Wednesday, 30 April 2014

A Ballad of Hospital Restructuring: Mergerwocky

POST #37
PASTICHE with PARODY-LYRICS, dedicated to JJH for his 39+th birthday
ORIGINAL SONG: "The House of the Rising Sun" as recorded by "The Animals" 1964, and covered by many others. The original song was a "traditional" folk-piece, first adapted by Roy Acuff, also recorded as a folk-song by Woodie Guthrie, Lead Belly, the Weavers, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. 
PARODY LYRICS:  "Mergerwocky", G. Hurwitz, published in the Western News, 2000, and more recently posted on a parody-lyrics website. This poetic parody draws inspiration from Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky.
ORIGINAL POEM: "Jabberwocky", Lewis Carroll, 1871; the poem was included in the children's novel "Through the Looking Glass" in 1871.    
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, 2014. Some changes in the lyrics from the published version of Mergerwocky were necessary to fit the target song.

KEYWORDS: pastiche, classicsong, Canadian, medical


(to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun")

Restructure! so the i.v. teams
Reclaimed recycled waste.
De-focused were the laser beams
And the closed wards outplaced.

"Beware the Mergertalks, my son!
St Joe's won't bite Council lunch!
Beware the Job-Job bird, and shun
The clawbacking Budgetcrunch.   

He shook his VPs' golden hands:
A business plan he maps,
Then spreadshot he by the Lap-Top key
And synchronized his apps.  

And  as in upsized thought stood he,
The Mergerwock, error-claimed
Came sniffling through the OPD,
De-listing as it came.

Old site! New Site! And deep in debt:
The shuttle-bus shuffled wards.
"Let's integrate, new Mission state!"
He e-mailed to the Board. 

"And hast thou done the Merger-deal?"
A mix of cheers and snarls;
"Come to Grand Rounds, my deanish boys
At the Princess-Di-and-Charles". 

'Twas Wednesday; at the clubhouse bar
Griped Rae-dayed Docs anew,
"Our Conjoint Foursomes shoot near par,
But the Brass still play through, 
But the Brass still play through !"

Performing Notes

To play the original song, House of the Rising Sun, (Animals' version), check out Corktunes, the songbook of the Corktown Ukulele Jam here.

Intro: = | Am | C   | D    | F   |
              | Am | E7 | Am | E7 |   

"Re[Am]structure!"  - [C] so the [D] i.v. [F] teams
Re[Am]claimed re[C]cycled [E7] waste. [E7+5]
De-[Am]focused [C] were the [D] laser [F] beams
And the [Am] closed [E7] wards out[Am]placed.

|C    |D   |F    |F   |
        |Am |E7 |Am |E7 |  

"Be[Am]ware the [C] Merger[D]talks, my [F] son!
St [Am] Joe's won't [C] bite Council [E7] lunch!  [E7+5]
Be[Am]ware the [C] Job-Job [D] bird, and [F] shun
The [Am] clawbacking [E] Budget[Am]crunch.   


after 4th verse......
(organ solo; harmonica or kazoo also might work) )
|Am  |C   |D   |F      |
|Am  |C   |E7 |E7+5|
|Am  |C   |D   |F      |
|Am  |E7 |Am|E7    |   x2 

You might actually prefer (as I do),  the 4/4 time version of the song, fingerpicked more slowly on the ukulele. If so, you might enjoy this more folky introduction to the parody..........

There is a song 'bout New Orleans
'The House of the Rising Sun',
Despite the cover by The Animals,
4/4 time's how I like it done. 

With a melody so wistful
And it's rhythm not too fast
As a vehicle for parody
Its role is unhsurpassed. 

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