Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Lament Regarding Alzheimer's Disease: "WHERE HAS NEUROSYPHYLIS GONE?"

POST #52
PARODY-LYRICS
Pete Seeger, "America's tuning fork"
ORIGINAL SONG: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" Pete Seeger 1960, additional lyrics by Joe Hickerson, also recorded by Kingston Trio in 1962, and later by Peter, Paul and Mary, Marlene Dietrich, etc. Check out the YouTube videos by Seeger here, and by the Kingston Trio here.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, June, 2014, performed at the CUJ (Corktown Ukulele Jam) Theme-Night, with photo here.


WHERE HAS NEUROSYPHILIS GONE?


(to the tune of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone")

Where is early Alzheimer’s?
Home-care agencies.
Mod’rate cases, few years passed
Fill long-term nursing homes
Weren’t some medications tried?
Functions slid and patients died;
Care system’s overburdened - 
When will we ever  learn?

Where has neurosyphilis gone,
Headstones fading?
Textbooks say it filled asylums
Long time ago.
Where Trep. pallidum would lurk,
Course of Penicillin works,
One thing we clearly learned,
One thing we clearly learned.

Where is all the Wernicke’s
encephalopathy?
Confabulating, filling wards
I saw it long ago.
Malnourished boozers off the road
Saved by whopping thiamine load
Another thing we’ve learned, 
A useful thing we’ve learned.

Hypothyroid mania?
 - Hormone treatment
Tots doomed by leukodystrophy?
 - Lorenzo’s oil
Polio? Almost gone, my son
- Vaccinated everyone.
Perhaps, few things we’ve learned,
I guess few things we’ve learned.

Where’s dementia research gone?
Some fills graveyards
Prod choline receptors? – seems not
Helpful in long term. 
Inhibit amyloid?
Doesn’t fill the treatment void.
Where’s that key thing to learn? 
Where’s that key thing to learn?
  
Where've Alzheimer's patients gone ?
Home-care agencies.
Mod’rate cases, few years passed
Fill long-term nursing homes.
Weren’t “preventive measures” done?
Gone to graveyards every one;
Care-system's overburdened - 
I hope someday we’ll learn.






HOTLINKS TO OTHER MEDICAL-THEMED SONG-POSTINGS
Where Has Neurosyphylis Gone? (see below)
...AND A FEW LIMERICK-BASED SONGS
Singable Limerick-Medley #17: Nuclear Cardiology
Singable Limerick-Medley #20: Medical Imaging


UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT

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



Asus4 = 2200;  F#m7 = 2424;  Bm7 = 2222;  E6 = 4444;  E7 = 4445;  F#m = 2120;  Bb=3211;  Bbsus = 3311;  Gm7 = 0112;  Cm7 = 3333;  F6 = 5555;  F7 = 5556 
































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