Saturday 19 August 2023

Dante's Inferno, Canto#4: "LIMBO ROCKS, Or Not"


ORIGINAL POEM:  "Inferno" by Dante Alighieri, the first book in the triad "The Divine Comedy", written in the early 14th century.
ORIGINAL SONG: "Limbo Rock", as recorded 1962 by Chubby Checker, used here primarily for music and meter.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, June, 2015. To return to the current post on "Daily Illustrated Nonsense" (and to see the lyrics without the chord-chart indications) click HERE

The lyrics for this Canto are condensed and re-arranged considerably, but the words are primarily Dante’s, preserving to the extent possible the original 14th century Tuscan language. My English translation follows the Italian, with liberal adaptations for modern readers.

Inferno Canto#4: 

(to the tune of "Limbo Rock")


"Il Limbo"
G.Stradano, 1587

(Click on any chord-chart slide to advance to 'presentation/singalong' mode.)

The chord pattern is the same for all verses, and is quite easy. The trick is to clinch the Caribbean rhythm with heavy beats on 2 and 4. and the English lyrics ending just before the 4th downbeat for every line. The Italian lyrics seem to work best dragged out a bit so that there is usually singing on the 4th downbeat. Another nice trick is to to employ the 5,4,3,3, position for the C chord, and then use downward NewYorkstrum for the 4 and 4.5 counts in mos lines (the F9 and G7 chords can even be adapted to do this for the last few line of each verse).
Fadd9 = 0,0,1,0.