Sunday, 9 August 2015

Thanks to Tom Lehrer#6: The Reduplications, Singable Lexicon A to K.

POST #86
PARODY-LYRICS
ORIGINAL SONG: "The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, July 2015.

KEYWORDS: goldenoldy, language


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. 
The original posting of The Lesson, and this subsequent posting of The Lexicon will contain a total of over 250 examples of reduplication.


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.


Foreword: A Reprise of The Singable Lesson
I’m so enthralled with lyrics – their inherent musicality
I love the words I’ve heard, for both their quantity and quality.
And so I’ll share with you this recent lexic revela-ation –
My favorite word-device goes by the name ‘reduplica-ation’.


LEXICON of REDUPLICATIONS  A to K

(to the tune of "The Elements" - Tom Lehrer)

There’s achy-breaky, artsy-fartsy, bigwig, BB, and aye-aye
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-
-eyFolderol 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. 
                       
And holy moly!  hoity-toityhip-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)
Ill will, and itsy-bitsy, heyday, juju, bass-ackward blackjack
And jingle-jangle, jeepers-creeperskow-tow, kiwi, and knick-knack


Ta-Dah !!!

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I seem to be addicted to this "OS" (original song) as a vehicle for parodies. Try using the search function at the top of the page ("Lehrer" will get you there) to review the 4 previous submissions of this type.

You can play/sing Tom Lehrer's original patter-song, The Elements, by checking out Corktunes, the songbook of the Corktown Ukulele Jam here. The chord-charts have the alternate-line superscript format that many ukers find preferable.

Lehrer had adapted the melody from "The Major General's Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance". There are 3 somewhat different melodies/chord-sequences used in alteration through the GandS song, and in Lehrer's derived take-off. 


















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