ORIGINAL SONG: "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.
PARODY COMPOSED: Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2015. This song is the seventh 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: For a discussion of reduplications, check an earlier post on this blog-site by clicking here. This post also honours our previous venture of Feb 15, 2017 entitled 'Abracadabra' to 'Zoom-zoom': possibly the world's largest compendium of reduplications'.
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" with chord-charts and helpful performing suggestions. 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 musically informative version.
This post is a follow-up to "The Reduplications: A Lesson"
This collection of fascinating phrases has been modified somewhat since its original posting on the site AmIRight.com. Thanks are due to Al Silver, Becky Hurwitz and Uncle Paul for suggesting several examples which were incorporated into the current version.
WARNING! Do not attempt to sing this lesson at the pace of a patter-song. The management of this blog will take no responsibility for any injuries sustained.
Many of these words have fascinating stories of their origin and subsequent use; the hotlinks highlight those with instructive or amusing information available on the web.
There’s achy-breaky, artsy-fartsy, bigwig, BB, and aye-aye
Abracadabra, bric-a-brac, and boulder holder, and bye-bye
And Bora Bora, beriberi, (good) bees knees, and (bad) boo-boo
And bonbon, buddy-buddy, bunga-bunga, can-can, and choo-choo
There's crackerjack, couscous, and chili, chugalug, chin-chin, cocoa
And clap-trap, culture vulture, chit-chat, chock-a-block, cluck-cluck, dodo
And dilly-dally, deadhead, dum(b)-dum(b), dingle-dangle, and clip-clop
And easy-peasy, even Steven, fifty-fifty, and flip-flop.
There's flim-flam, fiddle-faddle, fuddy-duddy, fat cat, funny mon-
-ey; Folderol and fender bender, flower power, honey-bun.
And four-door, ga-ga, goody-goody, golden-oldy, and hotshot
And go-go, gibber-jabber, hurly-burly, honky-tonk, hotspot.
There’s hocus-pocus, harum-scarum, holus-bolus, hoi-polloi
And holy moly! hoity-toity, hip-hop, heeby-jeebies, oy!
And hullaballoo and hokey-pokey, hotpot, hoodoo, and hobo
And handy-dandy, hari-kari, Henny-Penny and heigh-ho!
Hell’s bells! there’s hanky-panky, hootchie-kootchie, hobnob and hoo-haw
Hush-hush! knock-knock, NewYork NewYork, (its zip is fixed twixt MA and PA)
And jingle-jangle, jeepers-creepers, kow-tow, kiwi, and knick-knack.
HOT LINKS to WORD-PAIR PARODY LYRICS,here on the wordplay-poetry-lyrics blog "Edifying Nonsense" ...
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