Monday 19 December 2022

Uke-Song from the Southern Border: "KOOKY PRESIDENTIAL VIEWS"

SONG with UKULELE CHORDS


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). 

PARODY COMPOSED:  Dr. G. H. and Giorgio Coniglio, February 2019.

 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 us a note in the Comments section). 



KOOKY PRESIDENTIAL VIEWS

(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 our songs found on previous postings on this song-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










  

Saturday 19 November 2022

Uke-Song: upgrade of an American folk-ballad: "VLAD PUTIN'S BLOGGER"

                                                                                  
SONG with UKULELE-CHORDS

ORIGINAL SONG: "The Frozen Logger", an American folksong of the tall-tale variety, was written by James Stevens in 1928 and published in 1949. It has been recorded by The Weavers in 1951, and subsequently by many other artists including Johnny Cash and Oscar Brand. 
For those interested, the original song is shown in ukulele-friendly form at the bottom of the post. BTW, if you play guitar or other stringed instrument, it should be easy to transpose these charts to the key of your choice (or send me a request or complaint in the Comments section).
 
PARODY COMPOSED:  Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, February 2019.


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


FURTHER INFORMATION: A presidential quote from January 2019, in reference to the suspected perpetrators indicted by the Mueller probe.
 "Among the 34 people, many of them were bloggers from Moscow or people who had nothing to do with me, had nothing to do with what they were talking about or there were people who got caught telling stories or lying … I think it's a terrible thing (that has) happened to this country, because this investigation is a witch hunt." 


VLAD PUTIN'S BLOGGER

(to the tune of "The Frozen Logger")


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
(Click on any verse-slide to enlarge and compare the original and parody-versions)  














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"




Wednesday 19 October 2022

Uke-song for Lewis Carroll: 'The Animals' Rock-Band Sings "JABBERWOCKY"

  The authors of this blog, Dr. G.H. and his registered pseudonym Giorgio, have been fans for a long time of "Jabberwocky", the iconic nonsense-poem revealed and discussed in Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass" (1871). On our other blogs, you can find the poem "Mergerwocky", a poetic parody on Jabberwocky that we later realized could be sung to the tune of "The House of the Rising Sun". Your current authors do acknowledge that singing a version of "Jabberwocky" itself has been achieved by the British folk-rock singer-composer Donovan, a pastiche that is recorded in his 1971 album of childrens' songs "HMS Donovan". (Click HERE for the YouTube version.)



JABBERWOCKY
(parody lyrics to the tune of the Animals' "House of the Rising Sun")


UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT (and guitar, too!)
(Click on any chord-chart slide to move to 'song-presentation mode'; then navigate through thumbnails at the bottom of the page.)

C-tuned ukulele specifics:
Gm = 0231; Gm7 = 0211; C(add)9 0203; Eb = 0331; D7+5 = 2233; Gmsus(+) = 0233
























DIRECTION FOR WEB-TRAVELLERS: 

If you want to resume daily titillations on our blog 'Daily Illustrated Nonsense', click HERE. Once you arrive, you can select your time-frame of interest from the calendar-based listings in the righthand margin, and check the daily offerings for any month in the years 2020, 2021, and 2022. (There are now over 800 daily entries on the Daily blog, and most of these are also presented here on 'Edifying Nonsense' in topic-based collections.)

 

Monday 19 September 2022

Uke-Song: "The BALLAD of RUDY GIULIANI, part #1", early years

SONG with UKULELE CHORDS

ORIGINAL SONG: The Ballad of Davy Crockett , by Bruns and Blackburn, Walt Disney Studios 1954, anthem of the "Crockett craze". Several versions of the song were prominent on the Top Ten in 1955.
YouTube versions  by its famous original  performers are available via links below...
Bill Hayes
Fess Parker
Tennessee Ernie Ford  

SATIRE COMPOSED:  Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, June 2018.

WORDPLAY LINK: 
For wordplay (palindromes, anagrams, creative cartography, etc.) and silly poetry (polished limericks), see our sister blog "EDIFYING NONSENSEhere.




SONGLINK: Readers interested in this topic might also enjoy Giorgio's songs on these earlier blogposts ...
 "Indiana Song"
 "Rosenstein"
 "Brennan's Tweet"
 "Dark Plans (Russian Hacking)"
 "First Year on the Range".



The BALLAD of GIULIANI, part#1

(to the tune of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett")



UKULELE-FRIENDLY FORMAT (and guitar, etc., too!)

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


















Original Song-Lyrics














Friday 19 August 2022

Uke-Song: Environmental protest, "COACH the NESTLINGS"

SONG with UKULELE CHORDS


ORIGINAL SONG: "Teach Your Children" 1970, lyrics by Graham Nash, recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
   


PARODY COMPOSED: Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, April 2019. 







COACH the NESTLINGS

(to the tune of Teach Your Children)





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The Original Song: