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Song Parodies -> "A Simple Twist of Verse"

Original Song Title:

"Simple Twist of Fate"

Original Performer:

Bob Dylan

Parody Song Title:

"A Simple Twist of Verse"

Parody Written by:

Giorgio Coniglio's Grandson

The Lyrics

Although the original is a Bob Dylan song, the covers by Diana Krall and Sean Costello available on Youtube are recommended so you can appreciate the melody. At Wikipedia you can find a discussion and the appropriate examples for LIMERICKS dealing with the 'man from Nantucket'.
There was a family from Nantuck-
-et; Pa kept cash hid in a buck-
-et; 'Til one day his daughter took
it; Daughter name of Nan.
She ran off with a man.
Pa felt things might get worse,
And watched out for a simple twist of verse.

Pa followed couple to Pawtuck-
-et; - Little Nan, and cash-filled buck-
-et; Just before old Pa retook
it; He said to the man,
"You're welcome to keep Nan."
He uttered a terse curse,
And moved off with a simple twist of verse.

The couple trailed him to Manhass-
-et; (Pa held cash there as an ass-
-et); Pail in question? Now man has
it; They stole cash and ran -
Nan with her new man -
She stuffed it in her purse
And forgot about a simple twist of verse.

They had a neighbor from Nantuck-
-et; On the island he was stuck;
Bad reputation, couldn't chuck
it; Based on body build -
Girls found him too 'strong-willed',
Which fate could not reverse,
Brought on by a simple twist of verse.

A flea and fly within a flue -
Felt flustered, they were in a stew
Didn't know just what to do
And finally they saw -
The flue had a flagrant flaw
To flee or fly - no worse
Than to fuss with a simple twist of verse.

People say it makes them sick
To hear too many limericks.
I fear it has become my shtick
But now I've lost the knack
With no good jokes to crack -
A tendency perverse;
Blame it on a simple twist of verse.
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Rick Lime - June 30, 2016 - Report this comment
Here's another Dylanesque stanza for you, based on a limerick by the mathematician Leigh Mercer. Mercer, of course, is best known for his famous palindrome, "A man, a plan, a canal - Panama" ....... / A gross, a dozen and a score / Plus three times the square-root of four / Divide by seven no whit more / Then add eleven fives / And hope your brain survives; / That's nine squared, per Leigh Merc- / -er; Cited in this twisted limerick verse. /
Peter Andersson - July 02, 2016 - Report this comment
Going round the corner of a line/lines like that has always been an emergency solution for me - interresting idea to do it so consistent.
Rick Lime - July 06, 2016 - Report this comment
And here's another Dylanesque distortion, based on the well-known limerick "Relativity". The original verse was published anonymously in 'Punch' in 1923, eventually attributed to Canadian professor A. Buller. ...... / A lady traveller, named Miss Bright / Exceeded 'c', the speed of light, / Returned fom trips the previous night / She'd started the next day / In a relative way (hardly seemed she'd been away) / That's Einstein's universe / Reflected in a twisted limerick verse.
Rick Lime - July 06, 2016 - Report this comment
And yet another, this one based on "Fragonard", a darker vision lurking among the many well-loved poems by humorist Ogden Nash.... / There was a miser name of Clare- / -ence, simonized both of his pare- / ents; found initial cost of care / Immense, but still declared, / He'd save on wear- and tear- / -ance. Humor which emerges / Darkly from O. Nash's limerick verse. /
Rick Lime - July 07, 2016 - Report this comment
/ " I love man" - sole exclama- / -tion; Of a young lady high in sta- / -tion; "Isle of Man" her explana- / -tion. "You flatter", men believed. / But, yes, they were deceived. / "No matter", if she flirts / As she relates in this Lewis Carroll verse. /
Rick Lime, yet again - July 10, 2016 - Report this comment
Another verse modified from Ogden Nash: .... / A brave girl of Connecticut / Flagged the train with her petticut / Some folks deplored her lack of / Eticutte, some more inclined / To laud her presence of mind - / Debate in which immersed / Her critics, in this twisted limerick verse. /
haiku-writer - July 12, 2016 - Report this comment
/ An old man from Nantucket / Daughter, bucket, cash. / Such are the issues of life. /
Rick Lime - September 03, 2016 - Report this comment
And another Based on Ogden Nash's original../ A young southern belle of Natchez / Whose garments always were in patches - / She divulged she itched but scratches / If the need arose; / Played havoc with her clothes / Which stitching could reverse / Apart from this simple twist of verse. /

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