Sunday, 19 July 2020



Only occasional binomials show alliteration
(e.g. 'one and only')
ORIGINAL SONG: "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959. 

PARODY COMPOSED: Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2015. This song is the second of nine in the series on Word-Pairs. You can find the links to the previous songs at the bottom of the post. 

WORDPLAY LINK: For discussion of alliterative binomials on our sister blogsite "EDIFYING NONSENSE", click here (You can also find a simpler version of the parody-lyrics displayed without the chords, should you desire.) 

(A reprise from Post #80, July 4, 2015)

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

You can play/sing Tom Lehrer's original patter-song, The Elements,  by checking  ouCorktunes, the songbook of the Corktown Ukulele Jam here.  The chord-charts have the alternate-line superscript format that many ukers find preferable.
Lehrer had adapted the melody from "The Major General's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance". There are 3 somewhat different melodies/chord-sequences used in alteration through the GandS song, and in Lehrer's derived take-off.

My suggestion for the first 3 verses of the patter-list portion of this parody are shown here, but adapt them as you like! Incidentally, the Eb7 chord may look formidable to some - just use the barred version of D7 one fret higher, than slide back for the D7 that follows!
Pick or strum the way you like, but I have enjoyed the 3,(12),4,(12) picking pattern, continuing  through from line to line, except for an index finger 4-string flourish at the end of all the lines of the minor-tone verses, and in lines 3 and 4 of the other verses.

Be sure to continue with  Alliterative Binomials part #2.

HOT LINKS to the SONGS (Updated, 2021)  

Uke-friendly versions here on "Silly Songs and Satire"
Alliterative Binomials, part #1 (see above)