Saturday, 12 April 2014

A Multilingual Song: DOFigOFa Ooday

POST #34
CLASSIC SONG LYRICS, modified by partial translation
ORIGINAL SONG: "Diga Diga Doo", written by McHugh and Fields for the Broadway production "Blackbirds of 1928", recorded by Mills Brothers (with Duke Ellington orchestra), Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy etc. The song has achieved popularity as it has a very catchy tune and is suitable for scatting

View the earwormy You-Tube video by the BBVD band here, and the delightful animated version by John Colosetti here.

PARODY COMPOSED: translations added by Giorgio Coniglio, April 2014. You can view Giorgio's lyrics, without chords or images, on a parody-lyric website AmIRight.com here.

Notes on the OF (pron. 'oaf') Language: A large family of secret or minority languages is found in the linguistic group Gibberish, spoken most often among children and teenagers in North America, frequently in settings such as private schools and summer camps. Among these are instances in which an invariant sound (e.g. OF) is added to each syllable of the standard mother-language word, usually after the initial consonant (e.g. bad = bOFad). The language 'OF', apparently found only in parts of Ontario, seems under threat of extinction, as it has no recorded literature, and elderly speakers are reaching their senescence. The current posting is an effort to honor the history of OF, and possibly aid in its preservation. 

Notes on Pig Latin:  This is likely the most widely known children's language or language game. Although constructed language games know as hog-Latin and dog-Latin may have been know as early as Shakespeare's time, references to Pig Latin as we know it date from the 19th century. It is often stated but not confirmed that Thomas Jefferson wrote letters to friends in Pig Latin. However, ixnay and amscray as borrowed words are found in some English dictionaries, and PL has been credited by Google, which has a PL-translator tool, and in some partial translations of the Bible.  

PlayingNotes: To play the original song- Diga Diga Doo, check out my post of Dec 2, 2013, "Three Silly Songs for the Winter Doldrums" here.



DOFigOFa Ooday



(Updated Song Versions with Words in the OF Language, and in Pig Latin)


OF 
Intro: 
Am
OFoo-OFah, OFoo-OFah  x2

Am
ZOFulOFu mOFan, fOFeelOFing blOFue
..
Hear his heart go pit-a-pat too, singing
E7                                  Am
DOFigOFa, dOFigOFa, dOFoo 
E7                                    Am
DOFigOFa, dOFigOFa, doo

Am
YOFou lOFove mOFe, OFi lOFove yOFou
..
OF-speakers are often of an advanced age
And when you love it is natural to
E7                                   Am
DOFigOFa, dOFigOFa, dOFoo 
E7                                   Am
 DOFigOFa, dOFigOFa, doo

G7                                              C6
I'm so very dOFigOFa doo by nature
A7                                                       Dm
If you don't say dOFigOFa to your mate
              E7
You're losing yOFour pOFop.

       Am
So, let fOFunnOFy people smile
..
How can there be a virgin isle with
E7                                   Am
DOFigOFa, dOFigOFa, dOFoo 
E7                                   Am
 DOFigOFa, dOFigOFa, doo.

E7                                                                                    Am      Am!
 DOFigOFa, dOFigOFa, dOFigOFa, Big Bad Dad Voodoo-ooooooo!




Pig Latin 
Intro:
Am
ooAY-ahAY, ooAY-ahAY  x2

Am
Uluzay anmay, eelingfay ueblay
..
Hear his heart go tapping away, singing
E7                        Am
Igaday, igaday, ooday 
E7                         Am
Ooday ooday, igaday

Am
Ouyay ovelay emay, Iay -  ouyay
.. ..
And when you love it's natural to say
E7                        Am
Igaday, igaday, ooday 
E7                         Am
Ooday ooday, igaday


G7                                              C6
I'm so very ooday igaday by nature
A7                                                       Dm
If you don't say ooday ooday to your mate
              E7
You're losing ouryay oppay.

       Am
So, let those unnyfay people smile
..
How can there be a virgin isle with
E7                        Am
Igaday, igaday, ooday 
E7                         Am
Ooday ooday, igaday

E7                                                             Am      Am!
 Igaday, igaday, igaday, igaday, HOORRAY !




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