Saturday, 12 November 2016

Singable Limerick-Medley: SONG FOR THE MORNING AFTER (the U.S. Presidential Election)

Leaders Unified for the Transition
POST #137 


ORIGINAL SONG: These verses were originally conceived to be sung to  "The Limerick Song", as per YouTube here.

LIMERICK VERSE:  Original poetry was composed by Giorgio Coniglio, and compiled in November 2017. Many of the poems have been published at the OEDILF website (the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form) by Giorgio Coniglio, 2016-2017. The OEDILF identifying number (#) and the Author's Note accompanying each poem, where relevant, are shown following the first verse. 
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, November 2016.

1. Anagrams (D-O-N-A-L-D T-R-U-M-P)
2. Cleveland, 2016
3. Taking Liberties
4. Democracy


(to the tune of "The Limerick Song")

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

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

NOVEL MELODIES for Singing Limericks

POST #136
Song Medley with Adapted Limerick Verses

ORIGINAL SONGS: as per links.
LINKED LIMERICK MEDLEYS: Lyrics by Giorgio Coniglio set to the music of the indicated songs, mostly shown in previous blogposts.
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, March 2017. Note that updated hotlinks are given for subsequent posts using these new musical adaptations. 

A followup with more novel melodies has been composed for December 2018.


1. "WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW" (Carole King, 1960)
Tonight you're mine completely
You give your love so sweetly.
Tonight the light of love is in your eyes.
Will you still love me to-morrow?

Limerick Adaptation
(No changes from original lyrics needed)
There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who kept all his cash in a bucket,
Til his daughter named Nan / ran away with a man
And as for the bucket – Nan took it.

Hot Link to "Singable Limerick-Medley #26: "FROM COASTAL CAROLINA

2. "SUMMERTIME" (George Gershwin, 1935)
Summertime, and the living is easy;
Fish are jumping, and the cotton is high.
Oh, your Daddy’s rich, and your Ma is good-lookin’,
So hush, little baby, don’t you cry.

Limerick Adaptation
(Minor changes)
Summer guy, lived on the isle of Nantucket:
All his cash he stuffed in a bucket to hide,
Til his daughter Nan / ran away with a Mande
And as for the bucket, “She took it!”, he cried.

Hot Link to "Singable Limerick-Medley #27: AN ICELANDIC SUMMERTIME SAGA"   

3. "HOME ON THE RANGE" (U.S., ‘traditional’, 1872)
Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard / a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Limerick Adaptation (Minor changes)
A cowboy came west from Nantucket, invested
His cash in a saddle and bucket;
Sad, his daughter named Nan / rode away with a ranch-hand

And as for the saddle – Nan took it.

Hot Link to "Singable Limerick-Medley #21: "FIRST YEAR ON THE RANGE (reflections on President Trump's first year)".

4. "WAVES OF THE DANUBE"  ('traditional' Romanian waltz 1880, popularized as "The ANNIVERSARY SONG" by Al Jolson, 1946)
Oh, * * * how we danced * * *
On the night * * * we were wed * * *
We vowed * * * / our true love * * *
Though a word *** wasn’t said.

Limerick Adaptation (Minor changes)
The sad story of Stan from Nantucket,
Who stowed cash and stash in a bucket:
Hell, his partner named Jan / ran away with friend Anne.
And their plan? Well, Stan’s bucket – they took it.

Hot Link to "Singable Limerick-Medley #24: "AGING IN PLACE (SOMEWHERE)"

5. "SANTA LUCIA" (‘traditional’ Italian 1849, also adapted by Elvis Presley 1965)
Sul mare luccica, l’astro d’argento
Placida รจ l’onda, prospero il vento.
Venite all’agile; / Barchetta mia;
Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!

Limerick Adaptation (Moderate changes)
There was a foolish man, lived on Nantucket,
Kept cash in his little boat, hid in a bucket.
One day his daughter Nan / Sailed off with an older man,
'Barchetta mia', and bucket -  Nan took it.


Dark Plans (Russian Hacking)
Simple Twist of Verse
(Another) Simple Twist of Verse
(Yet another) Simple Twist of Verse
More Novel Melodies

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

Dm7 = 2213;  G7 = 0121;  E7 = 1202;  E7+5 = 1203;  As4 = 2200;  Cs4 = 0013.
DM = 2210;  As7 = 0200; A7  = 0100; Dm7 = 2213;  Gm= 0231;  D7s = 2233;  Gm7 = 0211;  Bb7 = 1211;  A7+5 = 0110;  Fdim7 = 1212.
Fm = 1013
C7s = 0011

Continue HERE for more novel melodies!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Singable Limerick-Medley: DELIGHTS OF THE GARDEN

laneway scene
beyond a Charleston garden
POST #135        
SINGABLE LIMERICKS 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 VERSES: Many of the verses have been published at the OEDILF website (the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form) by Giorgio Coniglio, 2016-2017. The OEDILF identifying number (#), the "defined word", and the Author's Note accompanying the poem, where relevant, are shown beneath the chord-chart slide.

WORDPLAY LINK: Green-thumbed readers as well as wannabees can now

1. The Charleston Garden (Loutrel Briggs)
2. Creeping Fig
3. Tractor-Seat Plant 
4. Japanese Yew
5. Gazebos
6. Indica Azaleas 

Hotlink to Wikipedia: "Azaleas"

Hotlink to Wikipedia: "Vidalia onions"

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Singable Limerick-Medley: THE SOUNDS OF GUNFIRE

sactoGranny, singing
 clean limericks
Post #134
PARODY-SONG with GUEST ARTISTS  (various authors contributing limerick verses)
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.
PARODY COMPOSED: Edited by Giorgio Coniglio, June 2016.KEYWORDS: wordplay, poetry, traditional.

Folks visiting Charleston are weepful
Contemplating our roof and our steeple
Nine brave souls blown away.
But just trust NRA,
vigil, Charleston SC
 June 2105
Who claim, "Guns don't, but people kill people".

(This verse was written in honour of the victims of the massacre at Mother Emmanuel Church in June 2015, and in tribute to the response of the City of Charleston, S.C)

ORLANDO CAUSATION  Dr Giorgio Coniglio dec
The press thought it incredibly lame - 
The retracted 'fact' spewed by McCain
(Not to mention the Trump
Whose tweets honor a dump-
-ster): That Obama's 'directly' to blame.

church-going hitman named Pluggitt
Taught young thugs this key Sten-gun nugget,
"After gun-swept pew: snug!
Wrap the corpse in a rug,
And be sure to pray after you've dug it."

TRUNCATED  Schort Schrift
A world where each person is armed
Is a world where no good guy is harmed
(Sounds of automatic gun-fire) ...........

A duck-hunting dad from Nantucket
Stashed his ammo in daughter Nan's bucket,
'Til bad-apple son Frank
American made - AR15.
Robbed the Pawtucket bank
And as for Nan's bucket, Frank tucket.

ANGER'S BYSTANDERS  Giorgio Coniglio
A bee and bat trapped in a bore
Could foresee what sad fate lay in store.
Said the bat, "Let it be!"
Said the bee, "No doubt that
We'll get zapped if they trigger a war!"

The grand drama of Chris' filibuster
Brought Democrat pols to the muster
But on-stage, GOP
In their entirety*
Turned in a performance lackluster. 
* an alternate version using the word 'hypocrisy' is possible, but not  recommended.

EDITOR'S NOTE  Giorgio Coniglio
On limerick verse, here's my slant:
Not for mannerly banter or rant
Stanzas stand to your credit;
Just be terse, aim and edit. 
You can't fire off-the-mark, then recant.

(also appearing in OEDILF #95326) 

When Harry went forth to meet Mimi
A gun filled his trousers' inseamy
But this concealed carry
Was so big for Harry
Said Mimi, "You're too glad to see me."

Big guns are akin to pit bulls
But it's guns has the trigger you pulls.
Folks can state, "By and large,
Careful owners in charge"
But their victims might call those folks, "Fools."

The chief of P.R. NRA,
the frontier of  belligerence
Called for openly arming all gays. 
As for bi's and transgenders,
The new weapons they'd tender
Were designed to discharge either way.

RETORT   Pooganagger
An old hunter and jester named "Rand"
Placed his shots with the best in the land,
Now he'll face this dillemer - 
He's developed a tremor
And his pacing has got out of hand.

1). We Canucks await a yuuge migration,
From our trigger-loose neighboring nation.
When the Trump rules that land
(NRA in command)
They’ll head North for a gun-free salvation.
2). GOP will create a new order;
Gun-control – they prefer to abort ‘er.
“Where’s Cape Breton?” “Up North”.
Yanks give thanks and go forth,
Weapons-stashes must stay at the border.
3). “Make America Great Again” – stating
Mandates Second Amendment updating. 
Gun sales mount; must you choose
To shoot whatever moves?
It’s a habit we find rather grating.

BUGS' EPITAPH    Trooper
Elmer Fudd, no dim-sighted fanatic,
Wasn't techno- or -logically static,
"I'll ewadicate wabbits
And their wascally habits
With my gun-show semI-automatic."