Thursday, 20 May 2021

Lyrics for Singable Satire: Bob Dylan Sings " A FICKLE TWIST OF VERSE", part#2

 PARODY-LYRICS, based on traditional poetry (limericks)

ORIGINAL SONG: "Simple Twist of FateBob Dylan 1975; covers by Diana Krall and Sean Costello are recommended.
ORIGINAL POETRY: At Wikipedia (click here), you can find a discussion of limericks dealing with the 'man from Nantucket'.
PARODY COMPOSED: Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, July 2016, followup to an earlier post.
UKULELE and GUITAR-FRIENDLY LINK: All our 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 that site, and you'll find chord-charts for uke and guitar for both the parody-song and the original, and some more illustrations.. But note that it is a 'private blog', so 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.

PRIOR OFFERINGS: (as per the initial post of April 10, 2021)
1. "There once was a man from Nantucket" (clean version) - 3 verses, unattributed.
2. "There once was a man from Nantucket" (dirty version) - cleaned up by G.C.
3. "A dozen, a gross and a score" - Leigh Mercer
4. "There was an old miser named Clarence" - Ogden Nash
5. "There was a brave girl of Connecticut" - Ogden Nash 
6. "There was a young belle of Old Natchez" - Ogden Nash
 Chorus. "People say it makes them sick" - Giorgio Coniglio

CURRENT CONTENTS: (more limericks from the classic repertoire, as interpreted by Bob Dylan.)
7. "A flea and a fly in a flue" - author unknown, often attributed to O.N.
8. "There was a young lady of station" - Lewis Carroll 
9. "A wonderful bird is the pelican" - Dixon Merritt 
10. "There was a young lady named Bright" - Reginald Buller
11. "There was an old man of Peru" - Edward Lear 
12. "There was a young fellow of Wheeling" - traditional 
13. "Hickory dickory dock" - traditional
 Chorus. "People say it makes them sick" - Giorgio Coniglio


(to the tune of "Simple Twist of Fate")

7. A flea and fly within a flue
Felt flustered, they were in a stew; 
Didn’t know just what to do 
And finally they saw -  
The flue had a flagrant flaw 
To flee or fly – no worse, than 
To fuss with a fickle twist of verse. 

8. “I love Man” – sole exclamation
Of a young lass high in station 
(“Isle of Man” her explanation); 
“You flatter”, men believed,  
And yes, they were deceived. 
“No matter” if she flirts,
As she asserts in this Lewis Carroll

9. A wondrous bird – the pelican    
His bill holds more than his belican 
I’m damned if I see how the helican 
Take all that in his beak -  
Food enough for a week;  
I guess the bird rehearses   
Weekly, for this simple twist of verse. 

10. A lady traveller named Miss Bright
Exceeded ‘c’, the speed of light, 
Returned from trips the prior night  
That she’d started the next day, 
In a relative way.  
That’s Einstein’s universe  
Reflected in a fickle twist of verse.

11. There was an old man of Peru;
One day his young wife made a stew. 
Folks thought she knew just what to
Cause from their house she ran.  
He was found in their stewing pan;  
Which triggered some alerts 
For older guys in this simple twist
  of verse. 

A sensitive young guy from
Found the coach-door sign 
So he jumped, spat on the ceiling; 
Rather than the floor,  
As instructions did implore:  
Train signage known for terseness   
Spoofed in this twisted lim’rick verse.

13. Hick’ry dick’ry dick’ry dock
A timid mouse ran up the clock. 
The time had come for taking stock; 
So when the clock struck ten,  
He ran down the clock again,  
For better or for worse;   
As Dylan sang in this twisted nursery verse.

CHORUS: People say it makes them sick
To hear too many limericks;
I fear it had become my shtick,
But now I've lost the knack,
With no good jokes to crack --
A tendency perverse;
Blame it on a fickle twist of verse.

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Saturday, 15 May 2021

CANADIANA (verse, photos, Scrabble-boards, and misc. nonsense)




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Monday, 10 May 2021


 Continuing from the initial post of February 10, 2021 ....

The above slide, displaying two male domestic turkeys in the state of Connecticut, honors the LGBT community.

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A short time after competing this series on Couples in the animal world, I rediscovered some old song-lyrics I had written for "Pairs", the introductory parody-song for a series about Word-Pairs, (based on the BeeGees' "Words"). It's a bit tangential, but you might like to review it here.