king'
Mea culpa  - Latin guilt
Fa't - it's so embarrassing 
C           C7                      F
So - an adverb meaning 'much'
D7                     G
LA - Louisiana mail
E7                                   Am
Tee - a shirt for golf and such
                         F             G7          C  
Dough - there's what I'll need for bail.

F                  Dm            G7  C    C!
  Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do ! 

le faon (pronounced with 'o' silent to rhyme with dansbanctemps or sang) refers to the standard young deer, either male or female, but like most French animal-words is invariant for gender, a use which seems illogical to English-speakers. The related word faune (pronounced more like  cell-phone) in the male (le) form refers to a mythical fawn, and in the female (la) form is equivalent to our word fauna......... or maybe I'm confused by this.

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