Monday, 20 July 2020

Lyrics for Singable Patter-Satire: Tom Lehrer Sings "ALLITERATIVE BINOMIALS, #1"


ORIGINAL SONG: "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.
Occasional binomials show alliteration
(e.g. one and only)

PARODY COMPOSED: Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2015. This song is the second of nine in the series on Word-Pairs. You can find the links to the lyrics of the previous songs at the bottom of the post. 

EXPLANATION: The current effort involves a linguistic device discussed by Wikipedia as “Siamese twins” or ‘Irreversible Binomials”. These 
phrases include some of the most colorful expressions in English. There are probably a thousand binomial expressions in the English language. To enhance the singability, I have skewed my selection of binomial pairs here, to emphasize those that have alliteration of the 2 elements. 
For  a recently revised discussion of binomials, click here; there is also a post that honors our earlier exploration of these intriguing expressions entitled "The Allure of Word-Pairs: Alliterative Binomials (compendium)".

UKULELE and GUITAR-FRIENDLY LINK: Our whole series of songs can be found in a friendly format for ukulele (and guitar)-players on our sister blog  "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE". Click here to proceed to this site. But note that as it is a 'private blog' you will need to arrange access, if you don't already have it. Leave a comment on this post if you want to access the version with chord-charts and helpful performing suggestions. 

For house and home, and king and country, love or leave it, bull or bear
And wild and woolly, weeping wailing, whys and wherefores, wash and wear
There’s lend and lease, lewd and lascivious, longitude and latitude
And odds and evens, wax and wane, and hoot and holler, crass and crude.

There’s form and function, farm and factory, and fling and flirta-ation
And feast or famine, rhyme and reason, rest and relaxa-ation 
There’s rough and ready, rags to riches, rock and roll, down and dirty
And dine and dash, and cheque or cash, and foppery and frippery.

There's live and learn, last but not least, and lemon lime, and life and limb
Safe and secure, and search and seizure, signs and symptoms, sink or swim
And sweet and sour, and Stars and Stripes, and sticks and stones, and sights and sounds
And hale and hearty, hot and heavy, birds and bees, and horse and hounds. 

There’s flora fauna, fun and frolic, fin and fur, forgive forget
Over and out, and tots and toddlers, tit for tat, restore reset 
And Jew and Gentile, dribs and drabs, naughty or nice, and juke and jive
And one and only, publish perish, bed and breakfast, drink and drive.

There’s poke and prod, and pen and paper, post and pillar, pig in poke
And rant and rave, and bread and butter, mix and match, and jeer and joke
Hell or high water, rod and reel, gruff grim, footloose and fancy-free,
Deny his due to devil, dos and don'ts, and also deep blue sea.

Nieces and nephews, peas in pod, kit and caboodle, meek and mild
And ghosts and goblins, trick or treat, witches and warlocks, wet and wild
And trials and tribulation, tried and true , thick thin, and tic-tac-toe
And cute and cuddly, fair or foul, and spick and span, and friend or foe.

Note: A second collection of amusing and instructive phrases has been posted  as "More Alliterative Binomials #2".

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