A LIMERICK-BASED ANECDOTE
LIMERICK VERSE: Original verse composed by Giorgio Coniglio, November 2016, modified from the version accepted for publication by OEDILF.com, the online limerick dictionary.
ORIGINAL SONG: These verses can be sung to the tune of "The Limerick Song", as in "The Flea and the Fly" (see sactoGranny's recording on YouTube here.). A blogpost on our song-lyrics site shows the ukulele chord-charts for this oeuvre.
The lyrics describe an apocryphal workshop conducted by Mercer, during which the iconic canal palindrome is almost invented.
Panacea: A palindrome, pal?"
My friend Leigh seemed contrite —
"No! The ending's not right.
Zeus sees Suez — that seems less lame, Mal."
ama works, (like Name male pipe, lame man!)"
My friend Leigh looked uptight,
"No! It lacks enough bite.
It's ambiv'lent, like Nab, rob or ban."
"Amen + a pit, Ipanema"
(Voiced in Portuguese, with no disclaimer).
Leigh: "No! Tip-top pot pit
Is a much better fit,
But Amen! Icy cinema's lamer."
"A mar on a pan — a panorama:
Has poor scansion, but not such bad grammar".
Leigh groaned, "Dammit, I'm mad;
Stuff those phrases so bad;
No sir, prison — that warrants the slammer."