Thursday, 20 December 2018

The Beatles' New Anti-War Song: "RELIC SUBMARINES"

Post #191                                                                                               
PARODY-LYRICS: Sad Anti-War Satire.
U.S.S. Clamagore at Patriots Point
(background: Arthur Ravenel Bridge, in fog)




ORIGINAL SONG:  "Yellow Submarine", The Beatles 1966, with lead vocals by Ringo Starr.
BACKGROUND: Giorgio's substitute lyrics draw on his personal experience as an occasional denizen of South Carolina. With prominent tourist sites for the display of submarines from the Civil War, World War II and the Cold War, Charleston SC and the adjacent suburb of Mt Pleasant seem like a grim version of the Beatles' fantasy "land of submarines" - see the photo collages and explanatory details below.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, December 2018.

SONGLINKS: Giorgio's other satire lyrics substituted to Beatles' songs include "Vonnegut" (Imagine); "Saturday Night" (Yesterday); "Brennan's Tweet" (Let It Be); "Jake" (While My Guitar Gently Weeps).
Should you need to be reminded of the lyrics of the original, written as a simple children's song, find them in ukulele-friendly format at the bottom of this post. 
Another song posted here relates to nuclear brinksmanship during the cold war. You might enjoy Giorgio's "Broken Arrow", to the tune of the Eagle's "Desperado". And then, there's a more recent take on the North Korea debacle, "Something to Groan About", to the tune of Oscar Brand's "Something to Sing About".  

WORDPLAY LINK: For poetic delights, anagrams, palindromes, doggerel verse, puzzles and creative cartography, see our wordplay blog "EDIFYING NONSENSE". 


RELIC SUBMARINES

(to the tune of "Yellow Submarine")


In the town where I’ve retired
A Memorial’s awfully near.
And it tells us of the time
When the Cold War engendered fear.

Sailors sailed, to keep us ‘safe’ --
Secret missions ‘neath the waves.
Soviet strike? Well we’d respond.
They could never make us slaves.

Nuclear power transformed the submarine --
Submerged months in between, with missile launch unseen.
Trident warheads, a payload that’s obscene,
A missile-launch machine, nuclear submarine.

No recourse, all mankind’s caught
In the path of the juggernaut.
So give Gor-bachev our thanks,
(nautical tune)

We all live near a nuclear submarine,
Missile-launch machine; we’re all trapped in between.
We all live with nuclear submarines.
Missile-launch machines blow Earth to smithereens.

Cold War’s thawed – a time of peace.
From a gruesome fate, we’re now released.
A Memorial down the street --
Tourists gripe about the summer heat.

We all live near a nuclear submarine,
Missile-launch machine; we’re all trapped in between.
Live or die with nuclear submarines.
Missile-launch machines blow Earth to smithereens.


UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT (and guitar, too!)

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































ORIGINAL SONG-LYRICS 

























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