Monday, 17 August 2015

Thanks to Tom Lehrer#8: More Alliterative Binomials

POST #89
PARODY-LYRICS; a followup to post #80.
ORIGINAL SONG"The Elements", Tom Lehrer, 1959.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, August, 2015.
WORDPLAY LINK: For a discussion of binomials (irreversible word pairs), and a compendium of alliterative pairs go to this post on our companion blog, Giorgio's Weekly Wordplay".

KEYWORDS: goldenoldy, language





This song represents a followup to post #80. If you are new to the site, or  have forgotten in the interim, it is essential to understand the property of "binomials" in order to understand the importance of the lyrics. Some explanation of the nature of these wonderful and pervasive expressions is given in the "Supplement" slides.

To enhance the singability, I have arbitrarily skewed my selection of binomial pairs for this song to emphasize those that have alliteration of the 2 elements. Other postings will deal with binomial whose elements rhyme, and those that are used/abused  in "legalese". It should be noted that "reduplications", also the subject of several posts on this blog are a related but separated type of phrase.   


 To view the previous postings on this site, search the site for "Tom Lehrer" 
You can also view the earlier songs' lyrics and commentary (without images or chords)  displayed on a parody-lyrics website at AmIRight.com Post "No Elements"(a song about Latin nouns), or at  AmIRight.com Post "Of Residents and Presidents" , (a song dealing with mispronunciation of the word 'nuclear'). 
Tom Lehrer

WARNING!  Do not attempt to sing this at the pace of a patter-song. The management of this blog will take no responsibility for any injuries sustained.





MORE ALLITERATIVE PAIRS 
(Irreversible Binomials)

(to the tune of "The Elements", per Tom Lehrer) 

Dungeons and Dragons, dark and dank, and dear departed, do or die
And cliques and clans,  and kith and kin, and bag and baggage, flee and fly
Head over heels, and belle and beau, Beauty and Beast, and two for tea
And mind and matter, mine and mill, and flew through flue, the fly and flea. 

There’s vim and vigor, pain or pleasure, fast and furious, slow but sure
And watching waiting, safe or sorry, walking wounded, kill or cure
And grins and giggles, hems and haws, and his and hers, guys gals or dolls
And quake and quiver, black and blue, right wrong, St. Peter and St. Paul. 

There’s stress and strain, and short and stout, and scratch and save, and shirts and shorts
Shoes socks, and art and artifice, and toil and trouble, tarts and tortes
And read and write, bold beautiful, and beg or borrow, this-and-thats
Moon o'er Miami, baked and battered, where or when, and heads and hats.

There's prince and pauper, prim and proper, pots and pans, and put-upon 
And drunken and disorderly, warp woof, wrack ruin, and AlAnon.
The order of paired elements - important? yes, no, may-aybe;
Be careful not to throw out the bathwater with the ba-aby.

Yet, slip and slide, not hair nor hide, the definition gets defied, 
Like 'Prejudice' before the 'Pride', so 'side by side' is classified
With home sweet home, rose is a rose, eye for an eye, and nose to nose - 
These phrases pose the gap to close that spaces poetry from prose.


There's Jack and Jill, from dusk 'til dawn, bumper to bumper, inch by inch,
And first and foremost, hand in hand, with spice and sugar, just a pinch.
What's right is right, what's fair is fair, said more and more by Mo-other,
From sea to shining sea, if it's not one thing, it's ano-other. 











Performing Notes: 

You can play/sing Tom Lehrer's original patter-song, The Elements,  by checking  ouCorktunes, 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.

My suggestion for the first 3 verses of the patter-list portion of this parody are shown here, but adapt them as you like! Incidentally, the Eb7 chord may look formidable to some - just use the barred version of D7 one fret higher, than slide back for the D7 that follows!
Pick or strum the way you like, but I have enjoyed the 3,(12),4,(12) picking pattern, continuing  through from line to line, except for an index finger 4-string flourish at the end of all the lines of the minor-tone verses, and in lines 3 and 4 of the other verses.










































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