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Song Parodies -> "Chaos Revisited"

Original Song Title:

"Limbo Rock"

Original Performer:

Chubby Checker

Parody Song Title:

"Chaos Revisited"

Parody Written by:

Giorgio Coniglio's Grandson

The Lyrics

“The Chaos” is a poem written by the Dutch writer and English-teacher Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité 1870 – 1946, as a comment on the difficulty of English pronunciation. The work was published by the author in various versions over the period 1921 to 1944; it has frequently appeared unattributed and re-edited. I have made changes quite liberally in the poem in adapting it including 1) removing lines with dated language, and giving priority to American rather than British pronunciation 2) making it singable, including a touch of lilting Caribbean grammar in relation to the OS 3) changing the politically incorrect context with the implied female character now serving as the inspiration, and language expert 4) creating some thematic stanzas based on the subject matter of the problematic words.
Greatest creature God create -
Teacher, please enunciate.
Show how sounds should auscultate
Make my head to oscillate
Heat up versions in your verse
Words like corpse, corps, horse, hoarse, hearse
Tear in eye, tear dress and worse
Tersely parse, or pierce your purse.

History of a billet-doux -
Still a mystery to me, Sue
Why a busy quasi-poet
On excuse like me do dote
It's enough, you found in jiff
I'm not into petroglyphs,
Aural fore-play that you wrote
Oar or ore, rose, rows my boat.

Fair seer, swear, I fear compare
Health, heard, here’s my heartfelt prayer,
Sword and Britain, sweaty mitt
Seems so foreign, how it's writ
'Bidded' better said then 'bade'?
Play-played, bad, pay-paid, laid plaid.
I'll be careful how I speak,
Like: brush, bush, steak, streak, break, bleak.

Bullet matches not ballet,
Wallet, mallet (for croquet).
Blood and wood are not good food
Nor is mould like cowed or mooed.
Diet, dies, alive, grieve, live
Wounded, rounded, ivy, sieve
Privy, famous, clamor, damn!
Rhymes with claim, enamor, clam

Allow hallowed, said aloud
People, leopard, towed, plowed, proud
Fetal, channel and banal
Promise and surprise canal
Monkey, donkey, shirk and jerk
Ask, grasp, wasp and cork and work
Doctrine, asinine, pristine
Mouth, youth, southern, cleanse lens clean

One, won, only, onion, owe
Two, canoe, too often throw
Four, fork, forty, flour, folk
Eight, weight, wait, faint, feint, weird, woke
No one, none, knot, nothing, love
Some, sum, shore, shone, seldom, shove
Many mania meant amends
Few refined fiends find true friends.

Brother, older, bother both
Sister, cistern, system, oath
Father, fatter, falter, fault
Mother, macho, mutter, malt
Daughter, laughter, draft and drought
Son, soup, shoulder, shouldn't shout
Niece and nephew, office, police
Lice, delicious, peace, release.

Winter, women, whine and dyne
Spring, sigh, singer, ginger, sign
Summer, comer, hymn and thyme
Autumn, fallow, climate, climb
Whether, weather, ware and tare
Front, from, font, and fowl or fare
Mown, grown, sod in Heaven – odd!
Even I am over-awed.

Limbo guys like Gene and John
Dance all night with Jean and Dawn
Just like movies that you've seen
Guests lean back, view groovy scene
Choose loose clothes to cruise the show
Limbo, how low you can go?
Limber ladies – limbs can seize
Please don't freeze and squeeze your knees.

Accent hard to get correct
As in current or connect
Segment, portrait they portray
Moray, banquet and filet
Insight, inquest and intent
Recent recipe, cement
Exit or exist, exude
Concert, conquest and conclude.

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Pacing: 2.4
How Funny: 2.4
Overall Rating: 2.4

Total Votes: 8

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    Pacing How Funny Overall Rating
 1   4
 2   1
 3   1
 4   0
 5   2

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Jonathan - June 29, 2015 - Report this comment
wonder what's with all the lower votes? I mean sure it maybe a little longer than the OS as with your previous work "Inferno Canto #4" but that's kind of understandable given the materials being parodied! 5's
Ghoti - June 29, 2015 - Report this comment
Great text for advanced English class. Especially ESL (English as Second Language) learners. I enjoyed the humor, or is it humour?
Al Silver - June 29, 2015 - Report this comment
Tell Grandpa
1. He's a lowdown Canuck and I have to terminate him right after I eliminate some bankrupt Greeks.
2. I looked up the original and, in many ways, this parody is better. However, the original has the rockin' "trickery/Terpsichore."
3. I broke the crown on a second molar while reading the parody aloud. You owe me big time.
4. I need a third physician's signature to qualify for euthanasia under Belgian law. Ask Grandpa if he'd oblige me.
5. I know for a fact that he helped you a lot on this parody.
6. I gave both of you 5s.
GC'sG - July 28, 2015 - Report this comment
@Al S. Glad that you enjoyed this piece despite my having played down the trickery. Enclosed is a check for your dental treatment.

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