Friday 19 April 2024

Uke-Song: "THE UNIQUENESS OF NUCLEAR", thanks again to Tom Lehrer

ORIGINAL SONG:  "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, October 2013. This parody-song represents a follow-up to an earlier Lehrer-inspired patter-song (April 2013), reposted here in February of this year. Click HERE to review "NO ELEMENTS".

PARODY-LYRICS LINK: The lyrics for this song constituted one of Giorgio's  earliest submissions to the online parody-lyrics website at And, should you prefer, they are also more readily available as displayed (without the chord-indications) on our blogsite "Daily Illustrated Nonsense"; click HERE.

PARODY SONG-LINK: Please note that T.L.'s genius has provided inspiration for a handful of other parody patter-songs; these are summarized at the bottom of this post. 


(to the tune of "The Elements")

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

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!

You crave more patter-songs in the style of Tom Lehrer???
T.L. inspired a significant platterful of songs related to our interest in grammatically paired words, including binomials and reduplications. And, you should have your foot in the door, having mastered the complexities of singing and playing our above offering "The Uniqueness of Nuclear" So, enjoy trying these as well !!!     
1a. "Alliterative Binomials, part#1"
3.  "A Lesson about Reduplications" (not a patter-song)
5.  "No Elements", 3rd declension Latin nouns
6.  "The Uniqueness of Nuclear", Latin adjectival listing, scheduled for April 2024.

As We Nuke It
Flaking Out is What They Do
Mel and His Hernia
Off-Patent Drug#19
Prostate Cancer
Reflux Romp
The Uniqueness of Nuclear (see below)
The Valgus and the Carbuncle
Under My Own Steam part#1
Under My Own Steam part#2
Where Has Neurosyphylis Gone?

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Uke-Song: "JEUX-DE-MOTS", from the musical (French version) "The Sound of Homonyms"

Another SATIRICAL Uke-Song, inspired by the earlier posting of December 9, 2023

 PARODY-LYRICS LINK: To return to the corresponding post on "Daily Illustrated Nonsense" (and to see the lyrics without the chord-chart indications) click HERE


Friday 29 March 2024

Uke-Song: "BABY JAMES SUITE", homage to James Taylor

ORIGINAL SONG: "Sweet Baby James",  by James Taylor. The song was presumably composed during a winter car-trip that Taylor made from Boston to North Carolina for the christening of Baby James, his nephew, and the first of a new generation in the Taylor family. 
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, September 2013 (despite its name it contains only a single song). It was added to Giorgio's original blog "Giorgio's Ukable Parodies" as his fourteenth parody-song. To return to the corresponding post on "Daily Illustrated Nonsense" (and to see the lyrics without the chord-chart indications) click HERE.


(to the tune of "Sweet Baby James") 

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Uke- Song: RETURN TO "SURRENDER" (Stuck on Elvis)


ORIGINAL SONG: "Torna a Surriento"; E. DeCurtis(music), G. DeCurtis(lyrics), 1902 
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, February, 2013. the thirteenth song posted on "Giorgio's Ukable Parodies", the original parody-blog.
To see the lyrics displayed more concisely without the chord-indications (and to return to "Daily Illustrated Nonsense"), click HERE.  

The wonderful original song, written in Neapolitan, has been recorded by Caruso, Lanza, Pavarotti, and Bocelli among others. Its famous English knock-off, "Surrender" written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman in 1961 was widely popularized by Elvis Presley.
For this parody, the difficult words in Neapolitan have been replaced by names of Presley songs and movies.
The few remaining words are similar to modern Italian and readily understood. 
e = and
guarda = see
io = I
ma = but
'o = the 
tu dice = you say


(to the tune of "Torna A Surriento" - Return to Sorrento)

Performing Notes

[Gm] Vide ‘o movie Blue Hawaii 
[Cm] Moonlight Swim e Aloha [Gm] ‘Oe….
One [Cm] Nighte Hawaiian [Gm] Wedding
[D] Io Can’t  Help [D7] Falling In [Gm] Love

[G] Guarda, gua’ Viva Las [Am] Vegas:
[D] Santa Lucia, Tutti [G6] Frutti,
[G] Bello Yellow Rose of [Am] Texas,
I [D] Need Somebody to Lean [G] On

[G] E tu dice ‘Please Sur-[Am]-render ’
[B7] Stuck on You e Love Me [Em] Tender,(ma)
Girls, Girls, [Cm] Girls, It's Now or [G] Never
You [D] Gotta [D7] Stop  Your  Cheating [G] Heart
Ma [GM7] Don’t [G6] Be [Am7] Cruel [Am]
[D] All  Shook Up  [D7] Cryin’ in the [G6] Chapel !
Re[Cm]turn To [G5+7] Se-e-en[Gm]der……
[D] Heart[D7]break  Ho-[Gm]-tel !

"Surrender"  (original song)

When we kiss my heart's on fire
Cm                                        Gm
Burning with a strange desire, 
          Cm                          Gm
And I know each time I kiss you
D                D7                     Gm
That your heart's on fire too.

G                                          Am
So, my darling please surrender............

"Torna a Surriento" (original song)

Vide ‘o mare quant’è bello
Cm                       Gm
Spira tantu sentimento, 
              Cm                  Gm
Comme tu a chi tiene mente
D         D7                    Gm
Ca scetato ‘o faje sunà. 

G                                       Am
Guarda, gua’ chistu ciardino.
D                                    G6
Siente, sie’ sti sciure arance:
G                                 Am
Nu profumo accussi fino
D                                  G
Dinto ‘o core se ne va.
G                                  Am   
E tu dice “I’ parto, addio!”
B7                            Em
T’alluntane da stu core
     Cm                        G
De sta terra de l’ammore,
D             D7                   G
Tiene ‘o core e nun turnà?
     Gmaj7         G6    Am7  Am
Ma nun  me lassà !
D           D7                 G6       G
Nun darme stu turmiento 
Cm                G5+7  Gm
Torna  a  Sur-rien-to,
D           D7    Gm
Famme cam-pà !

Saturday 9 March 2024

Uke-Song: "REFLUX ROMP", decaffeinated version


ORIGINAL SONG: "Java Jive" The Ink Spots, 1940. 
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, January 2014, originally posted on this blogsite January 10, 2014 as post #12. Thanks to Steve McNie of Corktown Ukulele Jam / Toronto Ukes for providing chord charts and other help!

To see the lyrics displayed more concisely without the chord-indications (and to return to the corresponding date's post on "Daily Illustrated Nonsense"), click HERE.  


(to the tune of "Java Jive")


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

 F#dim7 = 2323;  Fdim7 =1212;  Gm7 = 0211;  E6 = 4444;  F6= 5555
Bb6 = 0211;  Bbm6 = 0111;  C5+7 = 1001;  Bb7 = 1211;  Bb9 =1213 

Related Palindromes:

Decaf-level faced.

Deficit-song. Aid diagnostic. I fed.

Lived on Decaf, faced no Devil.


Friday 1 March 2024

Uke-Song (palindromic, traditional): "SIN and REDEMPTION"

ORIGINAL SONG: "He's Got the Whole World In His Handstraditional spiritual, first published in 1927.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, May 2016, subsequently upgraded. To return to the corresponding post on "Daily Illustrated Nonsense" (and to see the lyrics without the chord-chart indications) click HERE.


(to the tune of "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands")

The Palindromic Nature of Sin

0. Dennis never even sinned. 

1. Dennis sinned.

2. Dennis and Edna sinned.
    Dennis and Edna dined. Enid and Edna sinned.

3. Dennis, Enid and Nadine sinned.
    Dennis, Nora, Aaron sinned  

4. Dennis, Enid, Andy D., Nadine, sinned.
    Dennis, Nell, Edna and Ellen sinned.
    Dennis, Rod, Enid and Edna dined or sinned.

5. Dennis, Nell, Edna, Otto and Ellen sinned.
    Dennis and Ed, Nadine, Enid and Edna sinned.

6. Dennis, Nell, Edna, Eva, Dave and Ellen sinned.
    Dennis and Ed, Nadine, Eve, Enid and Edna sinned,