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Original Song Title:

"Obladi Oblada"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Ablative Absolute"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

Second’s an example of this Latin case
that’s irrelevant in today’s land.
Modern English comes from nearly every face—
that’s why the Second is so hard to understand.

Ablative Absolute today is moot
and causes much confusion.
Ablative Absolute now needs the boot…
a linguistic contusion.

Second has folks squalling and getting quite sore;
it is such an antiquated thing.
Founders steeped in classics in the days of yore,
when we had just got off of the tit of the king.

Ablative Absolute today is moot,
a source of great confusion.
Ablative Absolute’s applied to shoots,
which we do in profusion.

Over 200 years, much has changed here in our home.
The King’s English of long ago’s in shards,
yet still its words we intone.


There are many problems with this Latin case
by linguistic standards in our land.
Two unrelated clauses in Second’s space…
The comma makes it no less hard to understand.

Ablative Absolute should get the boot;
it’s a source of confusion.
Absolutely true: a militia shoots…
we’ve got them in profusion.

Over 200 years, much has changed here in our home.
Every segment of a sentence plays its part;
when it doesn’t, then we moan.


Harmony we’re after but can’t find a trace;
each side has let be known its steeled stand.
That said, we’re stuck with this ancient Latin case.
All things considered, it causes grief in the land.

Ablative Absolute helps bring on shoots.
And E Pluribus Unum?
Ablative Absolute’s caused verbal “shoots”
between interpretations.

Still haunting haunts of guns: Ablative Absolute.

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2Eagle - January 03, 2020 - Report this comment
Clever - I could hear Tom Lehrer singing this.
CML - January 04, 2020 - Report this comment
Havent had this much fun since my Latin IV class back at good ol' Santa Calpurnia Catholic High School

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