Wednesday 19 May 2021


PARODY-LYRICS, based on classical poetry (limericks)a continuation of earlier posts.
ORIGINAL SONG: "Simple Twist of Fate" Bob Dylan 1975; covers by Diana Krall and Sean Costello are recommended.
ORIGINAL POETRY: For this post the underlying poetic works were taken from a variety of authors, with lyrics 'enhanced by Bob Dylan'.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, July 2016. 
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CONTENTS: (see earlier posts for verses 1-7) 
8. "There was a young lady of station" - Lewis Carroll 
9. "A wonderful bird is the pelican" - Dixon Merritt 
10. "There was a young lady named Bright" - Reginald Buller
11. "There was an old man of Peru" - Edward Lear 
12. "There was a young fellow of Wheeling" - traditional 
13. "Hickory dickory dock" - traditional
14. "People say it makes them sick" - Giorgio Coniglio


(to the tune of "Simple Twist of Fate": Lyrics by Bob Dylan, modified from the classic versions)

8. “I love Man” – sole exclamation 
Of a young lass high in station 
(“Isle of Man” her explanation); 
“You flatter”, men believed,  
And yes, they were deceived. 
“No matter” if she flirts,
As she asserts in this Lewis Carroll verse.  

9. A wondrous bird – the pelican
His bill holds more than his belican 
I’m damned if I see how the helican 
Take all that in his beak -  
Food enough for a week;  
I guess the bird rehearses   
Weekly for this simple twist of verse. 

10. A lady traveller named Miss Bright 
Exceeded ‘c’, the speed of light, 
Returned from trips the previous night  
That she’d started the next day 
In a relative way.  
That’s Einstein’s universe  
Reflected in a simple twist of verse.

11. There was an old man of Peru;
One day his young wife made a stew. 
Folks thought she knew just what to do, 
Cause from their house she ran.  
He was found in their stewing pan;  
Which triggered some alerts 
For older guys in this simple twist of verse. 

12. A sensitive young guy from Wheeling
Found the coach-door sign revealing. 
So he jumped, spat on the ceiling; 
Rather than the floor,  
As instructions did implore:  
Train signage known for terseness   
Spoofed in this twisted lim’rick verse.

13. Hick’ry dick’ry dick’ry dock
A timid mouse ran up the clock. 
The time had come for taking stock; 
So when the clock struck ten,  
He ran down the clock again,  
For better or for worse;   
As Dylan sang in this twisted nursery verse. 

14. 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; 

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


see Post #127

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