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Song Parodies -> "Novel Melodies for Singing Limericks (A Medley)"

Original Song Title:

"A Medley"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Novel Melodies for Singing Limericks (A Medley)"

Parody Written by:

Dr Giorgio Coniglio dec

The Lyrics

This oeuvre was stimulated when the organizer of a weekly open-mike asked a frequent performer to desist from singing his limerick verses to the same old tune based on 'Cielita Linda'. Each entry here results from efforts to set the classic clean Nantucket limerick to pop music and other well known tunes. For each example, the first verse of the original provided a template for fitting the lyrics and/or theme of the doggerel verse. The first example uses the lyrics of that iconic limerick with minimal change, whereas for some of the others, maintaining the gist of limerick story required tortuous manipulation.
1. "WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW" 1960 (Carole King pop hit)
There once was a man from Nantucket,
Who kept all his cash in a bucket,
Til his daughter named Nan / ran away with a man
And as for the bucket – Nan took it.

2. "SUMMERTIME", 1935 (from George Gershwin's 'folk-opera' "Porgy and Bess")
Summer resident who lived on Nantucket:
All his cash he dumped in a bucket to hide,
Til his daughter Nan / ran away with a Mande
And as for the bucket, “She took it!”, he cried.

3. "HOME ON THE RANGE",1872 (U.S., ‘traditional’)
A cowboy came west from Nantucket, invested
His cash in a saddle and bucket;
Sad, his daughter named Nan / rode away with a ranch-hand
And as for the saddle – Nan took it.

4. "The ANNIVERSARY SONG", 1946 (adapted by Al Jolson from a 'traditional' Romanian waltz)
The sad story of Stan from Nantucket,
Who stowed all his stash in a bucket:
Hell, his partner named Jan / ran away with friend Anne.
And their plan? Well, Stan’s bucket – they took it.

5. "SANTA LUCIA", 1849 (‘traditional’ Italian, also adapted by Elvis Presley 1965)
A foolish old pack-rat who lived on Nantucket,
Stored cash in his little boat, hid in a bucket.
One day his daughter Nan / Sailed off with an older man,
'Barchetta mia', and bucket - Nan took it.

6. "OCHI CHORNYE", 1884 ("DARK EYES" – ‘traditional’ Russian)
Once was oligarch from Nantucket
Stuck all cash in pail. Tax? He’d duck it.
But his daughter Nan / Had a man with plan --
Informed KGB, then stole bucket.

7. "ODE TO JOY" ("AN DIE FREUDE"; adapted by L. von Beethoven for his Ninth Symphony from a poem by Friedrich Schiller)
In a case that Freud had mentioned,
Dwayne hid fortune in a can.
Daughter Joy found lottery prize,
Then filched his bucket; off she ran.

8. THE SLOOP ‘JOHN B’, 1958 (traditional Bahamian, recorded by Kingston Trio)
My Grandpa felt out of luck: on Nantucket he was stuck,
So credit cards and cash he hid in a pail,
Til his daughter Nan / rowed off with her man.
They’d plucked Pop's bucket, but now they’re in jail.
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