Thursday 28 July 2016


Post #129
PARODY-LYRICS, based on classical poetry (limericks)a continuation of Post #127.
ORIGINAL SONG: "Simple Twist of Fate" Bob Dylan 1975; covers by Diana Krall and Sean Costello are recommended.
ORIGINAL POETRY: For this post the classic poetic 5-line verses are taken primarily from the extensive work of Ogden Nash.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, July 2016.

CONTENTS: (For verses 1-3, see blogpost #127)
4. "There was an old miser named Clarence" - Ogden Nash
5. "There was a brave girl of Connecticut" - Ogden Nash 
6. "There was a young belle of Old Natchez" - Ogden Nash
7. " A flea and a fly in a flue" - author unknown, attributed to O.N.
8. Chorus: "People say it makes them sick" - Giorgio Coniglio


(to the tune of "A Simple Twist of Fate", lyrics of original verses modified by Bob Dylan) 

4. A mean miser name of Clarence -
Simonized both of his parents 
Found initial cost of care  
Immense, but still declared, 
He’d save on wear- and tearance  
Humor which emerges  
Clearly from O. Nash’s limerick verse.

5. A brave girl of Connecticut
Flagged the train with her petticut 
Some folks deplored her lack of 
Eticutte, some more inclined 
To laud her presence of mind -  
Debate in which immersed 
Her critics in this controversial verse. 

6. A young southern belle of Natchez’
Garments always were in patches. 
She divulged she itched, but scratches  
If the need arose; 
Played havoc with her clothes,  
Which stitching could reverse,  
Apart from this simple twist of verse.

7. A flea and fly within a flue
Felt flustered, they were in a stew; 
Didn’t know just what to do 
And finally they saw -  
The flue had a flagrant flaw 
To flee or fly – no worse, than 
To fuss with a simple twist of verse.

8.  People say it makes them sick
To hear too many limericks; 
I fear it has become my shtick 
But now I’ve lost the knack, 
With no good jokes to crack –  
A tendency perverse; 
Stick the blame on a simple twist of verse. 

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This song continues at post #149 - "Bob Dylan Sings Even More Classic Limericks".

see Post #127

Thursday 7 July 2016

Singable Limerick-Medley: "In the Shadow of THE SANKATY HEAD LIGHT"

POST #128
SINGABLE LIMERICKS inspired by the classic Nantucket limerick (see below)  
Sankaty Head Light
Nantucket, Massachusetts
photo: denimadept
ORIGINAL SONG: These verses can be sung to "The Limerick Song", as in "The Flea and the Fly". See sactoGranny's recording on YouTube here.
ORIGINAL LIMERICK VERSE: The iconic first verse first appeared in the Princeton Tiger in 1902. Subsequently, further verses have appeared extending the story of the old man's bucket of cash.
PARODY COMPOSED: The limerick verses by Giorgio Coniglio have been web-published as indicated at the OEDILF website (the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form).
Musical collage by Giorgio Coniglio, October 2016.
1. Classic Clean Nantucket Limerick
2. Cape Cod Codger
3. Dale, the Bay Stater
4. Old Flynn
5. Parent of Wild Child
6. Chuck, the Canuck
7. Poet from Nanaimo
8. Older Man from Nanking
9. The Moeurs of Nantucket

The Sankaty Head Light is a symbol of the island of Nantucket, MA. As the classic limerick verses provide inspiration to limericists, OEDILF uses the logo shown here. This major work-in-progress meticulously edits the original contributions of hundreds of authors, and now covers the alphabet from A to Ge, with over 96,000 limericks dedicated to word definition and entertainment. Completion of the dictionary is estimated to require at least 3 more decades. Learn more about this unusual limerick-dictionary at Wikipedia. 

KEYWORDS: wordplay, poetry, traditional



(to the tune of "The Limerick Song" . Display of the lyrics has been condensed to 4 lines for each verse, with internal rhyming in line 3, rather than the more customary 5-line limerick format.)

1. There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
But his daughter, named Nan, /  ran away with a man,
And as for the bucket, Nan-tucket.

2. An old codger who lived on Cape Cod
Tended assets in fashion quite odd.
He could spend as he'd wish / (often smelling of fish)
From his cache in his bucket of scrod.

3. Dale, a Bay Stater out by the water,
Hid his lottery-prize from his daughter.
Later cops spotted Gail / rowing off with his pail.
She's in jail with no bail, now they've caught'er.

4. Martha's Vineyard's home isle for Old Flynn,
Who felt guilt that he'd loaned out his PIN.
Card's account drained, wild Nell / at that Vegas hotel,
Used his cash for her dash into Sin. 

5. Asked an entrepreneur from 'the Sault',
"I've a wild child, so what can I do?"
He invented the 'Tucket, / an encrypted e-bucket.
Get online and he'll sell one to you.

6. Old Chuck was a feisty Canuck
Who treasured his mask, stick and puck,
Til his daughter's vile crime -- / stole Dad's team's on-ice time.
Lost in ruckus: Chuck's puck -- such bad luck.

7. When a poet grew pot quite sublime
For compassionate use in Nanaim-
-o, son Sasha, a nurse, / stole his cash stash and verse.
Note to self: Rhyme 'Nantucket' next time.

8. A rich older man from Nanking
Took  tender young thing on a fling.
He behaved rather nice / and proposed once or twice,
Then she dumped him, and hocked all his bling.

9. Your discourse on the moeurs of Nantucket
Yields tut-tuts and a curse; you can't buck it.
In the mind of a prude / most terse verses are crude --
So concluding, suggest that they chuck it.

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