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Song Parodies -> "Limericks"

Original Song Title:

"Jimmy Mack"

Original Performer:

Martha and the Vandellas

Parody Song Title:


Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

Limerick, cinque,
oh, limerick, it is my favorite shtik.
Limerick lingua,
oh, limericks are how I get my kicks.
Three A lines, B’s are two,
an anapestic purview.
Five lines is all that you do;
to clean humor, “adieu!”
Yeah, my joy is writin’ ’em down.
“There once was. . . .” often the starting sound.

Oh, lingua limer’,
oh, limerick, it is my favorite shtik.
Lingua limer’,
oh, limericks are how I get my kicks.

Use puns and homophones, the former holding sway.
It’s an art, I’m telling you, despite what some say.
When you start, you’ll soon be through;
line count never strays.
That count is always gonna be cin-co;
it is what keeps the form trim. So. . .
Limber lingua,
those limericks are what give me my kicks.
Yes, limericks stir—
these limericks, they stir me to the quick.
Oh, I love ’em, love lots of ’em.

The form’s OK; it cannot be any longer;
sixth line couldn’t be any wronger.
Iambs would make me rue;
those limerick lines need three beats, not two.

Oh, limber lingua.
Ban a line six…doin’ limericks.
Sixers—nix, sir!
No limerick would ever go to six.
Oh, I love ’em; limericks
give me my favorite kicks.
I gotta say that the urge is getting stronger:
I can’t hold out very much longer.
Mo’ limericks gotta get written quick….

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Pacing: 5.0
How Funny: 5.0
Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 7

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 5   7

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Rob Arndt - January 18, 2017 - Report this comment
555! You must have submitted a lot to Playboy magazine back in the day ;-)
JAB - January 18, 2017 - Report this comment
Didn't, Rob. But they had great ones then.
Rob Arndt - January 18, 2017 - Report this comment
JAB, do you remember Playboy's Little Annie Fanny cartoon and Penthouse's rip-off Oh, Wicked Wanda? Those were the days ;-)
Giorgio Coniglio - January 18, 2017 - Report this comment
According to an extensive on-line limerick dictionary (, a work-in-progress, with almost 100,000 verses) ... "The mental disorder in which sufferers feel endlessly compelled to write innumerable limericks might be dubbed limerrhea, hyperlimerosis, or more simply, limerick addiction. .. ./ It's addictively frequent extrusion / Of short verses not void of confusion — / Three rhymes 'A', and two 'B'. Ah! / Could be called 'limerrhea', / For a lexicon lacking conclusion. /" ... Welcome to the club. 5s.
Larry Hensley - January 18, 2017 - Report this comment
We learned about these back in high school. There once was a song that got 5's...
Callmelennie - January 19, 2017 - Report this comment
Wicked Wanda was a rip off of Little Annie Fanny? That never occured to me, mostly because, as a young adult growing up in that time, it never occurred to me to even look at a Penthouse magazine (Ba doom tsssh!)
CML - January 19, 2017 - Report this comment
I dont know if Wicked Wanda was a ripoff Of Annie Fanny, Rob, but I do know that I would have loved to have ripped off the panties of either one of them
Rob Arndt - January 19, 2017 - Report this comment
Maybe not a direct rip-off, but a definite rival that used to include making fun of Little Annie Fanny as having fake balloon breasts and buttocks! Also, a B-17G at Eglin (44-83863) had its nose painted with Wicked Wanda:

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