Wednesday 21 April 2021


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. 
To return to the corresponding post on "Daily Illustrated Nonsense" (and to see the lyrics without the chord-chart indications) click HERE

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. 

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


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

see Post #127

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