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Song Parodies -> "A (Concise) Meditation on Flirtation"

Original Song Title:

"Sweet Betsy From Pike (abbreviated)"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"A (Concise) Meditation on Flirtation"

Parody Written by:

Stan Hall

The Lyrics

Yeah, yeah, I realize that the OS is a folk ballad that typically tells its tale in at least a dozen more verses than are here. For this quickie, tho', I'm borrowing tune only, not structure. The rhymes I originally concocted (in a very slightly different form) some years ago within the context of an extended cyberepistolary discourse -- what the Hemingway-ites out there would snoresomely settle for terming an email exchange -- conducted for fun entirely in such doggerel. It occurred to me then, and again during this morning's commute, that these particular lines could be sung reasonably non-distortively to Sweet Betsy's tune, so for what they're worth, I offer'em here. (As-is; since the pair says all I meant to say on the topic, adding stanzas merely to mimic the OS structure or to indulge an oft-exhibited passion for "catalog songs" seemed pointless.)
“A (Concise) Meditation on Flirtation”

If one beckon’s brassy, one coy and demure
what the first one may tempt, number two can secure;
A function inversely,
math’matics says, tersely,
Links the push of flirtation to the pull of its lure.

Still, as old Lewis Carroll had more than one trick
-- with language and logic was equally slick --
more ratios than one
‘neath Horatio’s sun
can develop relations between Jane and Dick.

© Stan Hall Geez -- the prefatory comments outstretch the %*&*$* _song_! :-)

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Pacing: 4.6
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Total Votes: 5

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John Barry - January 31, 2008 - Report this comment
Short and sweet take on "Sweet."
alvin - January 31, 2008 - Report this comment
don't know the OS but it read beautifully as prose
LittleCupCakes - January 31, 2008 - Report this comment
555 Sir, from this HemingWay-ista!
AFW - January 31, 2008 - Report this comment
Well done tricky quicky...Not too many of us have done this old folk tune...five, now...I tackled it a couple years ago

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