Saturday 19 December 2020



ORIGINAL SONG: "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.

PARODY COMPOSED: Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2015. This song is the seventh 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 reduplications on our sister blogsite "EDIFYING NONSENSE", click hereYou can also find a simpler version of the parody-lyrics displayed without the chords, should you desire, here. 

(A reprise from Post#86, Aug 2015)

This post is a follow-up to "The Reduplications: A Lesson"

  This collection of fascinating phrases has been modified somewhat since its original posting on the site Thanks are due to Al Silver, Becky Hurwitz and Uncle Paul for suggesting several examples which were incorporated into the current version. 

 The original posting of The Lesson, and this subsequent posting of The Lexicon will contain a total of over 250 examples of reduplication.

WARNING!  Do not attempt to sing this lesson at the pace of a patter-song. The management of this blog will take no responsibility for any injuries sustained.

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

I seem to be addicted to this "OS" (original song) as a vehicle for parodies. Try using the search function at the top of the page ("Lehrer" will get you there) to review the 4 previous submissions of this type.

You can play/sing Tom Lehrer's original patter-song, The Elements, by checking out Corktunes, 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 G/S song, and in Lehrer's derived take-off. 

'honey-bunny', an alternate form

HOT LINKS to the SONGS (Updated, 2021)  

Uke-friendly versions here on "Silly Songs and Satire"
Reduplications - Lexicon A to K (see above)