Monday, 31 December 2018

BLOG SUMMARY for 2018 (and part of 2019): Sequentially Silly Songs and Satire


Nothing that's remarkably new here, other than some order imposed on the chaos. But, it did take a lot of work to summarize what we had concocted for the previous calendar year.
 Having accomplished this task, we thought - "that's a good idea!", so a similar project has been completed and is available here for 2017 song-lyrics. And at some point down the road, we will complete similar summaries for our wordplay blog "EDIFYING NONSENSE".
In the meantime, with a touch of probing, you can find most of this information in the righthand thumbnails found on all the blogposts -- just click on the year and month to reveal the linked titles!

Technical Note: Each jpeg 'slide' embedded in the blog is protected and cannot be linked, so the hotlinks are listed under each slide. Click on those profitably, sing along and enjoy!   Giorgio.

HOTLINKS and keywords
Coastal Carolina  environment, travels, South Carolina, limerick medley 
Icelandic Saga   travels, geology, nonsense, personal 
Robbie Burns Day  multiculturalism, poetry, holidays
Online Etymology Help  wordplay, software/tech, limerick medley
Vancouver's Isle  travel, weather, Canada, personal
Pisa's Lean Trattoria  medical issues, food and diet, Italian culture 
Verse!   poetry, classic limericks
Dark Schemes  U.S. political satire, Russian culture, classic limericks
Broken Arrows  folk/protest song, nuclear weapons, South Carolina
Brennan's Tweet  U.S. political satire

HOTLINKS and keywords
Census of Blogposts by Topic cumulated for 2013 to 2019 (+/-)
Walrus and Carpenter (lowcountry version)  environment, fantasy, South Carolina
I Get a Kick Out Of Me (Cole Porter spoof)  guest contributor, swing era
Rosenstein  U.S. political satire 
Turandot  fantasy, golden oldies, opera
My Blue Sit-on  boating, personal 
Indiana Song  (Mike Pence 'tribute' by columnist G.Will)  U.S. political satire
Ballad of Giuliani #1  U.S. political satire
Ballad of Giuliani #2 ( columnist M. Boot)  U.S. political satire 

HOTLINKS and keywords
Something to Groan About  Canada, holidays, folk/protest, nuclear weapons
You Claim It's Your Land  folk/protest, U.S., holidays, wordplay
Helsinki Summit Update  U.S. political satire, limerick medley, fantasy
Gun-Toting Phyllis  folk/protest, mental illness, limerick medley
Leigh Mercer's Palindrome Workshop  fantasy, wordplay, limerick medley
Constantinopolis  history, fantasy, travels, classic languages
Funniversary Song  retirement, relationships, domestic issues, South Carolina

HOTLINKS and keywords
Clothing Moth Hat Dance  fantasy, plants and animals, domestic issues
Hallowe'en 2018  black humor,  limerick medley
Turkey Leftovers  history, holidays, plants and animals, media
More Novel Melodies  musical manipulation, classic limericks
Lost Country  boating, Canada, romance
Relic Submarines  history, folk/protest, nuclear weapons, South Carolina 

HOTLINKS and keywords
January for Scots  multiculturalism, mathematics, poetry
Jake                musical talent, tribute, ukulele
Get Me Roger Stone  U.S. political satire
Vlad Putin's Blogger  U.S. political satire
Kooky Presidential Views  U.S. political satire
Jailhouse, Now  U.S. political satire  
Cali(-fornia)  travels, domestic issues


alcohol and drugs
black (macabre) humour
classic languages
classic limericks
classical composers
domestic issues
food and diet
golden oldies
guest contributor
health/medical issues
Italian culture
Jewish culture
limerick medley
musical talent
nuclear weapons
plants and animals
Russian culture
South Carolina
swing era
word structure

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Canadian Canoeing Nostalgia: "LOST COUNTRY"

Post #190                                                                                               
Young canoeist in the bow,
Sunset on Bass Lake, Ontario
ORIGINAL SONG: "Lost River" by Michael Martin Murphey, most famously performed in conjunction with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band here.
Key lyrics from the original, retained in the parody version, include lines in the chorus about a "Quebec girl" and "fleur de lis". Murphey is in fact married to a Québécoise, and, as the song's protagonist presumably wishes to take her on a trip of rediscovery to the nostalgia-generating "lost river" of his youth. For those interested, the original song is shown in ukulele-friendly form at the bottom of the post.

SONG-LYRIC UNDERPINNINGS: Post #10, December 2013, on this blog, entitled "Canoeing Lesson (Canoe, Canoe, Canoe, Canoe, Canoe)",  based on the original song  "I Do, etc." by ABBA, 1975. This earlier concoction also builds on the relevance of Berton's concept.
WORDPLAY LINK:  Post #136 from September 2018 on our wordplay blog "EDIFYING NONSENSE" has 7 limerick verses devoted to various aspects of canoeing.
PARODY COMPOSED:  Giorgio Coniglio, December, 2018, based on the precedents of song-lyrics and limerick verses, with a few new twists.

"A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe", Pierre Berton, eminent Canadian journalist, editor, historian and author.

(to the tune of "Lost River" by M. M. Murphey) 

songwriter and performer
Urban summers seem so hot
That you'll need to find a spot
To escape (no use stewin'),
Where it's cool for canoein'.
Paddle straight and go faster
When the J-stroke you'll master.
Once you learn what you're doin'
Seek your spirit's renewin'.

A Canadian's someone who
Can make love in a canoe.
He knows lots of good strokes
And can thwart ogling folks.
Starting foreplay, he'll untether,
He'll move sideways with the feather;
He'll avert curious eyes
With a series of pries.

CHORUS: Oh, lost country, now I'm paddlin' back
To those thousands of lakes,
That beau paysage I've lacked*
Oh Quebec girl come with me, 
Oh, ma belle, ma fleur de lis,
Northern vision in our mind,
That Pierre Berton defined.

Now at heart our Rose did hate
Tryin' to make the boat go straight.
Paddlin' lessons were a battle
'Til some tricks she learned (don't tattle!)
In the stern she could discern
That instructors might well yearn
To teach Trudeau's stroke, fiddle-faddle
While she straddled their paddle.


for those who might have missed the pun, the French word for 'lake' is lac.

UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT (and guitar, banjo, mandolin etc!)

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

Playing notes: You can convert this into a simple 4 chord song by simply eliminating the 9th and 6th chords in the following charts. If you can play them, however, it does add an appealing folk-music quality to the otherwise C-and-W sound.

Specifics for C-tuned ukulele:

F9 = 0010; Bb  = 3211;  C9 = 0201;  Bb6 = 0211 

* Pierre Trudeau, father of Justin and himself Prime Minister (1968-1984) of Canada, was for a time prior to undertaking his marriage and family-life reputed to be a lady's man. His exploits as an adventurer included canoeing trips to Canada's Arctic and elsewhere. His pointed remarks at opponents included the rather well-known use of the expression 'fuddle-duddle', presumably a debatably innocuous variant of the more established 'fiddle-faddle'. The suggestion in the verse is allegorical, as there are no canoeing strokes named for the Prime Minister. 

(ballad by Michael Martin Murphey) - click on any verse box to enlarge.


Wednesday, 5 December 2018


POST #189
Song Medley with Adapted Limerick Verses, a continuation of post #136, where you find the first five melodies in the series.

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, 2017 and 2018. Hotlinks are given for  posts using these new musical adaptations, and will be updated when possible.


6. "OCHI CHORNYE" ("DARK EYES" – ‘traditional’ Russian 1884)
Oh, those gorgeous eyes, dark and glorious eyes
Burn-with-passion eyes, how you hypnotize.
How I adore you so, / how I fear you though
Since I say you glow! Now my spirit’s low!

Limerick Adaptation 
(Moderate changes)
Once was oligarch from Nantucket
Stuck all cash in pail. Tax? He’d duck it.
But his daughter Nan / Had a man with plan --
Informed KGB, then stole bucket.

Hotlink to lyrics blogpost "RUSSIAN HACKING: Red Army Choir Sings Classical Limericks".

7. "ODE TO JOY" ("AN DIE FREUDE"; adapted  by L. von Beethoven 1824 for his Ninth [choral] Symphony 
from a poem by Friedrich Schiller 1785; designated the Anthem of Europe in 1972.)
Deine Zauber binden wieder
Was die Mode streng geteilt;
Alle Menschen werden Brüder
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.

Limerick Adaptation (significant changes)
In a case that Freud had mentioned,
Dean hid fortune in a can.
Daughter Joy found lottery winnings,
Filched his bucket; off she ran.

Hotlink to Wikipedia 'ODE TO JOY'.

8. THE SLOOP ‘JOHN B’ (traditional Bahamian, recorded by Kingston Trio 1958)
Oh, we came on the sloop ‘John B’ – my grandfather and me
‘Round Nassau town we did roam.
Drinkin’ all night, we got into a fight.
Oh, I feel so break-up, I wanna go home.

Limerick Adaptation (significant changes)
My Grandpa felt out of luck; on Nantucket he was stuck,
So credit cards and cash he hid in a pail;
Til his daughter Nan / rowed off with her man;
They’d plucked Pop's bucket, but now they’re in jail.

Hotlink to Wikipedia 'THE SLOOP JOHN B'.


C-tuned ukulele specifics:
DARK EYES (Ochi Chornye)
Gm = 0213
AN DIE FREUDE (Ode to Joy)
Bb = 3211;  Bbs2 = 3213; F7 = 2310

At this point you might wish to return to the post 'Singable Lyrics: Novel Melodies for Limericks' HERE

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

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Let's Start the Holiday Season with "TURKEY LEFTOVERS" !

REPRISE:  a seasonal parody from 2015 revisited

SUBSTITUTE LYRICS subbed into 2 original songs, a pairody
ORIGINAL SONG#1: "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts...), written by Wells and Tormé  in 1944, and recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio 1946.
ORIGINAL SONG#2: "Good King Wenceslas", John Mason Neale 1853, but often now mistakenly referred to as 'traditional'. Neale's piece, (based on accounts of the Bohemian Wenceslas legend, and a 13th century 'spring- carol tune) was highly criticized in the 1920s as "ponderous moral doggerel"; see the interesting description in the Wikipedia essay.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, January, 2015, currently updated with new verse-charts, improved fonts and an epilogue including slides with ukulele chords indicated for the original songs.   
SONGLINK: For another parody on  "The Christmas Song"  see my earlier posting "The Cynic's Song" here.


(to the tune of The Christmas Song - "Chestnuts Roasting")

Essay featured in Economist,
Turkeys' origins disclosed -
Centerpiece of each year's Yuletide feast,
Subspecies bred in Mexico.

Dolts like me believed that gobblers and that Mid-East land -
Names were mere coincidence.
Ottomans, trading ships, caravans -
I understand, it now makes sense.

Each year I prove I'm such a goof,
I try create too late a spiffy Christmas spoof,
But with a month's delay I'll get it right
Helped by this article about "Turkey's Flight".

And so I'm offering this paraphrase
Of what the author claimed was true,
French - d'inde, and the Turks call them 'hindi' - what jerks!
While in India, name in Hindi,
And in Portugal's 'peru'.

To the tune of "Good King Wenceslas")

Montezuma once bred fowl tastier than pheasant; 
Shipped the Spanish queen a thou - funky kind of present.
Isabella loathed the birds, trimmings too displeased her;
No use for leftovers, she didn't have a free-eezer.

'Turkeys', Moors, then Jews were banned from the royal kitchens;
Legend says that's how began Spanish Inquisition - 
Cortes later sacked the lands of the Aztec ruler.
Phil or Izz-and-Ferdinand ? Can't say which was cru-ueller.

Avian émigrés toured through, crowns of Europe hosting,
Though few of their lackeys knew oven-time for roasting.
Hot or cold and steep or flat, exiled birds were living,
Prospered in those countries that didn't have Thanksgi-iving.

Thus this misnamed flock did cope through the 16th century,
'ventually hens copped some hope with the English gentry.
For some time they settled down,  breeding they found boring,
Westward they shipped out again, restlessly explo-oring.

Turkeys in America, native home recovered,
Quirky and hysterical history discovered -
Essay we would clearly rank best of the Econ'mist,
Author we should dearly thank-(s)he remains anon-ymous.

UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT (and guitar, too!)

There are some difficult jazz chords here, but they sound beautiful, and are worth the effort!

Specifics for ukulele (C-tuning):

There are some difficult jazz chords here, but they sound beautiful, and are worth the effort!
Specifics for ukulele (C-tuning):
Bm7 = 2222;  C#m7 = 4444;  E7 = 1202;  Em7 = 0202;  C#7+5 =2112; F#m = 2120;  Dm6 = 2212;  D#m7 = 3324;  C#M7 = 1113;  CM7 = 0002;
A9= 0102;  DM7 = 2224;  D6 = 2222;  Dm7 = 2213;  C6 = 0000;  Fdim7 = 1212; G#7 = 1323;  Cdim7 = 2323;  AM7 = 1100;  F#7sus = 6677.

(click on any verse-slide to enlarge the entire series and compare the original songs' verses with the parody version. Move back and forth using the thumbnails at the bottom)