Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Lament Regarding Alzheimer's Disease: "Where Has Neurosyphilis Gone?"

POST #52
PARODY-LYRICS
Pete Seeger, "America's tuning fork"
ORIGINAL SONG: "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" Pete Seeger 1955, also recorded by Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Marlene Dietrich, etc.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, June, 2014, performed at the CUJ (Corktown Ukulele Jam) Theme-Night, with photo here.

KEYWORDS: goldenoldy, medical


WHERE HAS NEUROSYPHILIS GONE?


(to the tune of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone")

Where is early Alzheimer’s?
Home-care agencies
Mod’rate cases, few years passed?
Fill long-term nursing homes
Weren’t some medications tried?
Functions slid and patients died;
Care system’s overburdened - 
When will we ever  learn?

Where has neurosyphilis gone,
Headstones fading?
Luetic stomping filled asylums
Long time ago.
Where Trep. pallidum would lurk,
Course of Penicillin works,
One thing we clearly learned
One thing we clearly learned.

Where is all the Wernicke’s
encephalopathy?
Confabulating, filling wards
I saw it long ago.
Malnourished boozers off the road
Saved by whopping thiamine load
Another thing we’ve learned 
A useful thing we’ve learned.

Hypothyroid mania?
 - Hormone treatment
Tots doomed by leukodystrophy?
 - Lorenzo’s oil
Polio? Almost gone, my son
- Vaccinated everyone.
Perhaps, few things we’ve learned?
I guess few things we’ve learned.

Where’s dementia research gone?
Some fills graveyards
Prod choline receptors? – seems not
Helpful in long term. 
Inhibit amyloid?
Doesn’t fill the treatment void.
Where’s that key thing to learn? 
Where’s that key thing to learn?
  
Where have “the Alzheimers’” gone ?
Home-care agencies.
Mod’rate cases, few years passed?
Fill long-term nursing homes.
Weren’t “preventive measures” done?
Gone to graveyards every one;
Care-system's overburdened - 
I hope someday we’ll learn.


Performing Notes

Asus4 = 2200;  F#m7 = 2424;  E6 = 4444; E7 = 4445; Gm7 = 0112; Cm7 = 3333; F6 = 5555; F7 = 5556 


INTRO: |A  A4  |x4

[A] Where is early [F#m7] Alzheimer’s?
[Bm7] Home-care [E6] agencies
[A] Mod’rate cases, [F#m7] few years passed?
Fill [Bm7] long-term [E6] nursing [E7] homes
[A]  Weren’t some [F#m7] medications tried?
[Bm7] Functions slid and [E6] patients died;
[Bm7] Care [E6] system’s [A] overburdened - 
[Bm7] When will we [E7] ever [A] learn? [A4] [A] [A4]

Final verse
[Bb] Where have “the [Gm7] Alzheimers’” gone ?
[Cm7]  Home-care [F6] agencies.
[Bb] Mod’rate cases, [Gm7] few years passed?
Fill [Cm7] long-term nursing [F6] homes. [F7]
[Bb] Weren’t “preventive [Gm7] measures” done?
[Cm7] Gone to [F6] graveyards every one;
[Cm7]  Care-[F6]-system's [Bb] overburdened - 
[Cm7] I hope some[F6]day [F7] we’ll [Bb] learn. [Bb4] [Bb] [Bb4]  [Bb]!



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