Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Bob Dylan Sings Limerick-Lyrics: A Simple Twist of Verse

POST #127
PARODY-LYRICS, based on traditional poetry (limericks)
ORIGINAL SONG: "Simple Twist of FateBob Dylan 1975; covers by Diana Krall and Sean Costello are recommended.
ORIGINAL POETRY: At Wikipedia you can find a discussion of limericks dealing with the 'man from Nantucket'; click here.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, June 2016.

KEYWORDS: goldenoldy, wordplay, poetry, traditional.


(to the tune of "A Simple Twist of Fate") 

There was a family from Nantuck-
-et; Pa kept cash hid in a buck-
-et; 'Til one day his daughter took
it; Daughter name of Nan.
She ran off with a man.
Pa hoped things might reverse, 
And watched out for a simple twist of verse. 

Pa followed couple to Pawtuck-
-et; - Little Nan, and cash-filled buck-
-et; Just before old Pa retook
 it; He said to the man,
"You're welcome to keep Nan."
He uttered a terse curse,
And moved off with a simple twist of verse. 

The couple trailed him to Manhass-
-et; (Pa held cash there as an ass-
-et); Pail in question? Now man has
it; They stole cash and ran -
Nan with her new man - 
She stuffed it in her purse
And forgot about a simple twist of verse.

They had a neighbor from Nantuck-
-et; On the island he was stuck;
Bad reputation, couldn't chuck
it; Based on body build - 
Girls found him too 'strong-willed',
(More details seem perverse), 
Brought on by a simple twist of verse.

A flea and fly within a flue - 
Felt flustered, they were in a stew
Didn't know just what to do
And finally they saw - 
The flue had a flagrant flaw
To flee or fly -  no worse
Than to fuss with a simple twist of verse. 

A gross, a dozen and a score
Plus three times the square-root of four,
Divide by seven no whit more,
Then add eleven fives,
And hope your brain survives;
That's nine squared, per Leigh Merce-
-er*; Cited in this twisted limerick verse. 

People say it makes them sick
To hear too many limericks.
I fear it has become my shtick
But now I've lost the knack
With no good jokes to crack - 
A tendency perverse;
Blame it on a simple twist of verse.

* Leigh Mercer, author of the underlying mathematical limerick, is best known for his palindrome, "A man, a plan, a canal, Panama"

Performing Notes

The funky line-breaks are intentional, and seem to add to the fun.


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