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Barbablanca
08-31-2013, 01:13 PM
Pastiche... or In other words...

Here's the video. Sorry about all the "Erms...";)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQdtZVRDWeI&feature=youtube_gdata

This week your challenge is to write lyrics to an existing melody (note for instrumentalists later). Ideally, this should be a “pastiche” – but I'm mainly interested in new words to an old melody and I'm especially interested in getting folks who have never dared to write lyrics to give it a go.

I cover what a pastiche should be on the video and give examples of them – hence the length of the video!

There are three prizes for three winners.
A book on Song-writing is the top prize! Then the 2nd Prize Winner gets to choose between Celtic Tunes for Uke or Robert Johnson for Uke and the 3rd prize winner gets the other one that the 2nd Prize Winner didn't want.

I’m asking for only one entry please and a maximum of two bonus songs (which should also be pastiches)

Instrumentalists can submit tunes that are original, but written firmly in the style of another composer / band.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: You can do an entirely original song if it is obviously a pastiche of a particular artist / style etc. See note on inspiration below.

Rules:
- Please state or indicate in your video that it is for the 81st Season.
- Multi-tracking welcome but the Ukulele should be a principal instrument
- Please mention the song that inspired you to write your version and if it isn't that famous please provide a link to the original.
- Please include the lyrics of your version either in your posting here or on your YouTube video in the description section.
- Please do not post your video before Sunday 1st September 12:01 AM Hawaii time.


For inspiration try listening to anything by veteran pastiche group “The Barron Knights”; or the works of Neil Innes (His “The Rutles” is a brilliant piss take of the Beatles and is a Classic Pastiche) or more recently to the amazing Mitch Benn – who, like Innes, does pastiches of both the melody and the lyrics of the artists whose style he borrows for his songs of social comment.

THIS IS THE PLAYLIST (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXu-7kZbBnIOeeb1-iojNIDCUi-wF1-nL)

THIS IS THE BONUS LIST (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5tu6r9BH4I&list=PLXu-7kZbBnIP81115uGkQeERkEaGCX46c)

YOUR QUERIES ANSWERED:
1) - The Pastiche can be one you wrote some time ago, but the performance you submit should be especially for this season.

decaturcomp
08-31-2013, 01:48 PM
What a GREAT Season theme!
Terrific and fun video, too.
Well done Berni!

xommen
08-31-2013, 01:48 PM
I guess a U2 song is going to get some new lyrics ;), great theme.

Shady Wilbury
08-31-2013, 01:49 PM
I second that emotion, Alan. :)

jamz
08-31-2013, 05:00 PM
1. Your video was extremely funny.
2. I am very excited, and think that this is a fantastic idea.
C. It has prompted me to write a song, and experiment with some limited multitracking.


Thank you very much for this season, I've already got one song recorded, and while I might wait until the AM when I am a little more sober, I think it's a keeper. Thanks for the inspiration!

lakesideglenn
08-31-2013, 05:23 PM
Love the theme Berni! Already got two in the works!
Stay tuned!

myrnaukelele
08-31-2013, 06:07 PM
So is this sort of what you had in mind berni? Here is Weird Al Yankovich doing Addicted to Spuds (set to the melody of Addicted to Love).

http://youtu.be/eVCaT6FvI_8

uke4ia
08-31-2013, 07:01 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5tu6r9BH4I

Keeping with the Paul Simon theme, this is one I did two years ago as an in-joke for my co-workers. The lyrics are jargon dealing with testing of water supplies.

bbbannister
08-31-2013, 10:13 PM
Liking it Berni

Got the old brain a thinking.

BB

mythinformed
08-31-2013, 11:28 PM
I'm really looking forward to this one, great theme !!!:D

Barbablanca
09-01-2013, 12:20 AM
So, is this sort of what you had in mind berni? Here is Weird Al Yankovich doing Addicted to Spuds (set to the melody of Addicted to Love).


That's exactly what I mean in terms of a comic pastiche! There are so many great lines in that! "I went to Idaho, to watch them grow!" LOL

Barbablanca
09-01-2013, 12:22 AM
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Keeping with the Paul Simon theme, this is one I did two years ago as an in-joke for my co-workers. The lyrics are jargon dealing with testing of water supplies.

Great bonus to start us off with there Uke4ia!

xommen
09-01-2013, 01:36 AM
I guess this is going to be my entry Bernie, I have something in mind (which became a bonus) but am waiting for inspiration ;).
This is called Take the words and is based on Yahweh by U2, lyrics/songsheet can be found in the youtube comment.

http://youtu.be/odfCxfKFZsg

Shady Wilbury
09-01-2013, 02:40 AM
My pastiche of 'I Need You' by The Beatles


http://youtu.be/z4Xk7bHehQ8


I'm Hungry

You don’t realise I’m hungry
I could eat enough to feed an army

Please leave something in the fridge
You know how hard it is, I’m hungry

Said you had a thing or two to tell me,
How was I to know you would upset me?
I didn’t realise, as I looked in your eyes,
You told me…oh, yes, you told me.
They don’t keep my chicken any more
That’s when it hurt me, and feeling like this, I just can’t eat any more!

Please remember how I feel about you
I could never really eat without you

So come on back and see
The fridge is still empty
And I’m hungry…

pabrizzer
09-01-2013, 02:42 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGOum8WIH5Q

I slide I slip
Stumble and trip
I whinge I cry
I moan I sigh
But you haven’t gone away
No matter what I do or say

I’m kind outside
But cruel inside
I talk the talk
But can’t do the walk
But you haven’t gone away
No matter what I do or say

I exploit and plunder
I rent asunder
Without a care
But you're still there

I swerve I turn
I slash and burn
Insult and slight
Battle and fight
But you haven’t gone away
No matter what I do or say

I complain
Come shine or rain
I always spend
But never lend
But you haven’t gone away
No matter what I do or say

I had the words working towards an original song so just changed them a little and found a song I liked to fit.

wee_ginga_yin
09-01-2013, 03:25 AM
Pastiche is that what it is called... well here is something I enjoyed doing sometime
ago Dropped on the head as a child blues It is not an entry or a non entry or a bonus.

How can I explain this... and does it really fit the remit of this season!?

I found a scrape of paper with barely decipherable words on it which came from
the inimitable Ms Poopylungstuffing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGTv8m10co0) I could not remember the melody since it was
so long ago that I transcribed it, but I was playing Louie Louie by the Kingsmen
and the words with a little adjustment slotted right in. So it is Louie Louie with different words.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqDjENW9tsI

Barbablanca
09-01-2013, 03:28 AM
Great start people - thanks! First comments below:

Wim You’ve set the bar high already. I didn't know the original and just listened to it after hearing your version; I like your lyrics better than the original!!!

I couldn't have hoped for a better opening song (***) because the theme of your song is exactly the theme of the week, the difficulty (or ease) of writing lyrics.

My only comment on the content of your excellent lyric is you might want to re-think this line:
“Don't use the wrist
Take this mouth”
I must confess, that I saw the double entendre potential here immediately ;)

How about substituting “Don’t use the wrist” for “They're all yours... yours...”?


(***) I know you jumped the gun a little, but if you end up wanting this to be your entry that'd be fine by me.

Shady Wilbury

Brilliant, Casey! I was laughing aloud, but at the same time there is a sadness about the narrator's hunger which hints that her overeating goes beyond a desire for food into the realms of existentialism. Her hunger is only symptomatic of a deeper desire she cannot fulfil. All the best comedy softens us up and hits us in the guts and your pastiche does that! Well done!


PaBrizzer

I love how you have turned the original inside out. Instead of promising to be there for his partner, the narrator is desperate to get rid of her... or him :)

My only comment on the lyrics is one you probably feel yourself: the last line of the chorus sounds a bit rushed. Now that could be a nod to Dylan (who is fond of fitting more syllables into lines than the tune can take) but for me it distracts here.

How about: “What can I do or say?”

xommen
09-01-2013, 03:30 AM
As this did come out ok, it will be a bonus, the other one is going to be my entry please Bernie. This is called in a little while, and is inspired by my Daughter leaving the house to live on her "own" (there are lots of other girls living in that same house) in the city where her school is.
It is based on U2's in a little while. Songsheet is again in the comment on Youtube.

http://youtu.be/Ck7p-XipxTc

Barbablanca
09-01-2013, 03:35 AM
Rob, this would fit under the "In Other Words" section, it's borrowing the Louie, Louie riff, but not really spoofing that song.

It is a fine bonus, but as it is three years old it doesn't fit within the "made for this season" rule.

The visuals are great and I love how you combine the plank slapstick images with people making fools of themselves on other "planks".

xommen
09-01-2013, 03:43 AM
Great start people - thanks! First comments below:

Wim
How about substituting “Don’t use the wrist” for “They're all yours... yours...”?


That is an excellent suggestion, I was struggling with that exact line, and ended up just going with don't use the wrist, since I could not come up with anything better, so thx for getting me a good alternative line.

decaturcomp
09-01-2013, 04:21 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTGfyRHYDTw
Just Do it Your Own Way
Based on "I Threw It All Away (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLwhDb7J7TY)" By Bob Dylan


Once I had rulebooks
commin' out of my ass
thought i was happier that way


But now I'm certain
It was me that I was hurtin'
I couldn't live that way
I couldn't live that way


Rules are important
Well, at least as a rule
People love you til' you disobey


But I felt cramped
With my actions being clamped
I couldn't live that way
I couldn't live that way


Rules are often good
The trains all run on time
If you're lost in the woods
They say, "Go this waaaaaaay!"


But some day you'll find out
There's only so much you can grind out
If you always live that way
If you always live that way


Now, I'm a rule maker
but I'm pretty lax
I guess there's not much more to say


But unless you're frightened
That someone else's needs are slightened
Just do it your own way
Come on do it your own way

jamz
09-01-2013, 05:49 AM
To the tune of Folsom Prison Blues! Please forgive the harmonica, I have no idea what I'm doing. This is my first experiment with multitracking.
The third chorus is dedicated to my good buddy Carmen, who is the cafe attendant on Monday nights when I ride back. We give each other a lot of good natured ribbing. :)

also, Little did I know that there is already a song called "Amtrak Blues", heh.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq0S4hs-ne8&feature=c4-overview&list=UUSkFBWJvLJwMKTes5-LcQ0A

I hear that train a comin it's only 5am
been getting up too early since lord i don't know when
But Im working down in Boston and living up in Maine
This commuter life ain't livin, I'm feeling Amtrak pain


The trip last three long hours, with train and T and car,
Finally get to work and they say well here you are
We'll have you work a long day, turn around and get you gone,
then ride the same route back it's really way too long


Cafe attendant Carmen works the 685 Boston to Brunswick,
why's he still alive?
He's from Eastie Boston, he's proud as he's round
His drinks are real expensive but folks keep coming round


Now let this be a lesson from my commuter hell
Try not to take a job that is far away as well,
if you do you'll be sorry I know take it from me
eight hours travel each day is a misery

uke4ia
09-01-2013, 07:40 AM
This isn't an entry, but I won't be able to think about anything else until I foist it off on someone.


http://24.media.tumblr.com/7407d8544175ed2d2008252d637ab712/tumblr_mgqmerNF9k1qd4fqho1_1280.jpg

I'm up all night till the sun
I'm up all night in the tub
I'm sitting in the soap suds
I'm up all night with my ducky

Dan Uke
09-01-2013, 07:47 AM
I just had to do this song cuz it had the lyrics "In Other Words"...those are the only lyrics I had to keep the same!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJs-KeI23eE&feature=youtu.be

Vote for me to win a season
cause I have never come close
I know I can’t sing too good or
write my own new tune like Bernie
In other word, give me a break
In other word, have mercy on me!!

I’m no Matty Dee or Eugene Ukulele
or anyone else who’s good
But I love to play my uke and
sing some catchy songs
In other words, be my friend
In other words, In other words, VOTE FOR ME

chrimess
09-01-2013, 09:20 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n89K-W25j4&sns=em
Cool concept, Bernie-wrote this before taking the kids to McD's for lunch today.
Original by John Mellencamp: Jack and Diane- my lyrics:
Little ditty about takeout and dine in,
The American wife won't cook even if she can.
Whether she's become a soccer mum,
Or a high power professional they just don't give a damn.

If you like chilly dogs, it might just please,
Drive up to the window, and order with extra cheese.
Take out, hey, or dine in,
Let's run off to Mikey Dees.
Curse all those vegan duds
And let me devour what I please.

Oh ya, fries go strong, long after the chill of frosties is gone.
Singing, fries go strong, long after the chill of frosties is gone. Chomp on.


Mummy sits back
Reflects her thoughts for the moment
Scratches her head
And does her best Paula Dean
Well, I'd love to Dine in
We oughta run off to the city
And I say, baby
Let's go to the Pizza Inn.
Singing.

Oh ya, fries go strong, long after the chill of frosties is gone.
Singing, fries go strong, long after the chill of frosties is gone. Chomp on.

Gonna let it cook
Let it boil
Let the Subway sub come
And save my waist line
Hold on to six stone as long as you can
Changes come around real soon
Make us obese not slim

Here's a little diddy about sex in Japan.
Bye, bye, seasonistas, till we meet again.

bonesigh
09-01-2013, 10:55 AM
I had no idea there was a specific word for this kind of song writing. I just thought it was a parody. I'm told I'm pretty good at this pastiches game. There are many on my youtube. Back when I was first learning to uke I would take the song I was currently learning for myself and put it in "Kid Verse". Then I had a song for adults and kids. Here's the first bonus...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B9eQyVr_oQ&list=TLjYhCieIMVzdpuz77aFjqR2TUugjjb1R4

Uke, uke, uke, It’s a manufactured uke!

She was too frayed to become a punk rocker
The civil service just made her crazy
So she played her old uke in the closet
And it weighed on her mind heavily

Four, three, two, one, tell the people what she’s done!

It was a manufactured ukulele, strings were loose like old linguini
That she BRought through the back door today
A manufactured ukulele, oh so rotten like tooth decay
It was a shocker, that’s all I can say

Four, three, two, one, tell the people what she’s done!

Uke, uke, uke, It’s a manufactured uke!

She was afraid to come of the closet
But in the sunset she crept to the door
She was afraid to come out of the closet
So she left that old uke on the floor

Four, three, two, one, tell the people what she’s done!

It was a manufactured ukulele, strings were loose like old linguini
That she bought from that store in Bombay
A manufactured ukulele, color gross like charcoal gravey
It was a shocker, that’s all I can say

Four, three, two, one, tell the people what she’s done!

She’s all the way down in North Carolina
I don’t wonder what she’s gonna do
Drove 6 hours down to North Carolina
Looking for a great store called Mim’s Ukes

Four, three, two, one, tell the people what she’s done!
(It was a)
She got a first class, super, ukulele, got it from this nice young lady
Oh, she wanted to play and to play
Those Eddy Finn ukuleles, get them at Mim’s Ukes, just say please
Her heart a flutter, she shouted out “Yeah!”

From civil service to the nut house
From the nut house to the store
From the store back to Virginia
Yep, there isn’t any more…Eddy Finn Ukulele’s because they were
so cool she bought them all!!!

bonesigh
09-01-2013, 11:19 AM
Now I'm part of the group who wants to put on a dozen bonuses. I won't though...here's my second and final bonus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oMx-FDY8eY



C
Don't you worry there my bunny
F
Even though it’s hot and sunny
Am F
We’ll play games and have a lot of fun
C
Baby I think you're cute and funny
F
Baby, oh no, not for love or money
Am F
Would I give you up…if you know what I mean

[Chorus]

C E7 F C
Oh lets get rich and buy our carrots at a store in the south of France
C E7 F G
Lets get rich and give every bunny a home and grant them all a chance
C E7 F D7
Lets get rich and build a hutch on a mountain making all the people look like ants
C F G C
From way up there, Boo and I, Boo and I

C
Well you might be a bit bemused
F
And you won’t get your booty bruised
Am F
Boo, I’ll take care of you like no one else
C
So I will help you feed at brooks
F
If you will soothe my worried looks
Am F
And we will put the lonesome on the shelf

[Chorus] end with C, Csus, C

Jazzbanjorex
09-01-2013, 11:27 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZC9UCLKGd0&feature=youtu.be
From Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY
my favorite version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUxLK1misbw
My Lyrics:

V1
Now and then I think of when I didn't know you.
How use to go out with the guys and have a beer.
I used to play in a rock and roll band
I used to have a couple of groupies and fans
Now I just have an ache when I remember

V2
You can get complacent with your freedom
Take for granted all your free time
I told myself that I should settle down.
Should be a nice girl in this town.
But I'll admit I didn't find her.

Chorus
But you didn't have to move in.
Bring your toothbrush, pillow, cat and hair dryer.
You could have brought your TV though.
Now all I get to watch is your day time soaps
You could have stayed at your mother's you know
Now you're just somebody I wish I didn't know.

V3
Now and then I think of your brother.
And how we used to be friends.
He didn't have to set me up with you.
I didn't know what he was up too.
He's no longer a friend you know
Now you're just somebody I wish I didn't know. (to chorus)

TCK
09-01-2013, 11:34 AM
Berni- great theme for us this week, and thanks for the shout out in the intro (HILARIOUS).
I went a more serious route because I could not help it.
From Wikipedia- "Occupy Cloverdale precedes the international movement of the same name by about ten years. Under the crushing burden of social and economic injustice in our nation, tents first started appearing on the lawn in 2003. The resistance has been known to stop traffic on Tarman Drive, and yarn bomb the tree. While the national movement seems to have suffered from a lack of organization and exceedingly cold temperatures, Occupy Cloverdale benefits from warm California nights and the organizational skills of it's leader, the warm climate loving hairless cat Mouse.
Organizers have put restrictions on fellow protesters to allow the movement to maintain it's focus. Admittance into the resistance requires beer (cold) and Ukuleles."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecOEj1SrIRI&feature=youtu.be
Oops- we gotta include the lyrics, here is how I wrote 'em out- you know the rest right?
Took a look around today, I shall not ,,,
Here it comes the end of days, I shall …
Doctor king told us what to do, I shall …
Fifty years and nothings new I shall …
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved
Marry who you want to, I shall …
Say the things you’ve got to, I shall …

Care for one another I shall not …
That man is your brother I shall not …
Just like a tree…

Loud and proud and 1% I shall not …
Broke and busted badly bent, but I shall not …

I shall not be, I shall not be moved
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
Just like the tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved


Our kids killing there kids, I shall not…
Their kids killing our kids, I shall not…

Jesus Christ, What’s in our food? We shall not be Moved
None of this shit sounds very good, We shall not be moved

Politicians should be held accountable…I shall not be moved
the problem is not yet insurmountable

Royal babies make the news, I shall not…
But plants are illegal and they tax my booze, I shall not…

Barbablanca
09-01-2013, 11:36 AM
Comments on the Season 81 (2)

PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE THE LYRICS PEOPLE!

Decaturcomp

You old rebel you! Super dissection of the dichotomy that we need rules as a society, but also need flexibility and freedom to advance that society.

My only editorial comment would be to suggest a grammatical change in the last verse.
“But unless you are frightened
Someone else's needs have been slightened”

But this may be a British English vs American English thing. Of course my English teacher side would point out that that last word should be “slighted” – but it would wreck your rhyme and besides, it’s a very Dylan thing to coin a word that is understood, even if it is not in the dictionary, yet. I forget which song Dylan uses “disremember" in ;)


Jamz

Love the Ukulele rhythm echoing the train wheels!

A train song without a harmonica would have been missing something, so I'm glad it was in there!

Some great lyrics there. My favourite line? “He’s proud as he is round!” Those two adjectives succinctly give the listener an idea of the character; brilliant!

Funny, my wife’s name is Carmen, I had no idea it could ever be a guy’s name too!


Nongdam

Ha, ha, ha! Dan! Playing the pity card and mentioning how good the host is... now that just has to be worth some bonus points. You forgot to add the lyrics, but they're pretty straightforward. Was that the first time you have written lyrics? You'd get more bonus points for that!

Chrimess

Where are the lyrics Christian? What’s the original title?

Fun lyrics. I’m guessing you didn't forget that I'm a vegetarian! :rolleyes:. Good confident performance (as usual). The delivery reminded me more of Springsteen than Mellencamp, though melodically I can see this is obviously a JM song. This song would have been virtually impenetrable to me before this summer’s trip to the land of the drive-in fast food place ;).

PS Thanks for the link to the original. I knew that song, but hadn't heard it in years. My favourite Mellencamp album is "Human Wheels" - a near perfect rock album. And thanks for the lyrics: - I think you can always appreciate lyrics more when you have them in black & white to follow as you listen to the song.

I love the line:
"Let the Subway sub come and save my waist line" - I'd not picked up on how clever that was just listening to it.


Bonesigh.

After those fun bonuses, I look forward to hearing your entry! I’m watching this space.
As an ex-puppeteer, I loved those two!

Jazzbanjorex

Any chance of a link to the original, please Rex. I'm sure it'll be even funnier when I hear the original.
I love the chorus!

PS Thanks for including the link. I had heard this in the background somewhere, some time back, but at the time I had thought it was a Sting song that I didn't know. :o What a super song / video! Now I can really appreciate the subtle ways you echo or subvert the original. I love the verse about your old friend introducing her to you and now you're no longer friends. That's a common experience, I imagine.

decaturcomp
09-01-2013, 12:32 PM
Excellent comments Berni,.
On the grammatical change, I'll happily go your way on the "have been" to keep the coined "slightened".
Thanks for the help!

decaturcomp
09-01-2013, 12:39 PM
Thank for the new/old 'round the World singalong, Son.


Berni- great theme for us this week, and thanks for the shout out in the intro (HILARIOUS).
I went a more serious route because I could not help it.
From Wikipedia- "Occupy Cloverdale precedes the international movement of the same name by about ten years. Under the crushing burden of social and economic injustice in our nation, tents first started appearing on the lawn in 2003. The resistance has been known to stop traffic on Tarman Drive, and yarn bomb the tree. While the national movement seems to have suffered from a lack of organization and exceedingly cold temperatures, Occupy Cloverdale benefits from warm California nights and the organizational skills of it's leader, the warm climate loving hairless cat Mouse.
Organizers have put restrictions on fellow protesters to allow the movement to maintain it's focus. Admittance into the resistance requires beer (cold) and Ukuleles."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecOEj1SrIRI&feature=youtu.be
Oops- we gotta include the lyrics, here is how I wrote 'em out- you know the rest right?
Took a look around today, I shall not ,,,
Here it comes the end of days, I shall …
Doctor king told us what to do, I shall …
Fifty years and nothings new I shall …
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved
Marry who you want to, I shall …
Say the things you’ve got to, I shall …

Care for one another I shall not …
That man is your brother I shall not …
Just like a tree…

Loud and proud and 1% I shall not …
Broke and busted badly bent, but I shall not …

I shall not be, I shall not be moved
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
Just like the tree that's planted by the water
I shall not be moved


Our kids killing there kids, I shall not…
Their kids killing our kids, I shall not…

Jesus Christ, What’s in our food? We shall not be Moved
None of this shit sounds very good, We shall not be moved

Politicians should be held accountable…I shall not be moved
the problem is not yet insurmountable

Royal babies make the news, I shall not…
But plants are illegal and they tax my booze, I shall not…

Jazzbanjorex
09-01-2013, 12:56 PM
Jazzbanjorex

Any chance of a link to the original, please Rex. I’m sure it’ll be even funnier when I hear the original.
I love the chorus!

It is Done.

chrimess
09-01-2013, 01:55 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Bernie, sorry, I have now added the lyrics.

Cornfield
09-01-2013, 03:02 PM
No time for a video. Here is a song I recorded acapella a few months ago. The tune is Teddy Bears Picnic. I consider this a parody since there is humor in the verse. I think of a Pastiche as being an homage rather than a comic thing.

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11783537


If you hear knocking on your door, act like you’re not at home;
If your door bell should happen to ring, pretend that you’ve moved to Nome,
If they think you’re gone, they’ll go away
If you open the door, they’ll start to pray
The neighbor called, she saw a Jehovah’s Witness.


Preaching time for Witnesses
They’ve come to your neighborhood to save your soul today.
Preaching time for Witnesses
Just think of it as a proselytizing holiday.
They’ll tell you about the sinful state,
How God can’t wait , to cleanse the earth and so.
A hundred and forty four thousand faithful get to live forever
Cause they're witnesses of Jeho-vah.


If there are people on your porch wearing suit and tie;
Don’t say a word to them unless it’s the FBI,
If they think you’re gone, they’ll go away
If you open the door, they’ll start to pray
The neighbor called, she saw a Jehovah’s Witness.


They will tell you there is no Trinity
The other Christians have read the Bible wrong
There is no Heaven, Hell, or purgator-y
It’s a sin to listen to this song.
They’ll preach about how the world ends,
They want to be your friends, and thought you’d want to know
A hundred and forty four thousand faithful get to live forever
Cause they're witnesses of Jeho-vah.

GaryC1968
09-01-2013, 06:15 PM
http://youtu.be/G72RFWQyPrE

The Hills of Brokeback Mountain, a parody of Big Rock Candy Mountain.

One morning as the sun came up the animals were restless
Down the trail came a cowboy riding and he said I have to confess
I'm heading for a land that's fun carefree and full of big strong men
So come with me we'll go and see the hills of Brokeback Mountain

In the hills of Brokeback Mountain the men are big and gay
And they rustle all the cattle carrying on the cowboy way
Where the horses all get mounted and so do all the men
Better watch your back for a quick attack
By a burly man with a dark brown tan
In the hills of Brokeback Mountain

In the hills of Brokeback Mountain the women folk are gone
And the men all have their wants and needs that must be acted on
Where you sit around the campfire and you play and sing all day
Eating franks and beans wearing skin tight jeans
Where the endings are happy if you know what I mean
In the hills of Brokeback Mountain

In the hills of Brokeback Mountain the sheep have worried looks
Cause when cowboys get real lonely they're not into reading books
The chaps they have no asses and the spurs are good and sharp
Where souffles are made at gay pride parades
You can have a tall glass filled with lemonade
In the hills of Brokeback Mountain

In the hills of Brokeback Mountain the sheets are made of silk
And you can have a protein shake and it's not made with milk
There ain't no hate filled protests no Westboro Baptist Church
I'm a gonna stay where you play all day
Where it's okay to be happy and gay
In the hills of Brokeback Mountain

We'll have a fling this coming spring in the hills of Brokeback Mountain

Barbablanca
09-01-2013, 10:43 PM
It is Done.
Thanks. I have now expanded my comment above, accordingly.

Barbablanca
09-01-2013, 10:50 PM
..... I have now added the lyrics.

Thanks. I have now expanded my comment above.

Barbablanca
09-01-2013, 11:12 PM
Comments on the Songs (3)

TCK - I’m glad you liked the “Melissa” bit in my video. How about finishing that one for a bonus?

Great to hear some updated lyrics on that old classic. Wow, you really tried to cover all the bases on this one! You got to mention so many themes that we are blasted with each day; everything from pointless wars to royal babies. Indeed you bring up nearly all of the current distractions they use to try and divert us from what’s really going on.

I especially liked the line “broken, busted and badly bent” I love alliteration - must be the old Saxon in me.

I’d love to share a beer with you one day at your protest camp.


John Sargent

That was a fun Bonus, John. But I think the rule with the Seasons is that an Entry has to be on video.

As you saw in my intro, I tend to think of a pastiche as primarily poking fun at the original (and often the target of the pastiche), but we can agree to disagree on exactly what the term means. The aim of this season is to get to hear lyrics from Seasonistas, whatever we call the genre of writing new words to an established tune.

No comments on the song, it’s a great adaptation of that old kid’s song and near perfect in its coverage of the experience of having proselytizers on your porch.

GaryC1968

That was hilarious. I'm sure it’s a healthier place than the Big Rock Candy Mountain with its cigarette trees ;)

Some super “near the knuckle” lines, especially the protein shake ;) – I know a few Cabarets where that song would go down really well – If you dressed like Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy and sang that there, you'd be an overnight sensation.

mythinformed
09-02-2013, 04:15 AM
Hmmm .....Now just how naughty can I be with the lyrics ???

I've got an idea in my head connecting a John Denver toon to Viagra !!

GaryC1968
09-02-2013, 04:51 AM
Hmmm .....Now just how naughty can I be with the lyrics ???

I've got an idea in my head connecting a John Denver toon to Viagra !!

I'm guessing if mine got through, yours should be okay. Then again, I haven't heard your lyrics. :)

Barbablanca
09-02-2013, 05:16 AM
Hmmm .....Now just how naughty can I be with the lyrics ???

I would need to ask a moderator, but I suspect that if the lyrics are not explicit (and require adult experience to get the joke / reference) you'd be on fairly safe ground. I have seen threads where Mods have advised people to tone down some things, reminding them that this site is open to all ages.

TCK
09-02-2013, 05:40 AM
Comments on the Songs (3)

TCK - I’m glad you liked the “Melissa” bit in my video. How about finishing that one for a bonus?

Great to hear some updated lyrics on that old classic. Wow, you really tried to cover all the bases on this one! You got to mention so many themes that we are blasted with each day; everything from pointless wars to royal babies. Indeed you bring up nearly all of the current distractions they use to try and divert us from what’s really going on.

I especially liked the line “broken, busted and badly bent” I love alliteration - must be the old Saxon in me.

I’d love to share a beer with you one day at your protest camp.


Thanks Bernie- I hope to have time for another and may well do that.
Yeah- lots of things floating around in my head right now. Of course the nod to MLK comes from the fifty year anniversary, which was big news at school last week. Bright eyed little Caucasian kids who are convinced the world is a better place...of course what they know of it looks a lot like Disneyland. That made it into the radio show as well (http://dlaurice.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-01T06_49_18-07_00)this week.
Then there is a particularly offensive document they want me to sign at work...I am thinking that I am not the first person to sign something pretty slimey to stay employed, but my boss is fighting it and that is a good thing.
UGHHH! And the royal baby- that was news for a month over here, as if those two were the first people to ever figure out intercourse. Unbelievable. I am sure Melissa is done with my tirades over that one.
In any event- had to get it all out, and then, to calm down, I went to see "Fruitvale Station". See that, if only for the character development which is fantastic. Great film.
In any event, rather than make the news myself as Cloverdale's first one man riot, often a few beers, a little bird watching and an ukulele is a better bet.
We shall overcome.
We would be happy to have you.

TCK
09-02-2013, 05:42 AM
Hmmm .....Now just how naughty can I be with the lyrics ???

I've got an idea in my head connecting a John Denver toon to Viagra !!
As naughty as George Formby would have done them- always a defensible line for an ukulele player.

Barbablanca
09-02-2013, 06:08 AM
As naughty as George Formby would have done them- always a defensible line for an ukulele player.

Yes, that kind of creative getting around the censor evidenced in the best Formby songs is so much more effective than many an "explicit" rap ;)

Jazzbanjorex
09-02-2013, 07:11 AM
This is a parody that I had done a while back to I recorded it again for this season.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUMwD-kuBvo&feature=youtu.be

Original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwK7ggA3-bU

On this video I was tuned a half step low. (forgot I had done that).
My Lyrics:
Going to the ukulele club meeting tonight. (One more night, Maroon 5)

||: /Fm /Eb Bbm :|| (Fm =bar 3rd, Eb = bar 3rd, Bbm = bar 1) Reggae or ska

Whoops....
You and I got ukuleles at the store.
You and I got ukuleles but we always need more.
You and I got ukuleles lying on the floor.
You and I need some new strings that's for sure.

Here we go again, here we go again makin' another youtube.
Stop the recording. Can you hear my Uke?
Is that measure four beats or is it only two.
I really don't like this key do you?

I tuned my uke. My throat feels right.
Going to the ukulele club meeting tonight.
I hope we do an open mic.
Going to the ukulele club meeting tonight.

wee_ginga_yin
09-02-2013, 07:12 AM
Song based on Bob Dylan's Sweetheart like you (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4H390vVHFY)

The idea is that we live in a society where everything has a built in obsolescence. It applies mostly to machines, and it also extends to relationships. Everything nowadays has a shelf life... not just food.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qWr39tWTlc

Well, the salmons off, there is mould on the cheese
And the meat has a strange smell
And it kinda got me thinking, something must be wrong
Cos the fridge don't work so well
By the way, should I really care
If you think that I'm a chump
And everybody knows world is being turned into dump

Tyres are flat, must be a leak somewhere
Spokes are broke and the brakes don't work,
Would cost me a fortune to get things fixed,
If I throw it all away you could call me a jerk.
I swear to you I looked after that car
But the man says there's no oil down in the sump
And everybody knows world is being turned into dump

These days nothing is built to last,
Everything has a limited shelf life,
That applies to everything that you might buy
And in the divorce courts could be your own wife.

The bankers took my house, my pension was cut.
The wife left me out in the cold.
Don't have the money for the medicine I need
I am not a machine I got body and soul.
The scrap heap is waiting for a guy like me
Gonna come crashing down with a great bump
And everybody knows world is being turned into dump

mythinformed
09-02-2013, 07:47 AM
Yes, that kind of creative getting around the censor evidenced in the best Formby songs is so much more effective than many an "explicit" rap ;)

Cheers Berni, I've messaged you the lyrics to vet first ...........Mr. Formby wouldn't have approved !! Lol

Dan Uke
09-02-2013, 08:23 AM
[QUOTE=Jazzbanjorex;1372043]This is a parody that I had done a while back to I recorded it again for this season.

Love it!! That should be a Season of it's own...Parody of songs that are popular now not the 1950s!! HAHAHA

Here's one that I like:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMGaslpQz28&list=PLE090049870D15411&index=10

Dan Uke
09-02-2013, 08:24 AM
Here's my parody that I did for a past season.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRJrRtDNWj0&list=TLstLFeDL_97A

xommen
09-02-2013, 08:48 AM
Ok, here is my second bonus: it's time, songsheet and link to the original are on youtube.

http://youtu.be/4w-S6MMS_GI

Joko
09-02-2013, 09:15 AM
Had to enlist the help of a cameraman to make this video. Could have also used a... a... what would you call someone whose job it is to ask people to move out of the way whilst the cameraman walks backwards? Sounds like a job for the 'Best Boy'.

That said, being known as the 'best boy' in Bangkok might be dangerous.

Here's my pastiche. A lot of it (the place names in particular) won't resonate with the average seasonista. My apologies for that. I hope the video production values make up for that.

Enjoy!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqX3xtPmIug

Barbablanca
09-02-2013, 11:21 AM
Comments on the submissions: (4)

Jazzbanjorex – Bonus. Well, I enjoyed that and I even enjoyed the original. The video is great. But don't tell my daughter that I liked it; she’ll have Maroon 5 blaring out of the car stereo everytime we go out ;)

Wee Ginga Yin

Superb, Rob. Little I can say, really. You made the song your own!! I watched a video of Dylan singing it and imagined he was singing these words as I read your lyrics while listening to his version. You know, I think if Dylan had sung these words, it'd still be a superb song, so that’s praise enough, right? I especially liked your middle eight.

Nongdam Bonus

I love that one. Great visuals, I love the Black & White aesthetic. One of your strongest vocals too!

Xommen Bonus

I am not sure the IDs know what those lyrics are about, Wim. Yours certainly do make more sense!

Joko

That was fun, both lyrically and visually. I’ve sent the URL to a mate of mine who used to live in Bangkok (now lives in Ho Chi Min City). I’m sure he’ll appreciate it too.

strumsilly
09-02-2013, 01:20 PM
A parody of Dylan's "knocking on heaven's door" inspired by people walking and almost running into things while texting and/or surfing on their phones.

http://youtu.be/QzRjqFNdGRc

GinnyT11
09-02-2013, 01:55 PM
My pastiche is "I'd Like to Teach the World to Strum," but lots of active Seasonistas recorded that for our Seasonistas Anthem project, and it's not interesting to hear just me play it.


My other one I wrote a while back for my special buddy, ukuleledaveey. For Berni's Season, you have to sing lyrics you've written yourself, so I can't sing it because it's not for me, and daveey can't sing it because he didn't write it. But you'll recognize him in this pastiche of "Rocket Man."


Attic Man (for ukuleledaveey)

Unpacked my uke tonight and tuned it up.
Went to my attic lair.
Set up the cam and light; everything's in place.
I miss downstairs so much; I miss my wife,
But I sing to friends afar
And say hello through time.

And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till I get through all the songs I have to do.
I'm not the man they think I am downstairs...
Oh no no no---I'm an Attic Man....
Attic Man playin' on his uke up here alone.

Here ain't the place to watch football.
In fact it's cold as hell.
And there's no food or friends to cheer the plays.
But strumming songs and singing out warms me inside.
I love my Seasons work each week
I’m Attic Man, an Attic Man.

And I think it's gonna be a long long time
Till I get through all the songs I have to do.
I'm not the man they think I am downstairs...
Oh no no no---I'm an Attic Man....
Attic Man playin' on his uke up here alone.

UncleMoon
09-02-2013, 02:53 PM
Silly Boppy, to the tune of Stray Cat Strut


http://youtu.be/Ekb_uhVvk8s

Well she calls me silly Boppy,so that’s who I am
Playing my uke every chance I can
I make her happy when I play my songs
She bounces and she dances and she sings along

Silly Boppy, I'm a ukin man
Strummin 4 strings any time I can
She giggles when I sing her favorite line
"I get my dinner from a garbage can"

I didn't have to learn a bunch of songs
I just picked one I knew she would like
Turns out WOW Hey I was right

Sing me a song now that dinner is done
Play it and sing and I'll sing along
I know I can't sing and it's OK with me
But Silly Boppy is who I wanna be

I didn't have to learn a bunch of songs
I just picked one I knew she would like
Turns out WOW Hey I was right

Sing me a song now that dinner is done
Play it and sing and I'll sing along
I know I can't sing and it's OK with me
But Silly Boppy is who I wanna be

Jazzbanjorex
09-02-2013, 05:44 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_CSmTi2v4M&feature=youtu.be
parody of:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htUfpE6l9bg
My Lyrics:

Oh we're goin' to milk a cow,
Milk – a, milk – a, milk – a, milk a cow.
Everybody loves to milk a cow.
Where you put your bucket and your stool on the ground.
You get a fist full of utter and you tug it on down.
The milk hits the bucket and it makes a funny sound.
Oh we're goin' to milk a cow,
Milk – a, milk – a, milk – a, milk a cow.

Oh we're goin' to milk a cow,
Milk – a, milk – a, milk – a, milk a cow.
Everybody loves to milk a cow.
Where you put your bucket and your stool on the ground.
oh you never go between the legs under the tail.
She'll give you a present that will make you smell
Oh we're goin' to milk a cow,
Milk – a, milk – a, milk – a, milk a cow.

wee_ginga_yin
09-03-2013, 12:46 AM
Wee Ginga Yin

Superb, Rob. Little I can say, really. You made the song your own!! I watched a video of Dylan singing it and imagined he was singing these words as I read your lyrics while listening to his version. You know, I think if Dylan had sung these words, it'd still be a superb song, so that’s praise enough, right? I especially liked your middle eight.


1st verse was about food going bad... what can you do but chuck it in the compost.
2nd verse was about machines breaking down... my mower has just broken and I need to get it fixed... aaaaargggh
Bridge was trying to tie in our attitude to waste and breakage to relationships.
3rd verse have to admit I had just watched Elysium which deals with the ever widening gulf between
the rich and the poor, and that only the privileged have access to medical treatments, whereas the poor
are informed they will die in 5 days time, take these pills to lessen the pain, and thank you for your service.

Even today in Africa, medicine for aids treatment, even though readily available is not being offered
to sufferers because it is too expensive to treat them. The movie was directed by a south african
and it is a social commentary that medical aid will soon only be affordable by the rich.

What a depressing thought, and a rather depressing song.

Barbablanca
09-03-2013, 05:39 AM
For Berni's Season, you have to sing lyrics you've written yourself, so I can't sing it because it's not for me.....


As long as you wrote it, it qualifies! Get recording girl! If you're worried about the gender thing, sing "Rocket girl" and miss your "love". No reason why the attic girl shouldn't love football, is there? ;)

GinnyT11
09-03-2013, 05:45 AM
No, the pastiche (I didn't know the word) was a gift to daveey because he's so special, playing up there on his uke alone.
Maybe he'll do it as a bonus.

Ukejenny
09-03-2013, 05:51 AM
My pistache for #81, Seasons of the Ukulele. I took "I've Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" and turned it into "I've Got An Ohana Ukulele" I referenced the Danny Kaye version and the Merv Griffin version of the original song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W1XlbqMovk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf670orHKcA


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLmXBKWegB8

Lyrics/Chords:
I’ve Got An Ohana Ukulele (I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts a la Danny Kaye)

Intro:
F F G7 G7
C7 B7 slide C7 (barred)

Pre-Verse:
F
Recovering from the flu
C7
I needed something to do
G7 C7
Spotted a ukulele and then instantly I knew


Verses:
F
I’ve got an Ohana ukulele
C7
Ohana ukulele, concert size
C7
Soprano, concert, tenor, or baritone
G7
Give’em a play, noodle away
C7
You cannot put them down

F
I’ve got an Ohana ukulele
C7
Every time I play it makes me smile

When it’s in the case, I hear it call me name
F
Singing come and get me out, let’s play a while

Bridge:
F
Singing come and get me out, let’s play a while
C7
Singing come and get me out, let’s play a while
C7 C7
Come and get me out, come and get me out
F
Singing come and get me out, let’s play a while.

Ending: Sing first two verses and end on:
C7 F …C7 F
Singing come and get me out, let’s play a while…

Barbablanca
09-03-2013, 06:01 AM
(5)


Strumsilly

Andy, that's hilarious! I'll never hear this song again in the same way! ;)
I think there was room for a couple more verses there.

How about:

I keep tripping over steps
Or keep bumping into pets,
Got the bite marks, man they're sore,
I hate this walking into doors!

Texting; missed my bus again,
Knew I should have used a pen!
I ask myself what’s whatsapp for,
If you keep bumping into doors?

Etc.

Uncle Moon

That was fun and how cute! I bet your granddaughter loved it, or hasn't she heard it yet? Hmm, wait a moment, little kids might respond negatively to a favourite song being messed about with. Or they might think that was the coolest thing ever (in that respect they divide into radicals and conservatives just like the rest of us ;) ).

I'd never heard the original, which I'm guessing is a fairly recent song made to sound like it was from an earlier era. In other words, it was a pastiche itself!!!

Have you heard my Original Pastiche of the Aristocats (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mygnlxE6USQ). I would love to have heard this sung on that film


Jazzbanjorex (BONUS)

Fun idea based on just what would rhyme with Hukilau. Once you got that, the rest would fall into place, I guess. Maybe, like the occasional single song season (eg Take me down to the ball game), we should issue a challenge for anyone yet to submit to write another pastiche of this song using some other rhyme that sends off the song in a screaming left turn from the original - “Oh I’m going to feed my Macao” .... “To the bosses we all kowtow...” “I was a priest till I disavowed” etc ;)

ksiegel
09-03-2013, 10:13 AM
I'm traveling, and cant do a video this week (Perhaps we can get one together at the Wine Country Uke Fest, but I have no editing software...), so I have a Bonus, track.

This is "The Knitting Song", recorded at the local yarn Shop.

Enjoy


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BisE8UH-V0g


-Kurt


Here are the lyrics:

The Knitting Song
Words: copyright 2012 Kurt Siegel
Music copyright 1975 David Mallet/Cherry Lane Music

Chorus:
Stitch by stitch, row by row
You're gonna make this garment grow
All it takes is some yarn, you know
And a pair of pointed sticks

Stitch by stitch, knit or purl
You're bringing warmth into the world.
A scarf, a sweater, socks or shawl
I know you can make them all.

Get your yarn, your pattern too
at the store that's best for you
Folks at the table making things
Will invite you to sit in.

Look over yarn that's out on sale
Check the dye lots do not fail
There are still three skeins in that colorway
You might need them one of these days

Chorus:

Oh, look! New Needles on the rack
Get three sets- no, take one back.
Get double points in different sizes
You might need them one of these days

Sock weight, bulky, lace weight too,
and double-K I'll buy for you
Now get some patterns of pretty things
You might need them one of these days

Chorus:

We've yarn in boxes, yarn in bags
Yarn wrapped up in paper tags
The stash gets larger, and we say
You will need them one of these days

Merino, romney, alpaca, blends,
On superwash the socks depend
We'll need more yarn, it seems, again
So I've had to learn to spin.

Chorus, then
All it takes is some yarn, you know
And a pair of pointed sticks

Tootler
09-03-2013, 01:20 PM
More a celebration of a great event I was at at the weekend than poking gentle fun.

Shaggy Doggy Story coming up.

The Black Bull Bender is a weekend mini folk festival that takes place twice annually in June and September. It's takes place in an old cowshed at High Whins Farm on the North York Moors in a hamlet called Tranmire and consists of a weekend of singing. We sit on straw bales in the cowshed which is jokingly referred to as Tranmire Town Hall and sing.

Regulars come from all over the country for the weekend which has a special atmosphere. The purpose of the event is to raise money for two local hospices, one in Scarborough and one near Middlesbrough. Over the thirty odd years the event has been running it has raised many thousands of pounds for the two hospices while the event is very enjoyable and has it's own special atmosphere.

My song is based on Sweet Little Sixteen and came about as I sang Sweet Little Sixteen accompanied on my Risa uke with a Marshall MS2 Micro amp clipped on my belt at the Bender last weekend. (There were calls of "Judas" from several of the assembled company - after all folk events are strictly acoustic). I had added an extra verse specially for the event which I have expanded to tell something of what the Black Bull Bender is about and how it started.

This is my third attempt at writing a song, though the first was never finished.


http://youtu.be/kSYDLuZL8w8

Chorus
[D] They'll be rockin' at the [A7] Bender, Tranmire Town [D] Hall
Up at the High Whins [A7] Farm, on the North York [D] Moors
They'll hear us in [G] Whitby and in the Boro' as [D] well
Just sing out [A7] those songs, folks and make the choruses [D] swell.

A family called Wilkinson they had a great idea
That would raise some money for charity
So they put up a marquee in the Black Bull [pub] grounds
But a big storm blew up and the marquee fell down; twice!
Chorus

We'll call up all the people and we'll sing some songs
But where shall we go, now the marquee's gone?
Then Jim had an idea, we'll use the farm's old byre
And we'll sit on straw bales and make the dairy a bar.
Chorus

So the Black Bull Bender lasts the weekend long,
We sing about a million very long folk songs.
But oh those choruses! They make the rafters ring.
It's so exciting just to hear us all sing.
Chorus

Oh, the Black Bull Bender, each September and June.
It lasts all weekend, Friday evening too
But at Sunday tea time, it comes to an end
And on Monday morning, it's back to work again!
Chorus

Ukejenny
09-03-2013, 01:45 PM
I'm now having a Deja Vu attack, wondering if Ken Middleton has already written a song about Ohana ukuleles, set to the Coconut song.......

Barbablanca
09-03-2013, 01:56 PM
Comments(6)

Uke Jenny

You really capture the music hall / drinking song feel of the original very well!
That is one bright sounding and loud Uke! The video is brilliant for a drinking song, because you appear to stand still and the walls behind you appear to be moving. Did you by any chance get a message from YouTube when you uploaded offering to stabilise the image? ;)

Thanks for posting the lyrics; I can really appreciate the craft of lyric writing when I have the words on a page. Yours are well crafted indeed. I love the Uke calling to you from its case :). Don't worry if Ken has done a similar song, I'm sure your unconscious plagiarism won't be anywhere near 100%.

Kurt Bonus.

I remember this from the first time around, it’s fun. I hope you still find time to get a video in before the end of the week! What a great bunch of backing singers you had there!

I had problems with listening this time; it kept cutting out at various points in the video. On each attempt the total time figure would be the point at which it ended. Eg: 1.02 or 2.43 etc. It just didn’t want to play the full 3,49!!!! Grrrr!!!! Anyone else experience the same?


Tootlin Geoff

Smashing Geoff! I especially loved the penultimate verse (the last one doesn’t appear in the lyrics). You made me feel so homesick for my old folk song days with that verse. There really is no substitute for a good singing session where the audience pick up on the chorus (at least) and lift you through the rafters towards heaven, is there?

I’m not sure about the solarisation on this video, it works for the instrument, but it turns you into a Wookey! ;) Was that your first songwriting attempt? If so, it’s a cracker! If not, ignore me, it's five to one and I should be in bed!

Ukejenny
09-03-2013, 03:02 PM
Comments(6)

Uke Jenny

You really capture the music hall / drinking song feel of the original very well!
That is one bright sounding and loud Uke! The video is brilliant for a drinking song, because you appear to stand still and the walls behind you appear to be moving. Did you by any chance get a message from YouTube when you uploaded offering to stabilise the image? ;)

Thanks for posting the lyrics; I can really appreciate the craft of lyric writing when I have the words on a page. Yours are well crafted indeed. I love the Uke calling to you from its case :). Don't worry if Ken has done a similar song, I'm sure your unconscious plagiarism won't be anywhere near 100%.



Wow, that means a lot, coming from you, kind sir. I was raised on Dr. Seuss and trading insulting rhymes with my grandmother (weird family, but fun). I love dirty limericks and playing with words. Yes, my uke is seriously loud. I'm having the action lowered, as the first fret is killing me and I'm going to put Worth clears on it to tone it down. I considered, for just an instant, of doing the song with my husband's Gretsch, but thought the uke gods would smite me for singing an Ohana song with a Gretsch. As for the walls, I didn't get a message. We have hideous wallpaper in this house. My husband refers to it as "Tennessee funeral home wallpaper". If you look at it long enough, you might have a seizure.

Tootler
09-04-2013, 12:20 AM
Comments(6)
Smashing Geoff! I especially loved the penultimate verse (the last one doesn’t appear in the lyrics). You made me feel so homesick for my old folk song days with that verse. There really is no substitute for a good singing session where the audience pick up on the chorus (at least) and lift you through the rafters towards heaven, is there?

I’m not sure about the solarisation on this video, it works for the instrument, but it turns you into a Wookey! ;) Was that your first songwriting attempt? If so, it’s a cracker! If not, ignore me, it's five to one and I should be in bed!

Oops! I missed out the last verse. I hadn't realised it when I pasted the lyrics in - it was getting late & I was tired. It was meant as a bit of a pastiche of the last verse of SLS.

It was actually my third. The first is unfinished & will likely remain so, the second I did for a blues contest here on UU but the less said about, the better.

As to the video, I keep experimenting with the effects in my editor but this lot didn't really work out, though I've used the cartoon one before and it can be quite effective but I agree, the other effects added to it weren't quite right.

TCK
09-04-2013, 05:23 PM
Occupy Cloverdale...part deux

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7_ZtRZKkf4&feature=youtu.be
Sorry- it ain't happy, or silly or funny
I am finding that writing silly stuff ain't my bag. THis came to me on the long ride home, and I wrote it down when I got here.
To the tune of 99 Luftballoons
You and I work at the Walmart
Couldn’t get to college even though we’re smart
But the Government has a plan for us
So they stick us together on a bus
It’s off to boot camp one by one
Got a uniform and a gun
Some of us are bound to die
As 99 of our mothers cry...

First stop was Afghanistan
Finding weapons was our masterplan
We didn’t find much there to correct
But we shelled the place till there was nothing left.
Then we went to the Philippines
Chasing Al Quada, or so it seems
Our training drills light up the sky
As 99 of our mothers cry

Iraq was next stop cause Hussein is bad
See, killing people really makes us mad
We’ll show them we’ll kill them back
Circle the wagons, its time to attack
Our objective on the news is clear
And hey, we have to have somewhere to use this gear
Policing the world, it’s our right
As 99 of our mothers cry

Now Syria is in our sights
They broke the rules, we show our might
We’ll just bomb ‘em, no boots on the ground
Wait- it’s Afghanistan for another round!
We need more soldiers, where will we go
Well we have the lower classes don’t ya know
We can offer great deals they won’t deny
As 99 of our mothers cry
As 99 of our mothers cry...

99 dreams I have had
And none of them were quite like this
It's all over and I've got PTSD
But no one really cares about me
If I had been a Congressman’s kid
I’d have no worries about what I did
I’d have gone to college and made policy
Instead my mother cries for me

uke4ia
09-04-2013, 05:40 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1v2YYZWufA

I'm intending for this one to be a bonus tune. But that assumes I'll get something else finished this week.

The place I get to play for an audience most is the Eggroll Café in Lowell, Mass. They specialize in bubble tea, which is fruit juice with little balls of tapioca in the bottom of the cup. You drink it with a wide straw, and the tapioca balls come wafting up the straw, and you have to stop in your drinking to chew them. It's both a drink and a meal. I wrote this in 2009, to the tune of 10,000 Maniacs' hit "Trouble Me".


Bubble Tea, take your glass and
Jab the straw right through the plastic
Bubble Tea,
Suck those spheres up into your mouth

Don't think it's weird and screwy
Just because your drink is chewy
Relax and enjoy
Your bubble tea

Drink with me, and don't choke on
Those little pearls of tapioca
Drink with me, and we'll savor
The whole cavalcade of flavors

Bubble tea, sweet and cold
Just kick back, have an egg roll
Bubble tea, hey there, Meng, Do you
Think I could get one with ginseng?

(alternate lines: Hey there, Mike, I'll take a taro, that's what I like
Hey there, Tang, I'll take a lychee and a mango
Hey there, Anna, does it come in strawberry-banana?)

Don't gape with fear and awe
At the nodules rising up your straw
Just relax and enjoy
Your bubble tea

ksiegel
09-04-2013, 07:16 PM
Comments

Kurt Bonus.

I remember this from the first time around, it’s fun. I hope you still find time to get a video in before the end of the week! What a great bunch of backing singers you had there!

I had problems with listening this time; it kept cutting out at various points in the video. On each attempt the total time figure would be the point at which it ended. Eg: 1.02 or 2.43 etc. It just didn’t want to play the full 3,49!!!! Grrrr!!!! Anyone else experience the same?



I just watched the video on YouTube again, and had no problem.

BTW, just added the lyrics - If I can remember how to use the camera on this tablet, I may try to do this again tomorrow, as a solo. I'll have about 45 minutes alone in the house, while my wife and mother-in-law are running errands, so we'll see..


-Kurt

ksiegel
09-04-2013, 07:21 PM
Occupy Cloverdale...part deux


Sorry- it ain't happy, or silly or funny
I am finding that writing silly stuff ain't my bag. THis came to me on the long ride home, and I wrote it down when I got here.


No need to apologize for truth, Bro.

Well written, well done, and welcome to The List with me. I've been in Their Files since 1978.


-Kurt

TCK
09-04-2013, 07:23 PM
Ah, that list! I join you and my dear old friend Mario Savio tonight...could not be more thrilled. Thanks brother.
No need to apologize for truth, Bro.

Well written, well done, and welcome to The List with me. I've been in Their Files since 1978.


-Kurt

mythinformed
09-04-2013, 08:01 PM
Occupy Cloverdale...part deux

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7_ZtRZKkf4&feature=youtu.be
Sorry- it ain't happy, or silly or funny
I am finding that writing silly stuff ain't my bag. THis came to me on the long ride home, and I wrote it down when I got here.
To the tune of 99 Luftballoons
You and I work at the Walmart
Couldn’t get to college even though we’re smart
But the Government has a plan for us
So they stick us together on a bus
It’s off to boot camp one by one
Got a uniform and a gun
Some of us are bound to die
As 99 of our mothers cry...

First stop was Afghanistan
Finding weapons was our masterplan
We didn’t find much there to correct
But we shelled the place till there was nothing left.
Then we went to the Philippines
Chasing Al Quada, or so it seems
Our training drills light up the sky
As 99 of our mothers cry

Iraq was next stop cause Hussein is bad
See, killing people really makes us mad
We’ll show them we’ll kill them back
Circle the wagons, its time to attack
Our objective on the news is clear
And hey, we have to have somewhere to use this gear
Policing the world, it’s our right
As 99 of our mothers cry

Now Syria is in our sights
They broke the rules, we show our might
We’ll just bomb ‘em, no boots on the ground
Wait- it’s Afghanistan for another round!
We need more soldiers, where will we go
Well we have the lower classes don’t ya know
We can offer great deals they won’t deny
As 99 of our mothers cry
As 99 of our mothers cry...

99 dreams I have had
And none of them were quite like this
It's all over and I've got PTSD
But no one really cares about me
If I had been a Congressman’s kid
I’d have no worries about what I did
I’d have gone to college and made policy
Instead my mother cries for me

I love the lyrics you've put to this toon, sledgehammer tell it as it is .........well executed too.
Normally my attention span ain't quite there but I followed it from start to finish.

Cheers



I'm hoping to get an entry in for this week but I'm a busy boy at work and I'm heading off to the New Forest the weekend grrrrr !!
I've now canned my xxrated John Denver and working on a theme connecting a hypercondriac to the toon of 'Always look on the bright side of life' ...........hope I get some free time to work on it !!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
09-04-2013, 08:42 PM
atomic - ode to my uke


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKRqz_mjHZ0

what a great theme and contest!

*i'm assuming everyone on the planet knows blondie's "atomic" - but just in case - here is the epitome of cool...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Tko1G6XRiQ

ooops forgot to add the lyrics, here we are...

hey, i love to play my ukelele every day.
oh, i love it so, it's got a low g.

oh, oh my uke is beautiful.
oh, too right.

it's fantastic.
it's magnifique.
it's very chic.
it's made of teak.

i love it.
oh, i love it.
oh.

oh, oh my uke is beautiful.
oh, that's right.

it's got four strings.
it really swings.
i think it's hot and happening.

oh, my uke's magnificent.
it's a delight.
it's out of sight.

all right.

redpaul1
09-05-2013, 03:28 AM
I hope Jenny doesn't mind me using her post as an example here, but may I put out a gentle reminder to all Seasonistas posting lyrics, that if you wrap the
[/code ] tags (the # symbol in Advanced Editing) around your lyrics & chords, you can get your lyrics & chords displayed in your posts as you intended.

Remember also that you will need to use a monospaced typeface (Andale Mono, Consolas, Courier, or Courier New), while formatting your text. The characters, including spaces, in monospaced fonts are all exactly the same width; so using a monospaced typeface will ensure that chords are lined up above lyrics no matter what size font you use.

Non-monospaced fonts vary the width of the characters, particularly spaces, for aesthetic purposes; which is why it's difficult to get chords to line up above lyrics using a non-monospaced typeface such as Times or Lucida. As soon as you change the font size or the typeface, the spacing will change too.

When you paste in your text, the vBulletin® software that powers the UU bulletin boards will automatically put your text into Lucida Grande, which is not monospaced. So when you paste your text into your message, it will look odd; but it will look fine once it's posted.

And finally, the other great thing about using the [code ][/code ] tags, is that we can watch your video and scroll down through your lyrics at the same time. Result! :cool:

My pastiche for #81, Seasons of the Ukulele. I took "I've Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" and turned it into "I've Got An Ohana Ukulele" I referenced the Danny Kaye version and the Merv Griffin version of the original song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W1XlbqMovk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf670orHKcA


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLmXBKWegB8

[CODE]Lyrics/Chords:
I’ve Got An Ohana Ukulele
(I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts a la Danny Kaye)

Intro:
F F G7 G7
C7 B7 slide C7 (barred)

Pre-Verse:
F
Recovering from the flu
C7
I needed something to do
G7 C7
Spotted a ukulele and then instantly I knew


Verses:
F
I’ve got an Ohana ukulele
C7
Ohana ukulele, concert size
C7
Soprano, concert, tenor, or baritone
G7
Give’em a play, noodle away
C7
You cannot put them down

F
I’ve got an Ohana ukulele
C7
Every time I play it makes me smile

When it’s in the case, I hear it call me name
F
Singing come and get me out, let’s play a while


Bridge:
F
Singing come and get me out, let’s play a while
C7
Singing come and get me out, let’s play a while

C7 C7
Come and get me out, come and get me out
F
Singing come and get me out, let’s play a while.


Ending: Sing first two verses and end on:

C7 F F G7 C7 F
Singing come and get me out, let’s play a while…

I'm a Kala man myself, but I certainly could relate nonetheless. Great fun :)

redpaul1
09-05-2013, 04:14 AM
Occupy Cloverdale...part deux

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7_ZtRZKkf4&feature=youtu.be
Sorry- it ain't happy, or silly or funny
I am finding that writing silly stuff ain't my bag. THis came to me on the long ride home, and I wrote it down when I got here.
To the tune of 99 Luftballoons

You and I work at the Walmart
Couldn’t get to college even though we’re smart
But the Government has a plan for us
So they stick us together on a bus
It’s off to boot camp one by one
Got a uniform and a gun
Some of us are bound to die
As 99 of our mothers cry...

First stop was Afghanistan
Finding weapons was our masterplan
We didn’t find much there to correct
But we shelled the place till there was nothing left.
Then we went to the Philippines
Chasing Al Quada, or so it seems
Our training drills light up the sky
As 99 of our mothers cry

Iraq was next stop cause Hussein is bad
See, killing people really makes us mad
We’ll show them we’ll kill them back
Circle the wagons, its time to attack
Our objective on the news is clear
And hey, we have to have somewhere to use this gear
Policing the world, it’s our right
As 99 of our mothers cry

Now Syria is in our sights
They broke the rules, we show our might
We’ll just bomb ‘em, no boots on the ground
Wait- it’s Afghanistan for another round!
We need more soldiers, where will we go
Well we have the lower classes don’t ya know
We can offer great deals they won’t deny
As 99 of our mothers cry
As 99 of our mothers cry...

99 dreams I have had
And none of them were quite like this
It's all over and I've got PTSD
But no one really cares about me
If I had been a Congressman’s kid
I’d have no worries about what I did
I’d have gone to college and made policy
Instead my mother cries for me

Like I said on your YT channel, I don't ever like to talk US politics, or indeed the politics of any country that I don't vote in. I feel it's kind of impertinent, like a guest in your house commenting on your taste in interior decoration.

Still, I can't help wondering, what would Barbara Tuchman say?
58301

Ukejenny
09-05-2013, 04:51 AM
I hope Jenny doesn't mind me using her post as an example here, but may I put out a gentle reminder to all Seasonistas posting lyrics, that if you wrap the [code ][/code ] tags (the # symbol in Advanced Editing) around your lyrics & chords, you can get your lyrics & chords displayed in your posts as you intended.

Remember also that you will need to use a monospaced typeface (Andale Mono, Consolas, Courier, or Courier New), while formatting your text. The characters, including spaces, in monospaced fonts are all exactly the same width; so using a monospaced typeface will ensure that chords are lined up above lyrics no matter what size font you use.

Non-monospaced fonts vary the width of the characters, particularly spaces, for aesthetic purposes; which is why it's difficult to get chords to line up above lyrics using a non-monospaced typeface such as Times or Lucida. As soon as you change the font size or the typeface, the spacing will change too.

When you paste in your text, the vBulletin® software that powers the UU bulletin boards will automatically put your text into Lucida Grande, which is not monospaced. So when you paste your text into your message, it will look odd; but it will look fine once it's posted.

And finally, the other great thing about using the [code ][/code ] tags, is that we can watch your video and scroll down through your lyrics at the same time. Result! :cool:

I'm a Kala man myself, but I certainly could relate nonetheless. Great fun :)

Erm, not sure I'm following you, but do you mean that I should use a font in Word that is monotype, so when I copy and paste here the chords are aligned correctly? I am not even sure I aligned them correctly when I typed them out in Word. My technical skills are spotty at best and I tend to repel technology, so will trying this blow up my computer or crash the UU servers? And, I don't mind at all being used an as example.

Your post gave me an idea for a Kala song, though I don't have a Kala uke and someone else would need to perform it. Familiar with Boy George's Karma Chameleon?

Kala, Kala, Kala, Kala, Kala uke-uhhhhh-leleeeeeeee
I love you sooooooo, I love you soooooo-oooooooo...

Ukejenny
09-05-2013, 05:00 AM
Occupy Cloverdale...part deux

Sorry- it ain't happy, or silly or funny
I am finding that writing silly stuff ain't my bag. THis came to me on the long ride home, and I wrote it down when I got here.

Maybe not silly, happy or funny, but written with incredible heart and insight. Everything serious I've ever written just comes off as making me sound like a total gritch.

redpaul1
09-05-2013, 05:13 AM
Erm, not sure I'm following you, but do you mean that I should use a font in Word that is monotype, so when I copy and paste here the chords are aligned correctly? I am not even sure I aligned them correctly when I typed them out in Word. My technical skills are spotty at best and I tend to repel technology, so will trying this blow up my computer or crash the UU servers? And, I don't mind at all being used an as example.

Hi Jenny,

First thanks for being so understanding. Second, that's exactly what I mean. Use a font in Word that is monotype, so when you copy and paste here the chords will be aligned correctly.

Third, no it won't blow up your computer or crash the UU servers. I cut and pasted your lyrics/chords into Word; saw how they (sort of) lined up in Lucida Grande (and watched your video a few times to be sure I had the changes right); selected 'all', changed the font to Consolas, and re-aligned the chords with the lyrics (and checked again on your video); then pasted them back into your post between the code tags I'd added. All at no danger to either my computer or UU's servers! :)

If that last para seems a little complex, don't worry. The key point is that I pasted your monotype-set text out of Word back into your post, and we're still here - the UU servers didn't crash!

The complexity was due to me not knowing exactly how you intended your chords and lyrics to line up. You'd have the advantage over me on that one; so if you just go straight to using a font in Word that is monotype, and post the monotype-set chords & lyrics between the code tags, they'll display exactly has you had them displayed in your Word document. HTH.



Your post gave me an idea for a Kala song, though I don't have a Kala uke and someone else would need to perform it. Familiar with Boy George's Karma Chameleon?

Kala, Kala, Kala, Kala, Kala uke-uhhhhh-leleeeeeeee
I love you sooooooo, I love you soooooo-oooooooo...

Hah! That is an idea! I don't know where I take it after that though.


It is a uke, without pretension / It just plays the song, as you strum along

Its value is unden-i-ab-le / In the mid-price range, it has no ri-i-val?

Quick! Call up Mike Upton!

Ukejenny
09-05-2013, 05:40 AM
The complexity was due to me not knowing exactly how you intended your chords and lyrics to line up. You'd have the advantage over me on that one; so if you just go straight to using a font in Word that is monotype, and post the monotype-set chords & lyrics between the code tags, they'll display exactly has you had them displayed in your Word document. HTH.

I'm not sure I know how I intended for my chords and lyrics to line up! Don't give me too much credit! :rofl:

Barbablanca
09-05-2013, 06:11 AM
Thanks for offering us all such useful advice Paul. Just one small question: how do we know a font is Monotype?

Barbablanca
09-05-2013, 07:39 AM
TCK Superb Dave! Do you want me to make this your entry? Don't worry about the seriousness. As I said in the Intro, Video Pastiches often take a song off on a crusade! Your crusade is for righteousness in a time of hypocrisy! That’s fine; a pastiche doesn't have to be funny!

UKE4IA

Hilarious! I tried bubble tea last year and found it creepy and, for me at least, the sensation in your mouth is unpleasant. But I'm funny about textures, so I really liked this line:
Don't think it's weird and screwy / Just because your drink is chewy.

While this one was a killer:
“Don't gape with fear and awe / At the nodules rising up your straw” That’s a cracking line!

Hey, I also like the recorded “extra” lines at the end! Brilliant idea! I think I’ll do bonus lines when I do some future videos, if I have made major cuts at the editing stage. Then get you guys to vote on which line fits best ;)


Bird’s Eye

I knew that song, but I never knew it was called Atomic! I thought it was called Tonight!

Your version brought a broad smile to my lips. Particularly loved these lines:
“it's very chic / it's made of teak” and “it's got four strings / it really swings”. I’m a sucker for a good rhyme!

peewee
09-05-2013, 07:58 AM
Thanks for offering us all such useful advice Paul. Just one small question: how do we know a font is Monotype?

Monotype fonts devote an equal amount of width to each letter, as opposed to most fonts giving more width to a "w" than to a"i", for example.
Standard monotype fonts that fit the description are: Monaco, Andale Mono, Courier.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samples_of_monospaced_typefaces
In word I have a sub menu under fonts called "fixed width", check for something like that.

ukuleledaveey
09-05-2013, 11:13 AM
Hi all and thanks Berni for a fun challenge. I have chosen to write words to George Formby's classic "When I'm cleaning windows"
I am not particularly a lover of Morris dancing or Folk music it just aint my thing :) so i have mocked it. Lyrics below the video, Not that i can play like old george, i do play this faster but i thought i would try and sing it a bit slower so you can understand me (hope i have lol)


http://youtu.be/wL1HwBoXbm8


Lyrics

“ I’m A Morris Dancer ”

Words by David Mascall

(To the tune of “When I’m cleaning windows”)

Now I go morris dancing, to look a proper nob
And I’ve got no social life, cos I’m a right old slob

Verse 1
Morris dancing it’s for me, I can skip quite accurately
Just like Michael Flatley, When I’m Morris Dancing

Verse 2
Ribbons, bells n’ clothes of white, tapping sticks into the night
Even though the music’s shite, I’m a Morris Dancer

Mid-Section
Morris dancing it ain’t hard, cos I like to hop.
I’ll shake my blinkin’ stick until I am told to stop.

Verse 3
My inflatable girl’s got a torn behind, my puncture repair kit I can’ find
Guess I’ll stick with going blind, Cos I’m a Morris Dancer.

Verse 4
The barmaids name I can’t recall, Into her cleavage I would fall,
My minds not on my steps at all, when I’m Morris Dancing.

Verse 5
Met a girl we had a fling, formation movement wasn’t her thing.
She even shook my Ding a ling, when I’m Morris dancing.

Mid- Section
Morris dancing it ain’t hard, cos I like to hop.
I’ll shake my blinking stick, until I am told to stop.

Verse 6
When I dance my hat I doff, my trousers are tight they make me cough.
Just beware or FOLK OFF, When I’m Morris dancing.

Verse 7
Morris dancing don’t pay the bills, but I can out hop Heather Mills.
I haven’t any other skills, when I’m a Morris dancing.

UkeyDave
09-05-2013, 12:23 PM
Hi all and thanks Berni for a fun challenge. I have chosen to write words to George Formby's classic "When I'm cleaning windows"
I am not particularly a lover of Morris dancing or Folk music it just aint my thing :) so i have mocked it. Lyrics below the video, Not that i can play like old george, i do play this faster but i thought i would try and sing it a bit slower so you can understand me (hope i have lol)



Lyrics

“ I’m A Morris Dancer ”

Words by David Mascall

(To the tune of “When I’m cleaning windows”)

Now I go morris dancing, to look a proper nob
And I’ve got no social life, cos I’m a right old slob

Verse 1
Morris dancing it’s for me, I can skip quite accurately
Just like Michael Flatley, When I’m Morris Dancing

Verse 2
Ribbons, bells n’ clothes of white, tapping sticks into the night
Even though the music’s shite, I’m a Morris Dancer

Mid-Section
Morris dancing it ain’t hard, cos I like to hop.
I’ll shake my blinkin’ stick until I am told to stop.

Verse 3
My inflatable girl’s got a torn behind, my puncture repair kit I can’ find
Guess I’ll stick with going blind, Cos I’m a Morris Dancer.

Verse 4
The barmaids name I can’t recall, Into her cleavage I would fall,
My minds not on my steps at all, when I’m Morris Dancing.

Verse 5
Met a girl we had a fling, formation movement wasn’t her thing.
She even shook my Ding a ling, when I’m Morris dancing.

Mid- Section
Morris dancing it ain’t hard, cos I like to hop.
I’ll shake my blinking stick, until I am told to stop.

Verse 6
When I dance my hat I doff, my trousers are tight they make me cough.
Just beware or FOLK OFF, When I’m Morris dancing.

Verse 7
Morris dancing don’t pay the bills, but I can out hop Heather Mills.
I haven’t any other skills, when I’m a Morris dancing.

Pure genius.

UncleMoon
09-05-2013, 01:14 PM
(5)
I'd never heard the original, which I'm guessing is a fairly recent song made to sound like it was from an earlier era. In other words, it was a pastiche itself!!!


It's from 1981 - was #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart here in the US, and #11 on the UK Singles Charts.

redpaul1
09-05-2013, 02:49 PM
Thanks for offering us all such useful advice Paul. Just one small question: how do we know a font is Monotype?

The ones I mentioned (Andale Mono, Consolas, Courier and Courier New) are all monotype.

p.s.,

And what peewee said.

TCK
09-05-2013, 08:27 PM
TCK Superb Dave! Do you want me to make this your entry? Don't worry about the seriousness. As I said in the Intro, Video Pastiches often take a song off on a crusade! Your crusade is for righteousness in a time of hypocrisy! That’s fine; a pastiche doesn't have to be funny!

Thanks Berni- no real concerns here about what is an entry and what ain't, but the views and comments lead me to believe that this one is better than the last. I would love it on the entry playlist just for a few folks that may not have seen it yet if it is not too much trouble.

thesillydave
09-05-2013, 08:36 PM
well, berni, bringing it back to the silliness...real vs. fake, toast vs. muffins, butter or margarine.... my entry...a pastiche of build me up buttercup...

http://youtu.be/nQS56xL98bg
cheers all!

Why won’t you melt for me, parkay, baby
It’s a bunch of crock, country crock
And imperial, I never got a crown
And then there’s chiffon, you let me down
I want butter, more than anything else
You know that I have from the start
So, give me butter, even if you’re bad for my heart
“I’ll taste just the same” you told me time and again
It’s not true, and I believed in you
I tried you on toast and wanted the most
To believe, but you’re just not the same
Hey, hey, hey. I can’t believe ---it’s not butter
Just wanted something other
That’ll melt and taste the same as you oo, hoo oo, hoo ooo
Why won’t you melt for me, parkay, baby
It’s a bunch of crock, country crock
And imperial, I never got a crown
And then there’s chiffon you let me down

I want butter, more than anything else
You k now that I have from the start
So, give me butter, even if you’re bad for my heart
My docter told me I need to lessen the fat I enjoy
It’s for my heart he said
Gotta learn to love those fake butters --or maybe soy
Or I’ll soon be dead
Hey, hey, hey. I really know it’s not butter
Realy wanted something other
That’l melt and taste the same as you oo hoo oo hoo ooo
Why won’t you melt for me, parkay, baby
It’s a bunch of crock, country crock
And imperial, I never got a crown
And then there’s chiffon you let me down
I want butter, more than anything else
You know that I have from the start
So, give me butter, even if you’re bad for my heart
I-I-I-I-I I want butter, more than anything else
Salted or fresh from the churn
So, give me butter, and say no to marger---eeeen! Olio!

mythinformed
09-05-2013, 11:06 PM
Well heres my little rushed offering for this season, I haven't got time to tidy it up but hope its bearable anyway.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQQd1w3tWkw







'Bright Side Of Life ~ The Hypercondriacs Take'


Sometimes my back is bad, it’s the worse pain I’ve ever had
My kneecaps lock when I am making love
When I’m climbing up the stair, even though I do take care
I get this nagging thumping in me chest ….and

You’ll always find me waiting in A & E
You’ll always find me at a dispensary

I swear me flesh is rotten so I dress me self in cotton
So as not to cause offence to them who stare
But then me heart begins to thump, I feel I need a dump
My bowels just open up around me ring

And you’ll always find me waiting at A&E
You’ll always find me at a dispensary

For an Involuntary turd, believe me it’s the worst
To have that utter panic in ya pants
Forget about about the bin, shake it down ya shin
Nobody might have seen ya anyhow

No-one believes I’m always fighting for breath
Or that everyday I’m one step closer to death

An accidental shit, a growth in my armpit,
Life support and resus ‘cos I’m blue
Its not all just a show, I’ve no pulse or blood flow
No wonder the NHS is really screwed

And you’ll always find me waiting at A&E
You’ll always find me at a dispensary

pabrizzer
09-06-2013, 12:56 AM
Didn't mention the season but this is all the season's fault.
The syncing is an issue. I've used garage band for multi-tracking before but have not tried to add a track to a video.
All a bit of a mess really.
I Like a Drink is really different enough from Seasick Steve's Down On The Farm to call it my own small creation I think but that song was my starting point.
A garage band track with effects with my 1920's banjouke and the video track with singing and banjouke.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgcejNpDlwQ

I Like A Drink

I like a whiskey
A bourbon or rye
Rum or a vodka
Here’s mud in your eye
Oh yeah
I like a drink

A double double
At the end of the day
Two chunks of ice
On the rocks is my way
Oh yeah
I like a drink

I like a drink
I like a drink
Just keep your temperance
‘Cause I like a drink

Don’t do no mixin’
I like it straight
None of that soft stuff
Just its natural state
Oh yeah
I like a drink

My wife says it’s bad
Killin’ cells in my brain
I tell her it’s helpin’
To keep me sane
Oh yeah
I like a drink

Here is Seasick Steve's Down on the Farm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPzlYsaJyKI

Barbablanca
09-06-2013, 01:05 AM
UkuleleDavey

Brilliant intro. ...And the song was super! I've got Morris Dancing friends, but I'm sure they’d love it too. If George Formby had been from your area, I reckon he’d have sounded just like you!

I also admire how you’ve captured the “near the knuckle” humour of the original, but made it your own. The inflatable girl verse is a cracker: obvious for an adult, but a kid would probably not get it. Or at least a kid in Formby’s heyday wouldn’t. Today's kids seem to know things I didn't learn about till I was 18 at least.


The Silly Dave

That was fun and I could really identify with your problem. I have to take pills for my cholesterol. Apparently, my body is a “cholesterol factory on its own”, so I can’t afford to overdose on butter or cheese. I argued with the Doctor thus: “We are all different. If my body produces it in quantities, maybe it needs it?” He replied: “Any sudden deaths in your family from heart attacks?” – I began to lose count on one hand. “Ahhhh....... OK Doc, Where’s that prescription?”

I wish the jury was still out on saturated fats, but I think the weight of evidence shows that the harm cholesterol build up from that source does is virtually undeniable.

I have always had a soft spot for the original, it was one of those summer hits from my young manhood that take me back to simpler times whenever I hear it.

There are some great lines in there, but, IMHO, the chorus is its strongest point.
BTW.... I prefer the sung words to those on the lyric sheet, was that “on the fly” editing or are the “published” lyrics your final edit?

Mythinformed

Well, if there was one, that’d get the prize for the grossest pastiche of the week :) ..... though, from our PMs, I know the one you originally planned to do would have put this one in the shade ;)

I love the idea of a hypochondriac version of this song, but if I am honest, I have to say I think you spend too long on the scatological (shit obsessed) areas of human illness here. If I were you I'd cut down the loose bowels references to a one liner like the one here:

“I swear me flesh is rotten so I dress me self in cotton
So as not to cause offence to them who stare (best lines for me these)
But then me heart begins to thump, I feel I need a dump”

And keeping the rhyme, I’d finish that line:

I rush to the loo and almost make it there.

The audience then imagines what happened next. You don't need to describe it in full gory detail.

Then I'd cut the grosser references in the following verses and concentrate more on the other things this hypochondriac could fear he has got – Unlikely things could be fun – Leprosy? Ebola?

But that is probably just me, trying to maintain decorum on a family site. The version as it stands would go down well at the pub or rugby club.

mythinformed
09-06-2013, 01:29 AM
Cheers Berni ...........that was also a toned down version !!:D
Good points I will take on board though.

Barbablanca
09-06-2013, 01:35 AM
The week is coming to a close and we still haven't had a lot of first time lyric writers offer us their creations (which was my main thrust in choosing this theme). I firmly believe everyone can write lyrics - you just have to fight the inertia and the fear that you can't do such a thing. Then once you've written one, the rest come a lot easier.

I can reveal here that one of the most useful resources on the web for a songwriter is this rhyming dictionary (http://www.rhymezone.com/) - If you get stuck on a rhyme, use this and it will often inspire you to come up with an original way of using what, without it, might have been a hackneyed rhyme.

eg: You've written.
My baby she is mellow (and the only rhyme that occurs is yellow, so you follow this with)
Dressed in red and yellow

It's OK, it works, but it doesn't communicate much, nor is it punchy.
A visit to the dictionary might inspire these possible alternatives:

When playing on her cello (improvement, because the cello is a mellow instrument and we learn "baby" is talented.
We met in a bordello (takes the song into Jake Thackeray country)
Not like that guy Othello (you tell us she isn't jealous and give yourself a literary pat on the back for mentioning Shakespeare)
A character by Pirandello You show off your literary knowledge of the author of "Six Characters in Search of an Author" or get your audience looking up who the hell you are name dropping.

Get the idea?

So c'mon all of you who haven't jumped the fence yet, get writing and let's see those videos before Sunday!

Barbablanca
09-06-2013, 03:05 AM
Cheers Berni ...........that was also a toned down version !!:D
Good points I will take on board though.

It was my Dad who got me thinking along these lines. I once had a song about Northern Ireland at the time of the troubles. It envisaged some squaddies sat around a copy of the Sun looking at page three, ignoring the political section of the paper explaining the complexity of the NI situation.

My line originally read:
"Christ what a pair of knockers,
I would love to give her one!"

My Dad said it was crude. I argued that it was realistic, something the squaddies would actually say. My Dad said it would simply offend many of his generation and they would stop listening.

I thought about it and came up with these lines, which I think still do the same job... but are miles better.

"Christ what a pair of show stoppers,
She sure puts the lead in my gun"

Since then, I have kept my Dad over my shoulder as a silent editor, even ten years after he passed.

wallyboy
09-06-2013, 03:49 AM
HI'll record mine tonight, just bought new computer and video editor, hopefully should go on ok, been bit of a challenge, all new to me

bonesigh
09-06-2013, 05:24 AM
I'd like to add "We bathe in amber jello" to the list (:

The week is coming to a close and we still haven't had a lot of first time lyric writers offer us their creations (which was my main thrust in choosing this theme). I firmly believe everyone can write lyrics - you just have to fight the inertia and the fear that you can't do such a thing. Then once you've written one, the rest come a lot easier.

I can reveal here that one of the most useful resources on the web for a songwriter is this rhyming dictionary (http://www.rhymezone.com/) - If you get stuck on a rhyme, use this and it will often inspire you to come up with an original way of using what, without it, might have been a hackneyed rhyme.

eg: You've written.
My baby she is mellow (and the only rhyme that occurs is yellow, so you follow this with)
Dressed in red and yellow

It's OK, it works, but it doesn't communicate much, nor is it punchy.
A visit to the dictionary might inspire these possible alternatives:

When playing on her cello (improvement, because the cello is a mellow instrument and we learn "baby" is talented.
We met in a bordello (takes the song into Jake Thackeray country)
Not like that guy Othello (you tell us she isn't jealous and give yourself a literary pat on the back for mentioning Shakespeare)
A character by Pirandello You show off your literary knowledge of the author of "Six Characters in Search of an Author" or get your audience looking up who the hell you are name dropping.

Get the idea?

So c'mon all of you who haven't jumped the fence yet, get writing and let's see those videos before Sunday!

Barbablanca
09-06-2013, 06:06 AM
I'd like to add "We bathe in amber jello" to the list (:

With pleasure, Ma'am ;)

UkeyDave
09-06-2013, 06:54 AM
Here is my effort at putting lyrics to a popular tune. THIS IS MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT WRITING LYRICS. This is a parody of "Enjoy Yourself" see here for the Prince Buster version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64tktZbEmmQ
Roughly every fortnight I meet up with my mates in the pub prior going to the Football where I am a long suffering season ticket holder. This is a little ditty about this regular social event.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URSI6PpN3xs

Oh and here are the lyrics:

Enjoy a pint, when we go down the pub
Enjoy a pint, before watching our football club
The beers flows down, as quickly as we drink
Enjoy a beer enjoy a beer then tell em what you think


On sat’day when we are playing at home
The lads go down the pub to have a moan
That team we watch and we’re not polite
Because sometimes it’s like watching a load of shite


Enjoy a pint, when we go down the pub
Enjoy a pint, before watching our football club
The beers flows down, as quickly as we drink
Enjoy a beer enjoy a beer then tell em what you think


At quart to one we arrive
And it seems like theres no one there alive
But within a space of half an hour
The place is full of fat blokes getting louder


Enjoy a pint, when we go down the pub
Enjoy a pint, before watching our football club
The beers flows down, as quickly as we drink
Enjoy a beer enjoy a beer then tell em what you think

Enjoy a laugh, when we go down the pub
Enjoy a laugh, then we might eat some grub
Then we all part and go our separate ways
To watch some sport to watch some sport
and end a perfect day

laura809
09-06-2013, 08:16 AM
I decided to write an instrumental for this week's entry. My tune was written in the style of a composer named Jay Ungar. I was particularly inspired by two of his compositions: Ashokan Farewell and Lover's Waltz.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKsPx3lSz9o&feature=c4-overview&list=UULFe4OOkmTglN_v4Nrsg5Uw

bonesigh
09-06-2013, 08:49 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6243-okrUq0&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Hope to make you laugh today (: This was a video I did some time ago. Back when I had a good movie maker. I just bought a new one and redid this video with some extra content and and overlay of my bass ukulele. Enjoy!


“Love Me, I’m a Rock”
G
Well, there was this guy named Roy (was this guy named Roy)
And when he would call my name (was this guy named Roy)
C7 G
I’d say now, “You hoo, yoo hoo, yes, I’m your fool now
(was this guy named Roy)
G
Mmmmm, I really fell for Roy (was this guy named Roy)
G7 C
Gonna’ love him, he sets me on fire
G D
Oh, my honey loves me, he loves me
G Em
He get down on his knees and hug me
C D G
He loves me, I’m a rock
C F C G
He rocks me like his ukulele and loves me
G
He love me, love me, love me, love me

G
So he owned this minivan (owned a minivan)
Yes, he bought it for a grand (owned a minivan)
C7 G
I said now “Oh no, oh no I’m overdue now!” (owned a minivan)
We had to consummate our plans (owned a minivan)
G7 C
We need to get some maturity
G D
Oh, my honey loves me, he loves me

G Em
He get down on his knees and hug me

C D G
He loves me, I’m a rock

C F C G
He rocks me like his ukulele and loves me
G
He love me, love me, love me, love me

G
Mmmmm, it was an accident (was an accident)
And that’s all that I can say (was an accident)
C7 G
I said now “Who do, who do you think we should name him after
(name him after who)
G
Hey, he’s got real sex appeal (real sex appeal)
G7 C
Yes, we’re up on the church alter


G D
Oh, my honey loves me, he loves me
G Em
He got on his knees, proposed to me

C D G
He loves me, I’m a rock
C F C G
He rocks me like his ukulele and loves me
G
He love me, love me, love me, love me

He love me, love me, love me, love me
He love me, love me, love me, love me
He love me, love me, love me, love me

UkeyDave
09-06-2013, 09:23 AM
I decided to write an instrumental for this week's entry. My tune was written in the style of a composer named Jay Ungar. I was particularly inspired by two of his compositions: Ashokan Farewell and Lover's Waltz.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKsPx3lSz9o&feature=c4-overview&list=UULFe4OOkmTglN_v4Nrsg5Uw

Wow - this is lovely.

wallyboy
09-06-2013, 01:04 PM
heres my bash fun to do, sorry about lyrics I typed them and got time out,
a well respected uke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST1vMeDNvuk&feature=youtu.be

Barbablanca
09-06-2013, 02:56 PM
Pabrizzer BONUS That one rocks! ..... and .... I can identify with the sentiments. Since my daughter reached adolescence, I've liked a drink too!

Did you read (on the original video page) that, apparently, SSS’s record company gave him the money to make a video for this song. He spent it on the tractor you hear at the beginning and made this really amateurish, but fun video. The guy is a one off.


UkeyDave

For a first timer, that’s really great! I'm so pleased that this Season got you to write some lyrics!

There are some great lines in this (Fat blokes getting louder....) and the last verse is just perfect!

Laura 809

You’re lucky; I know Jay Ungar’s work and admire it greatly. You certainly capture the feel of Ungar’s melodic movement in this new piece. Very nice.... But I was just really getting into it, when it stopped!

Bonesigh

That’s smashing! And so surreal! Really effective combination of start/stop animation with other layered still techniques (the hearts, etc). I actually prefer your version to the original! I’d never really paid much attention to the lyrics of that catchy tune, but now I just read them and can only conclude the original was not one of Paul’s most golden moments.... Your narrative develops, his jumps about all over the place and was probably influenced by substance abuse (:rolleyes: Where is an innocently whistling smiley when you need one?)

Wallyboy

I’m guessing this was built on “Well respected man about town” by the Kinks, you didn’t say.
You get a really hypnotic feel going with this one WB – it reminded me of the poet WH Auden’s delivery at times in style (though not the accent, he was a right toff ;) ). This is especially true on the chorus, which really drives the momentum of the song and gets close to rap, as you go along. Your Uke playing is really coming along and you're finding your strengths vocally. As the song says, it’s all about having fun with your instrument!

Any chance of finding a moment to add the lyrics sometime?

bird's eye view of my ukelele
09-06-2013, 03:40 PM
My Dad said it would simply offend many of his generation
i think it would offend many of any generation :(

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-06-2013, 03:52 PM
The lyrics (even of the title) of Nirvana's "Rape Me" are quite disturbing, but the song is so catchy. How about a version that's delicious rather than horrific?


http://youtu.be/AV3LF-Mnzj0

grape leaves, grape leaves my friend
grape leaves, grape leaves again

i can't eat only one...

grape leaves, roll one, roll another yeah
tasty grape leaves again

i can't eat only one...

despite austerity,
rice, spices, and minced meat---
it's such a delicious treat
wrapped up inside of a leaf

grape leaves, grape leaves my friend
grape leaves, grape leaves again

i can't eat only one...

(Thanks for a fun challenge, Berni, and thanks for a great Season, everyone.)

myrnaukelele
09-06-2013, 05:34 PM
I'm working on a song and hope it comes together by Sunday. I did write a pastiche last April for Freeda's knock-off contest. So here's a bonus - this is set to the melody of Tammy Wynette's D-I-V-O-R-C-E. It's called U-K-U-L-E-L-E.

http://youtu.be/DV9gfPzjSC8
I wrote a second verse when I was at UWC:
I went on down to Nashville town and I bought a Mainland today.
I buy 'em from the UU Underground and I bid on them on EBay.
A teeny tiny custom uke will be in my hands before long
And if you've got a uke to sell come see me after this song. :cool:

redpaul1
09-06-2013, 07:16 PM
In which I drop the F bomb, not once, but twice. Still better an F bomb than a 'smart' bomb....

http://youtu.be/yY2va5plaTE

Ah, this summit brings back memories--
Teargas! lockdowns!! romance!

My life was wrapped around this circus--

Her name was Syria. I met her at the G-20, in old St. Pete. Ah Syria.

(ad lib sung/spoken)
She had the most glorious places under the sun.
Damascus, Aleppo! Latakia! Homs.

C
Syria, Oh Syria, Say, have you seen Syria,
G
Syria, that ****ed-up nation?
F C F C
The people there all do war so,
F Dm F Dm
And wars when they're civil are oh so more so,
C
Syria, oh Syria, that utter disa-ayster
F
Oh Syria, Queen of The Le-vant,
Dm Dm Dm
On her back from the armies of Al-Assad, who's
F F F
Fighting his people and Al-Qaeda too
C F
Off her shores lies the fleet of the red, white
& blue,
C G C
You can learn a lot from Syria

C
La-da-da...da-da-dum.
Eb
La-da-da...da-da-dum.

Eb
She presents you a view of a country in ruins
Bb
Though who's doing what to who where

Neither NBC, AP or the BBC
D
Have even the slight-est id-e-ah

Eb
La-da-da...da-da-dum.
C
La-da-da...da-da-dum.

C
Syria, Oh Syria, Say have you seen Syria,
G
Syria that ****ed-up nation,
F C F C
No chance the tension starts relaxin',
F Dm F Dm
As up the hill comes the new Andrew Jackson
C
Syria, oh Syria, say have you met Syria,
F
Syria, the plaything of all,
Dm
The French and the US are itching to bomb him
F
But Assad's got friends 'mongst the Iranians & Russians,
C F
Meanwhile the children just carry on sufferin'
C G C
The posturing looks oh so familiar!

C
I said Syria
He said Syria
They said Syria
We said Syria
La-la!

redpaul1
09-06-2013, 11:14 PM
Comments on the Season 81 (2)

[snip]
Jazzbanjorex

Any chance of a link to the original, please Rex. I'm sure it'll be even funnier when I hear the original.
I love the chorus!

PS Thanks for including the link. I had heard this in the background somewhere, some time back, but at the time I had thought it was a Sting song that I didn't know.
[snip]


I can hear the Sting reference now you mention it, but what I've often heard said is that the melody to STIUTK is essentially 'Three Blind Mice'; which, of course, is to take nothing away from Rex's super contribution to this week's Season, but that may be the connection you were unconsciously making: it was just some song that you used to know :)

redpaul1
09-06-2013, 11:42 PM
[snip]
Bonesigh

That’s smashing! And so surreal! Really effective combination of start/stop animation with other layered still techniques (the hearts, etc). I actually prefer your version to the original! I’d never really paid much attention to the lyrics of that catchy tune, but now I just read them and can only conclude the original was not one of Paul’s most golden moments.... Your narrative develops, his jumps about all over the place and was probably influenced by substance abuse (:rolleyes: Where is an innocently whistling smiley when you need one?)
[snip]

Another 'what I have heard down the pub' intervention: apparently a lot of Paul Simon's post-Garfunkel lyrics are literally made up on the spot. He gets a chord progression going and starts extemporising, which probably explains why so much of his later oeuvre is prone to non-sequential narratives - but no doubt it is possible that controlled substances do get a look in now and again.

Oh, and Janet's take was indeed smashing (as are all her takes this week)! :agree:

Barbablanca
09-06-2013, 11:51 PM
Comments (10)

The Only Uke that Matters

That was fun! Great playing; you really get the riff off perfect. And I am so with you on stuffed vine leaves! I love them. But my wife would sing: “I can’t even eat one!” . But I am slightly concerned at your ingredient list. The ones I buy don’t have meat... or at least I hope they don’t ... I’ll be eyeing the packet more carefully before popping the next one into my mouth, since I'm vegetarian. I also didn’t know the original was “Rape me!” What was Kurt thinking?

MyrnaUkulele BONUS

Nice to hear that one again. I remember enjoying it last time I heard it.
It’s a great tribute to us sufferers of UAS. The 2nd Verse is great. I did exactly what you describe in the first line this summer. “Red Cedar 4 Ever”

Redpaul

What a hard hitting lyric Paul and wrapped up so well with the spoken intro and outro. Stroke of genius putting it to the old Marx brothers song “Lydia” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVBBxptpSY8)

There are so many great lines in your version. This verse is just spot on:

She presents you a view of a country in ruins
Though who's doing what to who where
Neither NBC, AP or the BBC
Have even the slight-est id-e-ah

Poor Syriah really is a mess... and, as usual, it all comes down to different gangs of bullies seeking for dominance in the playground, while the vast majority of people just want to get on with their lives and enjoy "school".

TheUkeBloke
09-07-2013, 12:13 AM
My entry for Season 81. Inspired by "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U2)"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur2U5_iwmmw

I have played my very best
I have sung from my chest
Trying to win a prize
In a ukulele season

Now its season eighty-one
And I know its lots of fun
But I want to win
A badge or lapel pin

Has the host now found what he’s looking for
A real-good pasti chuer to endure

I have followed many hot tips
Victory’s slipped from my grips
It burned like fire
As the flames went higher

I have sucked up to the host
I have followed every post
Missed my chicken roast
Made do with cold toast

Has the host now found what he’s looking for
A real-good pasti chuer to endure

Is-this the kingdom come
When other entries blend-into one
Blend into one ...
Leaving mine a clear favorite

Bought a new uke and learnt to sing
Filed the frets and replaced the strings
Replaced the strings ... you better believe it

Has the host now found what he’s looking for
A real-good pasti chuer to endure
Has the host now found what he’s looking for

bbbannister
09-07-2013, 05:44 AM
Rising Sun and Pouring Rain

A pastiche that reflects on what houses know. The original... House of the rising sun.


http://youtu.be/_CaoTnDA3ic


Here's the lyric:

Am * * * * * * *C. * * * * * *D. * * * * *F
Within the walls of many a house
Am. * * * * *C. * * * * * E7
A secret can be told
Am. * * * * * * *C. * * *D. * * * * *F
A world within a world exists
* * * * * Am * * * * E. * * * *Am. * * * * *E7
Many truths never divulged.*


* * * * * Am. * * * *C. * * * * * *D. * * * * * * * * * * F
Some tell of love and comfort and care
* * * * * * Am. * * * * * * * * *C. * * * * * * * * * * E7
Whilst others they squeal at the pain
Am. * * * * * * * * * * *C. * * * * * * *D. * * * * * * * * * *F
Still more they speak of laughter and fun
* * * * * * * *Am * * * E. * * * * *Am. * * * E7
Rising sun or pouring rain.*


* * * * * Am. * * * *C. * * * * * *D. * * * * * * * * * * F
A shout a strike a drunken fight*
* * * * * * *Am. * * * * * * * * * * C. * * * * * * * *E7
Words that would be better, un said.*
* * * Am. * * * * * * C. * * * * * * * * * * * * * *D. * * * * * * * * * *F
A kiss, a heartbeat snatched away in the night*
* * * * * *Am * * * * * *E. * * * * *Am. * * * E7
Love lost forever, hearts of lead.*


* * * Am. * * * * * * * *C. * * * * * *D * * * * * * F *
If walls could speak or tell us a tail
* * * * * * * * * Am. * * * * * * * C. * * * * * *E7
Many a crime would come clear
* * Am. * * * * * * * * * * * * * C * * * * * *D. * * * * * * * * *F
Darkness would be light, revealing the night
* *Am * * * * * * * * * E. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Am. * * * E7
Ball and chain again many would fear.*


Am. * * * * * * * *C. * * * * * *D * * * * * * F *
But Silent they stand, hand in hand
* * * * *Am. * * * * * * * C. * * * * * *E7
With lives that are ever on the run*
* *Am. * * * * * * * * * * * * * C * * * * * *D. * * * * * * * * *F
From New Orleans to London town*
* *Am * * * * * *E. * * * * * * * * * Am. * *
Beneath that rising sun*

Enjoy ;-)

BB

bonesigh
09-07-2013, 06:40 AM
Thanks guys (: This has been a fun week Berni!

Another 'what I have heard down the pub' intervention: apparently a lot of Paul Simon's post-Garfunkel lyrics are literally made up on the spot. He gets a chord progression going and starts extemporising, which probably explains why so much of his later oeuvre is prone to non-sequential narratives - but no doubt it is possible that controlled substances do get a look in now and again.

Oh, and Janet's take was indeed smashing (as are all her takes this week)! :agree:

bonesigh
09-07-2013, 06:47 AM
This is so good! Now you need to come up with a tune of your own and you've got a great song you wrote and composed yourself!

Rising Sun and Pouring Rain

A pastiche that reflects on what houses know. The original... House of the rising sun.


http://youtu.be/_CaoTnDA3ic


Here's the lyric:

Am * * * * * * *C. * * * * * *D. * * * * *F
Within the walls of many a house
Am. * * * * *C. * * * * * E7
A secret can be told
Am. * * * * * * *C. * * *D. * * * * *F
A world within a world exists
* * * * * Am * * * * E. * * * *Am. * * * * *E7
Many truths never divulged.*


* * * * * Am. * * * *C. * * * * * *D. * * * * * * * * * * F
Some tell of love and comfort and care
* * * * * * Am. * * * * * * * * *C. * * * * * * * * * * E7
Whilst others they squeal at the pain
Am. * * * * * * * * * * *C. * * * * * * *D. * * * * * * * * * *F
Still more they speak of laughter and fun
* * * * * * * *Am * * * E. * * * * *Am. * * * E7
Rising sun or pouring rain.*


* * * * * Am. * * * *C. * * * * * *D. * * * * * * * * * * F
A shout a strike a drunken fight*
* * * * * * *Am. * * * * * * * * * * C. * * * * * * * *E7
Words that would be better, un said.*
* * * Am. * * * * * * C. * * * * * * * * * * * * * *D. * * * * * * * * * *F
A kiss, a heartbeat snatched away in the night*
* * * * * *Am * * * * * *E. * * * * *Am. * * * E7
Love lost forever, hearts of lead.*


* * * Am. * * * * * * * *C. * * * * * *D * * * * * * F *
If walls could speak or tell us a tail
* * * * * * * * * Am. * * * * * * * C. * * * * * *E7
Many a crime would come clear
* * Am. * * * * * * * * * * * * * C * * * * * *D. * * * * * * * * *F
Darkness would be light, revealing the night
* *Am * * * * * * * * * E. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Am. * * * E7
Ball and chain again many would fear.*


Am. * * * * * * * *C. * * * * * *D * * * * * * F *
But Silent they stand, hand in hand
* * * * *Am. * * * * * * * C. * * * * * *E7
With lives that are ever on the run*
* *Am. * * * * * * * * * * * * * C * * * * * *D. * * * * * * * * *F
From New Orleans to London town*
* *Am * * * * * *E. * * * * * * * * * Am. * *
Beneath that rising sun*

Enjoy ;-)

BB

Barbablanca
09-07-2013, 07:14 AM
This is so good! Now you need to come up with a tune of your own and you've got a great song you wrote and composed yourself!

Ah, you have beaten me to the grand reveal! :cool: That's what I had planned to tell all the first timers when this was over.

I remember reading in a Music Magazine, many moons ago, that quite a few well known songs started life as lyrics set to existing melodies. The composers found themselves singing other words to the latest hit and then after sketching out the "new" song, they put the original tune out of their mind and came up with a whole new melody and "Voila!" a totally new song is born!

A certain Mr Zimmerman used that technique a lot in his early days, we were told. Though, of course, he (or his publishing company) also had the cheek to lift entire "traditional" melodies and never acknowledge sources ;)

Barbablanca
09-07-2013, 07:17 AM
The Uke Bloke – You certainly put a wry smile on my lips with this one and even made me laugh out loud with this verse:

I have sucked up to the host
I have followed every post
Missed my chicken roast
Made do with cold toast

I needed a laugh from Australia this afternoon having seen that country go down the dead end of the so called "Liberal" economics path.... yet again. Er... but let's not go there shall we.... This host still has not found what he is looking for when it comes to politics ;)

BBanister

One of the most poetic entries we’ve had, I think.
I particularly liked how Verse 4 hints at the punishment that would be meted out to those whose hidden crimes were revealed by talking walls (and at the same time that line echoes the original – clever).

Of course, the pedant in me wonders how walls stand “hand in hand” – since they are not famed for having such appendages... But that’s just a minor detail. Well done Mr. B!

uke4ia
09-07-2013, 09:58 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrPmwIJvWOo

This is my official entry, because it's the only new set of lyrics I'm writing this week. The tune is Arcade Fire's song "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)". You can hear the original at: Sprawl II (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab2DDmwYVQw)


Lyrics:

I saw this week's theme and I bolted upright
Pulled out my notebook and I started to write
I jotted lines down at a furious clip
Pithy and powerful and straight from the hip

The first draft's perfect, not needing a tweak
I'm gonna bowl everyone over this week
But when I start to play, I hit a brick wall
I just can't read my own illegible scrawl

Trying to read my scrawl
There's no hope at all
Does that say "mountain" or "Monsignor"? I can't read what I write
I curse you, cursive! Someone teach me to type

The camera's running, I'm on take thirty-two
I mumble, hem and haw, and fake my way through
'Cause when I start to play, I'm up against the wall
I just can't read my own illegible scrawl

Trying to read my scrawl
There's no hope at all
Is that "entranced" or "intonation"? I can't read what I write
I curse you, cursive! Someone teach me to type

I curse you, cursive! Someone teach me to type

wallyboy
09-07-2013, 10:52 AM
thanks for wise words berni,

heres lyrics
well I've got a little uke
and its very very cute
I like to sing a song
but i'm not very strong
i'm still in the hood
doing what I should
chorus
and its a great little uke
its better than a flute
it doesn't cost much loot
its great great fun
hope to pass it to my son
its a well respected little uke
doing everything it can
so easily

and I take it to work
every single day
and it doesn't shirk
its always on the go
every break time you know
its fun all the way
chorus
I've always wanted to play
an instrument one day
then the uke came along
and also the song
they go hand in hand
all part of the plan
chorus

its nearly a year
and oh my dear
its hear to stay
as long as I can play
a happy little song
that keeps me bobbing along
chorus

wallyboy
09-07-2013, 10:56 AM
as you are a guru berni,
when you make up your own lyrics, what is the best way to sort out chords that suit your lyrics

myrnaukelele
09-07-2013, 11:48 AM
Like TCK, I wanted to make a statement this week. I've written a protest song about the massive Pebble Mine project being planned for Alaska - http://www.savebristolbay.org/about-the-bay/about-pebble-mine
this is (sort of) set to the tune of Tennessee Ernie Ford's 16 tons. It's called 10 Billion Tons.

http://youtu.be/b7WuH5zMix0


10 Billion Tons
Am F E
The largest run of salmon on the planet today
Am F E
Swim the pristine waters of Bristol Bay
Am F E
Sockeyes and chum and silvers and kings
Am F E
Swimming and spawning up rivers and streams ~
Am F E
Cho: Dig an open pit mine - what will you behold?
Am F E
Tailings piled high causing damage untold.
Am F E
Stop this looming disaster called the Pebble Mine
Am E Am
Protect Alaska's wild salmon - that's the bottom line.

10 billion tons of waste rock to store
Behind massive earthen dams full of chemicals galore
Seep into the groundwater and contaminate the streams
Feeding Bristol Bay headwaters - CATASTROPHE!
Dig an open pit mine and what will you behold?
Tailings piled high causing damage untold.
Prevent this looming disaster called the Pebble Mine
Protect Alaska's wild salmon -that's the bottom line. 2x
Have we sold our souls for Big Mining's control(some copper and gold?)

What page are the directions on for making your lyrics and chords line up? I will play with it later today- I'm off to can tomatoes.

pabrizzer
09-07-2013, 12:18 PM
Like TCK, I wanted to make a statement this week. I've written a protest song about the massive Pebble Mine project being planned for Alaska - http://www.savebristolbay.org/about-the-bay/about-pebble-mine
this is (sort of) set to the tune of Tennessee Ernie Ford's 16 tons. It's called 10 Billion Tons.


To your last question in your lyrics - the answer is yes.

In Australia a new government has just been elected and one of their main policies is to remove a tax on big mining companies and they also propose to relax environmental "red tape" on new development.

myrnaukelele
09-07-2013, 12:34 PM
To your last question in your lyrics - the answer is yes.

In Australia a new government has just been elected and one of their main policies is to remove a tax on big mining companies and they also propose to relax environmental "red tape" on new development.
pabrizzer - I fear you may be right- Big Mining is in favor with the Alaskan politicians. The fishermen and the people who live near the proposed mine are fighting for their livlihoods and way of life but I worry they will lose.
My first rhyme was actually"have we sold our souls for some copper and gold?" which works better lyrically. But I was afraid many people would say "Not a bad deal" what with the price of copper and gold these days.

Shady Wilbury
09-07-2013, 12:57 PM
I think you just align them as you wish, then click the # symbol in the editor, with the lyrics and chords highlighted.

Hope that helps.

pabrizzer
09-07-2013, 01:02 PM
BBanister
Of course, the pedant in me wonders how walls stand “hand in hand” – since they are not famed for having such appendages... But that’s just a minor detail. Well done Mr. B!

Sorry Berni but you are being way too pedantic here.
When is metaphor ever true or physically possible?

Now before you argue that it is not strictly a metaphor I believe Bob well knows that walls cannot stand hand in hand but chose to use it in its metaphorical sense.

Time marches on? Not possible.
All the world's a stage?
Chaos is a friend of mine? (Bob Dylan)
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. (Pablo Picasso) Like the walls, art doesn't possess the appendages to wash anything.

And I like the idea that people standing hand in hand are indeed a truly formidable wall.
Sadly a wall rarely formed.

Barbablanca
09-07-2013, 02:25 PM
Sorry Berni but you are being way too pedantic here.

I know, it's one of my many faults. :) In this case, it just struck me as odd, that's all. It had the feel of a line written for the rhyme, rather than a newly minted metaphor. With walls we talk about a wall of dead, or a wall of death, etc. We have existing phrases associated with them, like, "Brick by brick" for example. So, if you coin a new phrase I think it has to have some internal logic that people recognise, or you risk them being pulled up by it and losing the flow.

I wholeheartedly agree with you about human chains, but then they are not really walls, are they?

BTW on Wednesday, Catalonia will attempt to form a human chain (http://catalanassembly.org/2013/04/26/the-catalan-way/) from its northern border (the Pyrenees) to it's Southern border, just beyond the Ebro as part of a campaign to push for Catalonia being given the right to vote on whether it would like to be independent, or not.

Barbablanca
09-07-2013, 02:54 PM
I am no Guru, Wally! As Van the Man says: "No Guru, No method!" :)

However, I have been a songwriter since I was 15, so I'll offer you some advice.

There is no hard and fast way to decide which chords go best with your new lyrics. It helps to have a clear idea of the melody you want to sing them to. That will determine the chords, usually.

But if you mean how is it best to come up with a melody? Then I'd advise, at first, using chord sequences that are proven successes. C, F & G; ....... G, Bm, A, D, etc. Or else choose chords you like that go well together in another song you like and then just play the sequence over and over, while attempting to forget the original and see if you can come up with a new tune that uses that same chord sequence, but doesn't instantly remind your audience of the song you are using as your crib sheet.

Perhaps you'd be best asking this question on the Songwriting Forum (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?27-Song-Writing) here on UU.
You'll probably get a more balanced, more musically erudite and varied answer.

decaturcomp
09-07-2013, 02:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V1CPtQGHLI
Jesse
C Em Edim/Bb
Jesse come home there's a bathtub that fell in your hall
A7
Paging Aaron Paul
Dm Dm/C F
You were out making meth, shoooting people to death
G7 C Em7
watching ATM's fall where addicts crawl

A7 Dm
And you're good using big Magnets bitch
G7
You've been poor and rich
C A7
Some cash you threw
Dm G7 C
Hey Jesse, Gale may be calling you....

C Em Edim/Bb
Jesse I know that you're hitting the skids but you seem to love kids
A7
So good for you


Dm G7
And you tried settling down but Walt made you his
C A7
clown so you said you'd eschew
your family crew


A7 Dm
And the folks fall around you like flies
G7
They were unwise
C A7
too late, who knew?
Dm G7 C
Hey, Jesse, Gale may be calling you...

C Em Edim/Bb
F G7 C

redpaul1
09-07-2013, 04:04 PM
Like TCK, I wanted to make a statement this week. I've written a protest song about the massive Pebble Mine project being planned for Alaska - http://www.savebristolbay.org/about-the-bay/about-pebble-mine
this is (sort of) set to the tune of Tennessee Ernie Ford's 16 tons. It's called 10 Billion Tons.

http://youtu.be/b7WuH5zMix0

10 Billion Tons

Am F E
The largest run of salmon on the planet today
Am F E
Swim the pristine waters of Bristol Bay
Am F E
Sockeyes and chum and silvers and kings
Am F E
Swimming and spawning up rivers and streams ~
Am F E
Cho: Dig an open pit mine - what will you behold?
Am F E
Tailings piled high causing damage untold.
Am F E
Prevent this looming disaster called the Pebble Mine
Am E Am
Protect Alaska's wild salmon - that's the bottom line.

10 billion tons of waste rock to store
Behind massive earthen dams full of chemicals galore
Seep into the groundwater and contaminate the streams
Feeding Bristol Bay headwaters - CATASTROPHE!
Dig an open pit mine and what will you behold?
Tailings piled high causing damage untold.
Prevent this looming disaster called the Pebble Mine
Protect Alaska's wild salmon -that's the bottom line. 2x
Have we sold our souls for Big Mining's control(some copper and gold?)

What page are the directions on for making your lyrics and chords line up? I will play with it later today- I'm off to can tomatoes.

Well, as an excuse for not going out, that beats "I'm washing my hair" hands-down :)

Using a word-processing program, line up your lyrics and chords in a monospaced typeface such as Courier - using just spaces, no tabs; copy and past your text into your post; then wrap it within the [code ] [/code ] tags: either by typing [code ] [/code ] (make sure that space before the ']' is closed up though); or, as birds-eye suggests, by Going Advanced, highlighting your text and clicking on the # symbol in the formatting menu bar at the top of the Advanced window.

btw, I'm looking at you, bbannister & decaturcomp.

prairieschooner
09-07-2013, 04:06 PM
pabrizzer - I fear you may be right- Big Mining is in favor with the Alaskan politicians. The fishermen and the people who live near the proposed mine are fighting for their livlihoods and way of life but I worry they will lose.

Myrna,
There are allot of commercial fishermen in my family and I make a living as a Marine Surveyor inspecting commercial fishing boats. You Pastiche had you desired result, I made a contribution ($$$) to the cause.

redpaul1
09-07-2013, 04:14 PM
When is metaphor ever true or physically possible?

[snip]

This is my favorite metaphor, which I found in the New Yorker's 'Block That Metaphor!' section many year's ago, so sadly I can't attribute it (the only reference I found on the wonderweb was of me quoting these very words, some 14 years ago :) ):

This proposal, if adopted, will act as a snake in the grass, gnawing away at the very foundations of the ship of state

pabrizzer
09-07-2013, 04:20 PM
This is my favorite metaphor, which I found in the New Yorker's 'Block That Metaphor!' section many year's ago, so sadly I can't attribute it (the only reference I found on the wonderweb was of me quoting these very words, some 14 years ago :) ):

This proposal, if adopted, will act as a snake in the grass, gnawing away at the very foundations of the ship of state

Oh yeah. Gnawing snakes and ships with foundations - you've gotta love that.

Not only a metaphor mash up but they've chucked a simile in there as well.

mythinformed
09-07-2013, 09:30 PM
I'm in a caravan in the middle of nowhere this weekend so unfortunately didn't have anything decent to record on so heres my second offering lyrics only(bonus).

'Pastiche to Folsom Prison Blues'

[G] The words just ain’t a coming, they ain’t rollin’ off my tongue, Gotta think of a word[G7]
That doesn’t rhyme with bum [C] I need a wholesome pastiche yes I need me [G] one
Hey[D7] Mr Mythinformed go write us [G]some


[G] Maybe its because I’m lazy or lyrically insane
Maybe I don’t want a pastiche [G7] that follows through a vein… I[C] once penned a song on vino which really was quite [G] dire
But every [D7] time I hear it on youtube
I thank God I'm a [G] trier.

[G] To some it comes quite natural Lennon, Dylan too
They can pen a number one [G7] without mentioning number two
Well I [C] guess this is my entry a changed man you [G] see?
Well those [D7] entries keep a comin’
Above and below [G] me

[G] So if you feel you like this pastiche
And the first prize is mine
I may even grace this season with another line [G7]
[C] well thanks for hosting Berni, its showtime at its best [G]
Well done (D7) all you seasonistas who differed from the rest [G]

Barbablanca
09-07-2013, 11:50 PM
The words just ain’t a coming, they ain’t rollin’ off my tongue,
Gotta think of a word that doesn’t rhyme with bum
.......................

To some it comes quite natural Lennon, Dylan too
They can pen a number one without mentioning number two

:rofl: Mythinformed - If that was a video you'd have beaten Nongdam in the pleading and crawling stakes ;)

There are so many good lines in that song, but in the ones above, especially the latter, you excelled yourself, because you even poked gentle fun at yourself!

You should keep at it! I always say if you spend a year honing one song, you wasted a lot of the time you could have written a hundred in, ten percent of which would have been brilliant. So, one great song vs an album's worth of good material? I know which I'd go for. Plus, like many a craft, the more you do a thing, the better at it you get, so your percentage of duds goes down over the years.

elmann
09-08-2013, 01:14 AM
Just found time to hear you all, and I'm impressed. For me it's one of the most amazing, and especially most hilarious season, I've laughed so much!!
Thanks to all of you!

redpaul1
09-08-2013, 02:13 AM
Comments (10)
[snip]
Redpaul

What a hard hitting lyric Paul and wrapped up so well with the spoken intro and outro. Stroke of genius putting it to the old Marx brothers song “Lydia” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVBBxptpSY8)

There are so many great lines in your version. This verse is just spot on:

She presents you a view of a country in ruins
Though who's doing what to who where
Neither NBC, AP or the BBC
Have even the slight-est id-e-ah


Wow! Thanks Berni! Appreciated! Going back to what you were saying to mythinformed about writing quickly, I must admit, once the idea came to me, I wrote it really quickly (it pretty much wrote itself). I have though just gone back and tweaked a couple of lines (for my own future reference - I might do this at an open mic next week):



C C F
Oh Syria, Queen of The Le-vant,
Dm Dm Dm
On her back from the armies of Al-Assad, who's
F F F
Fighting his people and Al-Qaeda too
C F
Off her shores lie the ships of the red, white
& blue,


Poor Syriah really is a mess... and, as usual, it all comes down to different gangs of bullies seeking for dominance in the playground, while the vast majority of people just want to get on with their lives and enjoy "school".
Word

frazian
09-08-2013, 09:45 AM
[season 81 of the ukulele "dirt in the ground" with original lyrics]

frazian
09-08-2013, 09:53 AM
[season 81 of the ukulele "Dirt in the ground" with original lyrics[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELKRttI6zzs]

xommen
09-08-2013, 09:57 AM
@frazian it needs video between [] and [/] to work like this (the link is casesensitive, that is why I did not get is to work before, your work should be visible below now).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELKRttI6ZZs
you can also use the filmstrip and paste the url in (the easy way).

frazian
09-08-2013, 10:08 AM
season 81 of the ukulele "dirt in the ground" with original lyrics

her thunder was rolling/ voodoo was dark and proud/ that woman im in love with/ is sure going to love me now/ wheels were turning/ tracks were up ahead/ steel on steel was screaming/ pallet for my bed/ that river was rolling/ the moon was on the rise/ deep in these broken dreams/ let it role the tide/ these blues are fading black/ clouds are rolling in/ vultures on attack/ will these bones turn to dust/ find my way home/ will this wind carry me/ to where i may roam/ the hang man was smiling/ there was no work today/ he wonders if you and him will end up the same.

myrnaukelele
09-08-2013, 11:04 AM
Myrna,
There are allot of commercial fishermen in my family and I make a living as a Marine Surveyor inspecting commercial fishing boats. You Pastiche had you desired result, I made a contribution ($$$) to the cause.

Thank you prairieschooner! We need to stop this catastrophic mine project. I hope my song can make a small difference. I've sent the link to my commercial fishing friends and to the Save Bristol Bay folks.
And thank you berni for giving us this challenge this week. I'd thought about writing a protest song for some time but this was the push I needed to make it a reality.

mattydee
09-08-2013, 12:00 PM
So, I haven't had a chance to watch the other entries -- if someone got here already, sorry.

This one is well trod, as the song has been the subject of some heated debate, and a couple of parodies already exist, but not in Berni's fashion to rewrite the lyric completely. Anyway, its Ironic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFQypLPZejA), the 1995 mega-hit by Alanis Morissette. As you probably know, most thinking persons take issue with the fact that very few of the many many examples of 'irony' in the song are technically ironic. And so I rewrote the lyric with actual irony. It was fun.

Here it is:

http://youtu.be/LFVMjb2ycDo

And here's the song sheet:

Chords
Verse and chorus: [D][G][D][Em]
Bridge: [Cmaj7][D]

Verse
A young man hears a prophsey
Gonna kill his dad, and marry his mommy
So he runs away, but kills a guy in a fight
He marries that guys wife 'cause
He was just a bit blind
And isn't ironic... don't you think

Chorus
It's like rain in which the weatherman's caught
It's a gun saftey class, at which you get shot
It's the kettle calling, wants to talk to the pot
And who would have thought, it figures.

Verse
Christmas time for a poor man and his wife
He sells his watch for her present, a pretty hair tie
Unbeknownst to him, she sold her hair to buy
A chain for his watch,
and now they laugh till they cry.
And isn't ironic... don't you think

Chorus
It's like rain in which the weatherman's caught
It's the gun saftey class, at which you get shot
It's the kettle calling, wants to talk to the pot
And who would have thought, it figures.

Bridge
Well, life has a funny way of treating you like crap
And ruining your day even though you want it to go right
But it's only irony in certain situations, and not every time
Reality bites you in the ass.

Verse
A pop star in the mid 90s
Writes a huge hit tune about irony
Lots of examples pepper the song
Most of which get irony wrong,
And isn't it ironic, don't you think.
A little too ironic, yeah, I really do think

Chorus
It's like rain in which the weatherman's caught
It's the gun safety class, at which you get shot
It's the kettle calling, wants to talk to the pot
And who would have thought, it figures.

Outro
Yeah life has a funny way of treating you like crap
It might be irony, but it might not. Yeah, it might not.

Barbablanca
09-08-2013, 12:28 PM
Ian was having problems posting this. Here it is at last, I hope:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELKRttI6ZZs

Her thunder was rolling, voodoo was dark and proud
That woman I'm in love with is sure going to love me now.
Wheels were turning, tracks were up ahead
Steel on steel was screaming; pallet for my bed

That river was rolling, the moon was on the rise
Deep in these broken dreams, let it role the tide
These blues are fading dark, indigo and black,
Clouds are rolling in, vultures on attack

Will these bones turn to dust, find my way home?
Will this wind carry me to where I may roam
The hangman was smiling, there was no work today.
He wonders if you and him will end up the same.

Barbablanca
09-08-2013, 12:59 PM
Comments 13

Decaturcomp BONUS

There are some very powerful images throughout the song that I take are references to incidents in the TV series; pity I haven’t seen a single episode.

I do know the original song and can appreciate how cleverly you get the new words to fit that melody, but I can't appreciate the subtler points (or any in-jokes) in the lyrics, because I am not familiar with “Breaking Bad” – Have I missed anything? If it’s gangsters and violence, I can live without it. I saw one episode of that other one people were raving about (cop show set in Baltimore) and gave up. Hmmm, I think we’ve had this conversation in person, haven’t we?

Ian Frazier

Welcome to the Seasons! What a great first song! It was worth the wait and all the hassle! What a powerful number, it has shades of Dylan at his most apocalyptic! Indeed, I can imagine this being an outtake of Desire. Scarlet Rivera would have done a great violin backing to this.

I love your gravelly delivery! There are some powerful lines in this too. I like the way in the opening lines we are not sure what the narrator has done to ensure she will love him, but I can bet it’s something very dark.

My only hesitation is the fact that as you've used “rolling thunder” in the opening, I'd probably change the line about the “role” of the tide to:

Deep in these broken dreams,
Swept out with the tide.

Super song! As has been mentioned above, somewhere, I think you should now forget the original melody you borrowed and come up with your own new melody for this cracking piece of Americana.


Mattydee

I see you were saving the best for last as usual ;)

That’s brilliant Mat. I totally agree that AM had little idea what irony really was. I am glad to see you have put her straight in such an entertaining way. You should send this to her, I reckon if she isn’t too used to being surrounded by “Yes” men, she’d appreciate it. After all, it is not attacking her, but rather gently rebuking her misuse of the language.

What was the source for Verse Two? I’ve heard (or read) that example of irony. The structure of the song is super too, I especially like how you finally bring home the irony that Ms M didn’t get irony right.

This is a brilliant pastiche! Did you write it especially for this Season, if so, I am over the moon that I aided its creation in some small way!

BTW that’s a lovely sound from that Mainland. Red Cedar?

bbbannister
09-08-2013, 01:01 PM
I know, it's one of my many faults. :) In this case, it just struck me as odd, that's all. It had the feel of a line written for the rhyme, rather than a newly minted metaphor. With walls we talk about a wall of dead, or a wall of death, etc. We have existing phrases associated with them, like, "Brick by brick" for example. So, if you coin a new phrase I think it has to have some internal logic that people recognise, or you risk them being pulled up by it and losing the flow.

I wholeheartedly agree with you about human chains, but then they are not really walls, are they?

BTW on Wednesday, Catalonia will attempt to form a human chain (http://catalanassembly.org/2013/04/26/the-catalan-way/) from its northern border (the Pyrenees) to it's Southern border, just beyond the Ebro as part of a campaign to push for Catalonia being given the right to vote on whether it would like to be independent, or not.

I kind of liked the idea that the walls of a house are closely linked up not only with each other but with the lives of the people who live in them. I suppose I might say "Fred worked hand in hand with John" and so my thought was that our lives are hand in hand with the homes we dwell.

Glad to have caused some correspondence on the matter ;-).

BB

southside mike
09-08-2013, 01:25 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxXr6e8E2ao
I didn't know if I would make it or not. Everything seemed to get in the way this week from preparing for a visit from relatives right up until this afternoon when I got ready to post and my modem stopped working. What a song I could write about my recent experiences but then I guess quite often that's where the best ones probably come from. Thanks for making me think Bernie. These are the kind of seasons that I enjoy most and when I saw that you were the host I expected that something interesting would come from it. This will be a season that I will have to spend some time catching up on the videos that I have missed. Oh by the way my song is for those times when all of us have stayed up too late and the next day came too early. Over the years I can't tell you how many times this has been my first thought after the alarm went off. This is to the tune of "California Dreaming"



Stay at Home and Sleep In



Dm C Bb C A7sus A7
Last night is just a blur I stayed up way too late
F A7 Dm Bb A7
I was out till after two and now it’s almost eight
Dm C Bb C A7sus A7
My mind’s a little foggy But I can clearly say
Dm C Bb C A7sus A7
I should stay at home and sleep in instead of working today


Dm C Bb C A7sus A7
If I stay off the road No one would have to say
F A7 Dm Bb A7
What’s the problem with that fool Who’s trying to share my lane
Dm C Bb C A7sus A7
He would have kept himself at home If he had half a brain
Dm C Bb C A7sus A7
Yeah I should stay at home and sleep in instead of working today


A7sus A7

Dm C Bb C A7sus A7
My days at work are long My nights they slip away
F A7 Dm Bb A7
Time seems to escape me Can’t seem to make it stay
Dm C Bb C A7sus A7
I think I’ll take it easy Think I’ll take off today
Dm C Bb C Dm
I’m gonna stay at home and sleep in instead of working today
C Bb C Dm
Stay at home and sleep in No I’m not working today
C Bb C Bbmaj7 Dm
I’m taking me a day off No I’m not working today

redpaul1
09-08-2013, 01:28 PM
Comments 13

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Mattydee

[snip]
What was the source for Verse Two? I’ve heard (or read) that example of irony.
[snip]

It's an O.Henry story: The Gift Of The Magi

Another top tune from our Matt.

TCK
09-08-2013, 03:24 PM
WAHOOOO! Welcome to the seasons Ian!!!!
Great first shot right there, hope we can do one together real soon for these fine folks.

mattydee
09-08-2013, 07:19 PM
Mattydee

I see you were saving the best for last as usual ;)

That’s brilliant Mat. I totally agree that AM had little idea what irony really was. I am glad to see you have put her straight in such an entertaining way. You should send this to her, I reckon if she isn’t too used to being surrounded by “Yes” men, she’d appreciate it. After all, it is not attacking her, but rather gently rebuking her misuse of the language.

What was the source for Verse Two? I’ve heard (or read) that example of irony. The structure of the song is super too, I especially like how you finally bring home the irony that Ms M didn’t get irony right.

This is a brilliant pastiche! Did you write it especially for this Season, if so, I am over the moon that I aided its creation in some small way!

BTW that’s a lovely sound from that Mainland. Red Cedar?

I had thought about writing this for a long time, but only ever had the Oedipus verse. When you posted the season, I knew exactly what I'd be doing, though, and finished it out.

The Mainland is indeed a red cedar top, with rosewood back and sides.


It's an O.Henry story: The Gift Of The Magi

Yep. That O Henry was a master of irony.

Barbablanca
09-08-2013, 10:54 PM
Southside Mike

That’s a cracker! I was singing along like Mama Cass doing all the repeats in my best falsetto!

This is a song with universal appeal, since we’ve all done that sometime! I’ve done that too many times... but not often had the luxury of staying in bed afterwards! In fact, most people under 40 in Spain do that every single day. You wouldn’t believe how little sleep the Spaniards seem to get with their crazy schedules! My Dad always reckoned that young Spaniards looked years older than their British counterparts and I guess that lack of sleep is a major factor in that.

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OK Folks, unless there is a spate of late entries, that looks to be about that for Season 81.

It has been amazing! It has far surpassed my expectations and I can only thank everyone who contributed. I am so pleased to have been the spark for such a creative collective effort!

Now comes the arduous task of choosing some "winners" from among a selection that started when Wim set the bar so high with his great "Lyrics" and continued at a super level for the rest of the week. It is going to be hard to whittle the 33 songs down to just THREE!

Hey!... With the lyrics to another song posted but no music or video, that makes Thirty-Three and a Third - a real LP! (nostalgia for those who remember vinyl there :) )

Well, I'm off to the Airport to pick up an old friend who plays in a Merseysound tribute band in Liverpool (he often plays in the Cavern!). We haven't seen each other since 1974!!!! It should be a momentous reunion.

Anyway, this means that I won't be around to officially close the Season when Sunday ends in Hawaii in a few hours’ time, so I have asked Brian (Pabrizzer) to post the official end to the show. I'll get back to you all ASAP when I get home from BCN tonight.

But let us not say farewell forever to Season 81. If anybody writes a pastiche over the next few months (years?) then please add the video (or link to the MP3... or even just the lyrics... to this Season as a bonus. I'll try and keep the Bonus List updated.

PS As always: Please check the Playlist (and the Bonus playlist) to make sure I got all of your songs on them.

pabrizzer
09-09-2013, 01:05 AM
Yes it is now Monday in Hawaii so we'll draw the curtains and end another beaut season.
Thanks Berni.

seeso
09-09-2013, 05:13 AM
I would need to ask a moderator, but I suspect that if the lyrics are not explicit (and require adult experience to get the joke / reference) you'd be on fairly safe ground. I have seen threads where Mods have advised people to tone down some things, reminding them that this site is open to all ages.

Currently, the only swear word that is prohibited is the one beginning with F. As long as it's not porn, you should be cool. You can PM a moderator with the lyrics beforehand, if you like. As with everything on UU, use your best judgment.

GinnyT11
09-09-2013, 10:16 AM
Berni, I have enjoyed reading your comments and guidance about songwriting. You've had good posts about improving tone, metaphor, rhythm and rhyme.

bonesigh
09-09-2013, 11:28 AM
Oops, sorry Berni! I haven't been on for a couple of days. How many novice song writers did you end up with?


Ah, you have beaten me to the grand reveal! :cool: That's what I had planned to tell all the first timers when this was over.

I remember reading in a Music Magazine, many moons ago, that quite a few well known songs started life as lyrics set to existing melodies. The composers found themselves singing other words to the latest hit and then after sketching out the "new" song, they put the original tune out of their mind and came up with a whole new melody and "Voila!" a totally new song is born!

A certain Mr Zimmerman used that technique a lot in his early days, we were told. Though, of course, he (or his publishing company) also had the cheek to lift entire "traditional" melodies and never acknowledge sources ;)

Barbablanca
09-09-2013, 01:42 PM
How many novice song writers did you end up with?

Not sure of an exact count. I took note of it somewhere, but I have been so busy all day catching up on 40 years with my old friend Ed, that I can't remember the name of the file I was using to draw up a shortlist of possible "winners". It was a fair few.. around ten, IMS!

I have had a great day in Barcelona with Ed. It was as if we hadn't seen each other for a few months, not 40 years! We just picked up where we left off! But we have a lifetime of experiences to swap over the next four days!!!

PS Brian, thanks for closing the curtains and turning off the lights mate!

Ukejenny
09-09-2013, 04:54 PM
Not sure of an exact count. I took note of it somewhere, but I have been so busy all day catching up on 40 years with my old friend Ed, that I can't remember the name of the file I was using to draw up a shortlist of possible "winners". It was a fair few.. around ten, IMS!

I have had a great day in Barcelona with Ed. It was as if we hadn't seen each other for a few months, not 40 years! We just picked up where we left off! But we have a lifetime of experiences to swap over the next four days!!!

PS Brian, thanks for closing the curtains and turning off the lights mate!

Thank you so much for hosting a wonderful season and for choosing a theme that helped so many of us grow!

frazian
09-09-2013, 08:30 PM
thanks for the help figuring out how to post my videos

wallyboy
09-10-2013, 08:37 AM
nice job berni, had me doing something I have never done before:shaka:

Barbablanca
09-10-2013, 01:56 PM
And THE WINNERS are.....

Sorry guys and gals, I am just not going to find time to record a Host Video this week and I'd prefer not to keep you in suspenders... er... suspense for too long.

So, here are the results of the Catalan Jury.... (Eurovision Joke there for our European Seasonistas)

I was ribbing Matt about saving the best for last! Before I went to bed on Sunday here (there were still 12 hours to go in Hawaii) Matt’s was the last Video I saw. It was undoubtedly the best pastiche of the week in the opinion of your host, so Matt gets the Book on Song Writing (which may be ironic, as on this evidence he may not need it).

Second Prize has to go to Myrna Ukulele for her Alaskan Protest song. Not only do the lyrics fit the original so well, but Myrna’s knowledgeable appeal is cleverly crafted. (Though I think it might just be a verse too short). But the fact that this protest song has not only raised our awareness here of a local issue of global importance, but has also already started to achieve its goal by having a member here donate to the fund on the strength of it, must mean Myrna gets a prize!

So, they were my clear favourites. But then... The third prize has been the most difficult to award. Almost everybody else who entered a song from the 1st to the 33rd deserved third prize!

After listening again to the lot, I had a shortlist drawn up and listened to them with my fourteen year old daughter. She was impressed, but she said she wouldn't speak to me again if I didn't award the remaining prize to her favourite of those we listened to and that was....
“I’m Hungry” by Shady Wilbury. So, although for the sake of a quiet life I was sore tempted to call her bluff, I agreed with her that this early entry did have just the right balance of pathos and humour and fitted its tune superbly.

There were just so many great new songs this week! I wish I had been able to give you all a token of my appreciation. I was blown away by the quality of lyrics from both the established songwriters and those who were daring to put their thoughts in lyrical form for the first time!

Now, it would be unfair to single out any of the shortlisted candidates, but let me just tell Dan (Nongdam) that he did “come close” this week. Keep at it, Dan!

So, thanks to everyone who entered; I must confess I was worried that I would only get a couple of songs from the diehard songwriters on the site and then .... Silence... But I am so pleased to have been the spark for the creativity of so many people this week!

Thank you one and all!

PS to the “Winners”..... Send me your snail mail addresses by PM and I’ll get the prizes off to you ASAP.

PPS Myrna, which of the two remaining books would you prefer to own?

librainian
09-10-2013, 02:37 PM
Wow congrats to Matt, Myrna and Shady! Well done all of you! I was not able to participate this week but I am certainly enjoying the bucket 'o creativity unleashed. Well done Berni!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
09-10-2013, 02:53 PM
great contest - thanks so much for hosting

bonesigh
09-10-2013, 03:56 PM
Cheers to the well deserved winners!

Shady Wilbury
09-10-2013, 11:52 PM
Congratulations, Matt and Myrna.

And thanks be to Berni. What a wonderful surprise.

UncleMoon
09-11-2013, 01:36 AM
Thanks Berni for a great season, and congrats to the winners.

mattydee
09-11-2013, 05:57 AM
Gee, thanks, Berni!

And congrats Myrna and Shady, and... everyone really! This was one of those out of our comfort zone seasons that I like so well. Anyone who entered, especially novice songwriters, are to be heartily applauded!

Dan Uke
09-11-2013, 10:35 AM
Yeah!! I can say I've come close now! HAHAHA

Great season Berni!

jamz
09-11-2013, 11:25 AM
Congrats to the winners, and thanks for a great contest!

myrnaukelele
09-11-2013, 04:33 PM
Thanks so much for such an inspired Season berni! Without you my song might never have been written.
And congrats Shady and mattydee - you wrote a couple of really good songs!
And last but not least - kudos to everyone who wrote and entered a song this week. Good work all of you. Winners all!

Ukejenny
09-11-2013, 06:44 PM
Congrats to our songinistas! And thanks, Berni, it was a blast!

mythinformed
09-11-2013, 07:38 PM
Congratulations to the worthy winners.................although I'm sure Berni had many sleepless nights making that hard decision over my entry which he obviously adored !! :D

chrimess
09-12-2013, 12:22 AM
Congrats all and particularly the Cardinals for sweeping the Brewers this week-isn't it ironic?

decaturcomp
09-12-2013, 02:23 AM
What a great season and what a wonderful result!
Well done all and big virtual hugs to the deserving winners and our excellent host!

mattydee
09-12-2013, 06:10 AM
Congrats all and particularly the Cardinals for sweeping the Brewers this week-isn't it ironic?

The Cards went through their steroids phase when Alanis sang that song. It takes a while for Milwaukee to catch up.

chrimess
09-12-2013, 02:29 PM
Well, Ryan Braun tried his best.
The Cards went through their steroids phase when Alanis sang that song. It takes a while for Milwaukee to catch up.

mattydee
09-12-2013, 06:36 PM
Well, Ryan Braun tried his best.

Oh, indeed. And now, without him, the team, well, loses.