Monday, 29 December 2014

French Grammar Song: Maux-De-Texte

POST #62
PARODY-LYRICS,  see also the previous posts on this blog.
ORIGINAL SONG: "Do-Re-Mi", Rodgers and Hammerstein 1959, performed by Julie Andrews and the cast of "The Sound of Music".
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, December 2014.

KEYWORD: showtune, multicultural, goldenoldy


French Version of the Musical
MAUX-DE-TEXTE

 (to the tune of "Do-Re-Mi")

Let's start with French plural noun endings
It's a place to exert finesse,
To easy ones you just add an 's'
For others you may need to guess.

Think of 'x' - plural 'x'.
To avoid vexatious maux de texte
Think of 'x' - plural 'x'.

A few, a crew, a slew, beaucoup. 

(Spoken) Let's see if I can make it 'x'-y (rhymes with sexy)!


Joujoux - they're often soft and doux
Poux  - louse, plural, not so nice
Genoux - to kneel on both your knees
Bijoux - the slang is 'bling' or 'ice'
Hiboux - so unlike 'ox' or 'fox'
Choux - for cabbage in kings' stew
Cailloux - a slew of river rocks
That will bring us back to doux

Trous, clous, sous, fous, bayous, voyous! 

When you pluralize your nouns,
Mostly you don't change their sounds.
(Repeated by Maria while the children parade and sing the next verse)

Yeux - weird plural word for 'eye'
Chevaux - with riders à cheval
Travaux - projets où on travaille
Fataux - mot fautif for 'fatals'
Roux - a single type of sauce
Voix - for chorus or solo
Toux - for one or all the coughs,
 That will  bring us back to faux!

Yeux, oeil, fataux, roux, voix, toux - faux !



Performing Notes


Let's [C] start with French [G] plural noun [C] endings
It's a [C] place to ex[G]ert fin[C]esse,
To [F] easy [C] ones you just add [G] an [C] 's'
For [F] others you may [C] need [G] to [C] guess.

Think [G] of [C] 'x' - [G] plural [C] 'x'.
To [F] avoid vexatious [C] maux de texte
Think [G] of [C] 'x' - [G] plural [C] 'x'.

[F]  A few, a [Dm] crew, a [G7] slew, beau[C]coup. 
(Spoken) Let's see if I can make it 'x'-y (rhymes with sexy)!


Jou[C]joux - they're often soft and doux
[G7] Poux  - louse, plural, not so nice
 Ge[C]noux - to kneel on both your knees
 Bi[F]joux - the slang is 'bling' or 'ice'
Hi[C]boux - so [C7] unlike 'ox' or [F] 'fox'
[D7] Choux - for cabbage in kings' [G] stew
Cai[E7]lloux - a slew of river [Am] rocks
That will [F] bring  [Dm] us [G7] back to [C] doux

[F]  Trous, clous, sous, [Dm] fous, ba[G7]yous, vo[C]yous! [C]! 

[C] When you [F] plura[C]lize your [G] nouns,
[C] Mostly [F] you don't [Am] change [G] their [C] sounds.

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