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Song Parodies -> "Lingo's Latin, Less a Few"

Original Song Title:

"Little Latin Lupe Lu"

Original Performer:

MItch Ryder/Righteous Brothers

Parody Song Title:

"Lingo's Latin, Less a Few"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

Latin nouns (including proper nouns and pronouns) have seven cases: nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, ablative, vocative, and locative. Another gift of Latin to German is three genders for nouns and pronouns: masculine, feminine, neuter.
Talkin' seven cases;
Learnin' Latin's loony; who
Has left us cases traces?
Not the Latin-lingos crew.
German puts you through the paces--
It's like Latin, minus two.

If you wanna do the Deutsch,
Then you'd better buckle down,
Be a rah-rah student.
If you rest, you're gonna frown,
At best; at worst, drives you crazy.
I said "Latin minus two"?

Bad at Latin, German, math too--
Make that, make that, yeah, "minus three."
Four cases in that crazy
Language where "you" is "Sie" and "du,"
Also "ihr";* just like Twain said:

"Awful language"; syntax--whew!

First you got the nominative
Then accusative. ("J'accuse,"
Said a Frenchmen in case Dreyfus**
[Meaning "three feet" in four-case fuss]
Only one case did he use.)
Finally, genitive and dative.
Lingo's Latin, less a few.


*In fairness to German, Castilian Spanish has tĂș, usted, vosotros, and ustedes.

**Emil Zola (1840-1902) risked his career and even his life on January 13, 1898, when his "J'accuse" was published on the front page of the Paris daily, L'Aurore. "J'accuse" accused the French government of anti-Semitism and of wrongfully placing Jewish army captain Alfred Dreyfus in jail. Zola declared that the conviction and transportation of Dreyfus to Devil's Island came after a false accusation of espionage and a miscarriage of justice. Zola was tried for libel on February 7, 1898, and was convicted on February 23. The case (so to speak) was known as the Dreyfus affair. The name Dreyfus is a variant on the German Drei Fuesse, "three feet." Mark Twain's essay "The Awful German Language" takes the contorted tongue to task.

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Lionel Mertens - October 25, 2006 - Report this comment
German is verboten to me. 5's
alvin rhodes - October 25, 2006 - Report this comment
my favorite of the day....the combo of the goofy melody and your new lyrics just bent my brain
TJC - October 25, 2006 - Report this comment
Very funny and your intellect shines ... E pluribus JABpun... from one... many fine Barry parodies!
John Barry - October 25, 2006 - Report this comment
Thanks much, Lionel, Alvin, TJC.
Yoidy - October 25, 2006 - Report this comment
I'm glad I never took Latin. 5's guy. Can't resist saying, "If you wanna do the Douche"

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