Friday, 1 March 2019

A Song from the Border: "KOOKY PRESIDENTIAL VIEWS"

Post #195                                                                                              
ORIGINAL SONG: "Good King Wenceslas", written by English hymnwriter John Mason Neale in 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", but as you all know, has become a seasonal classic.
On You-Tube, you can readily find a spectrum of video recordings of the original lyrics, from the Choir of Westminster Abbey, to Bing Crosby and the Irish Rovers (the last-mentioned is highly recommended). 

For those interested, the original song is shown in ukulele-friendly form at the bottom of the post. BTW, if you play guitar or some other stringed instrument, it should be easy to transpose these charts to the key of your choice (or send me a note in the Comments section). 

PARODY COMPOSED:  Giorgio Coniglio, February 2019.


(to the tune of "Good King Wenceslas")

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.)

SONGLINKS: Readers interested in this topic might also enjoy Giorgio's songs found on previous postings on this lyrics blog. (Click to enjoy them).
 #178 "Indiana Song"
 #175 "Rosenstein"
 #173 "Brennan's Tweet"
 #158 "First Year on the Range"

WORDPLAY LINK: You can also find some related satire, without the need to sing, on our wordplay blog "Edifying Nonsense". To get started there, you might enjoy the blogpost "Slogans for the Occasion".

Original Song-Lyrics


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