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Song Parodies -> "Auld Lang's Sine"

Original Song Title:

"Auld Lang Syne"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"Auld Lang's Sine"

Parody Written by:

Giorgio Coniglio

The Lyrics

With thanks for inspiration to Phil Alexander.
A clever Scot, Auld Simon Lang
Rests in a box o’ pine;
His contributions near-forgot -
‘E invented Auld Lang’s Sine.

Dreamed up the trig’s big Sine, and its
Gude cos’n bright an’ fine;
[One minus (Lang’s-Sine)squared], my dear,
Its square-root – Auld Lang’s Cosine.

And though his mind did grow less clear,
His concept’s been refined –
One o’er t’other – Tangent, dear
Derived frae Auld Lang’s Sine.

And at the end, his sight grown dim
Ideas still implant –
Turned on its head, Auld Lang’s Cosine,
We know as Auld Lang’s Secant.

His final word, “Cotangent”,
Then his soul was carried up;
So kindly pass the pi, my dear,
And to Lang we’ll drink a cup.

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Pacing: 2.0
How Funny: 1.9
Overall Rating: 2.0

Total Votes: 26

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 3   0
 4   2
 5   5

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Sinusoid Sufferer - January 29, 2015 - Report this comment
This has the rhythm and daffiness of Ogden Nash. I think it would be better to omit the clumsy formula to convert sine to cosine. The pacing gets upset and the necessary brackets are in the visual, not singing, domain. I'd give you a good score, but can't figure out how to fill in the bubbles. I tried a No. 2 pencil.
Giorgio Coniglio - January 29, 2015 - Report this comment
Thanks, Sufferer; My human handler, a retired MD, expresses his condolence if you are afflicted with the rare hepatic veno-occlusive disease, wondered if you meant, "sinusitis" instead. BTW, the work is actually based on writings of the more obscure poet Ogaden Gnash. I mistakenly left out the final refrain; you can make up your own version, e.g., "For Auld Lang's Sine .... " etc - just be sure to mention "Simon". GioLio
Review Master - January 29, 2015 - Report this comment
Sorry, but this comes across as thrown together uninspired junk with intent to copy Mr. Barry's writing style and terminology. Sorta like a bad B-side of an old Indie 45 record!
John Jenkins - January 29, 2015 - Report this comment
I will drink a cup to Mr. Lang - and to Mr. Coniglio. This looks like 5 cubed to me.
Sinusoid Sufferer - January 29, 2015 - Report this comment
In a previous incarnation as an electrical engineer, I suffered the sinusoid, or sine wave, as a mathematical curve that describes a smooth repetitive oscillation. It is named after the function sine, of which it is the graph.
As a former logic designer, I steeped myself in McClusky and Quine. Simplify, simplify! Failure to do so costs circuitry, money, and your job. I respect Mr. Barry's erudition and prolificacy, but not always his style, which can be so preciously filigreed that it overwhelms the message. I am sure G.C. is in no way influenced by him or anybody else.
As a wee lad, I discovered the joy of simplification with this parody:
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Way up in the sky so dark
Like a f**king light bulb.
Phil Alexander - January 30, 2015 - Report this comment
What would make this perfect would be if an auld Scot named Simon Lang had invented the sine.. but I enjoyed it, anyway :-) I'm guessing singing Auld Lang Cotangent on NYE never really caught on. To "Review Master" - let he who is without sinΘ cast the first stone.
Giorgio Coniglio, dec. - January 31, 2015 - Report this comment
Phil; You are only partly correct. Simon clearly did invent the important Auld-Lang subset of trig-ratios. Derivation of the parent functions is a matter of dispute as you know, but some favor attribution to Sir John Cheerful, a contemporary of Gilbert ("many Cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse"). Any other theories out there? As for "Review Master", leave him to his cosinners.
Brian - February 01, 2015 - Report this comment
Keeps pace very well. I'd give you a 5, except I think it's not perfect -- Cosine and Secant don't quite fit. It's acceptably funny, but no ROFLs. I did enjoy the subject matter, though. 4-3-4

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