Monday, 17 October 2016

Singable Limerick-Medley #3: A Visit to Chemainus, BC

POST #132
This blogpost is dedicated to P.H., with best holiday and BIRTHDAY wishes, December 2017.

SINGABLE LIMERICKS inspired by a recent visit to Vancouver Island's appealing east coast. 
ORIGINAL SONG: These verses can be sung to  "The Limerick Song", as in "The Flea and the Fly". See sactoGranny's recording on YouTube here. Additionally, it was realized that with a few mild modifications, the same lyrics could be sung to the ballad "Black Velvet Band" as sung by the Irish-Canadian band The Irish Rovers. ballad . A number of verses are displayed using this chord-sequence as well.
ORIGINAL LIMERICK VERSE:  Giorgio Coniglio, October 2016.

1. The Chemainus Suite (original limerick verses)
2. Nanaimo Bars
3. British Columbia
4. The Chemainus Suite (selected verses to the tune of "Black Velvet Band")

Lenora Mines at Mt. Sicker
Mural, Peter Bresnen
Chemainus Festival of Murals Society

Blog author inspecting the Historical Mural Series
Chemainus, B.C.

Local Resident Viewing the Mural
"Arrival of the Reindeer in Horseshoe Bay"
Chemainus, B.C.

"Second Chemainus Sawmill" muralist Bruce Rickett
Chemainus, B.C. (web-photo)

Rainbow over Ladysmith Harbour at Saltair
(village just north of Chemainus)

Ladysmith Harbour during a sunny interlude
 October, 2016. 


(to the tune of "The Limerick Song")

1. The industrial base of Chemainus
Its historical murals explain us 
A few ancestors thrived  (logging barely survived) --
Their respect for the land was disdainous.
   On Mt. Sicker o’erlooking the brine
Lived a miner with child Clementine. 
She ran off with a logger (as retold by this blogger),   
Took his liquor, and shoes number nine.      
   Gord, an eco-wise man near Chemainus
Panned for gold, an old tale to entrain us. 
But it’s not as you think -- he adored tin or zinc,   
But the ore he deplored was uranous. 
   Rex, a royalist chap from Chemainus
 Thought that monarchists’ views should constrain us.
 In his note to the Queen
 He expressed why he’s keen, 
  “Visit! Come over soon, for you reign us.”

2. Nanaimo Bars
3. British Columbia
4. The Chemainus Suite (selected verses to the tune of "Black Velvet Band")


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