Monday, 20 January 2020

SINGABLE SATIRE: "RELIC SUBMARINES", as might be sung by the Beatles

WORDPLAY POST #203


ORIGINAL SONG:  "Yellow Submarine", The Beatles 1966, with lead vocals by Ringo Starr.
BACKGROUND: Giorgio's substitute lyrics draw on his personal experience as an occasional denizen of South Carolina. With prominent tourist sites for the display of submarines from the Civil War, World War II and the Cold War, Charleston SC and the adjacent suburb of Mt Pleasant seem like a grim version of the Beatles' fantasy "land of submarines" - see the photo collages and explanatory details below.
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio and Dr. GH, December 2018.

SONGLINKS: The parody-lyrics with accompanying chords for guitar or ukulele players are found on our lyrics blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE" here. And should you need to be reminded of the lyrics of the original, written as a simple children's song, find them in ukulele-friendly format at the bottom of that post. Giorgio's other satire lyrics substituted to Beatles' songs include "Vonnegut" (Imagine); "Saturday Night" (Yesterday); "Brennan's Tweet" (Let It Be); "Jake" (While My Guitar Gently Weeps).


RELIC SUBMARINES

(to the tune of "Yellow Submarine")


In the town where I’ve retired
A Memorial’s awfully near.
And it tells us of the time
When the Cold War engendered fear.

Sailors sailed, to keep us ‘safe’ --
Secret missions ‘neath the waves.
Soviet strike? Well we’d respond.
They could never make us slaves.

Nuclear power transformed the submarine --
Submerged months in between, with missile launch unseen.
Trident warheads, a payload that’s obscene,
A missile-launch machine, nuclear submarine.

No recourse, all mankind’s caught
In the path of the juggernaut.
So give Gor-bachev our thanks,
(nautical tune)

We all live near a nuclear submarine,
Missile-launch machine; we’re all trapped in between.
We all live with nuclear submarines.
Missile-launch machines blow Earth to smithereens.

Cold War’s thawed – a time of peace.
From a gruesome fate, we’re now released.
A Memorial down the street --
Tourists gripe about the summer heat.

We all live near a nuclear submarine,
Missile-launch machine; we’re all trapped in between.
Live or die with nuclear submarines.
Missile-launch machines blow Earth to smithereens.



U.S.; Civil War; submarines; Confederacy; H.L. Hunley; Charleston; Giorgio Coniglio South Carolina






Patriots Point; Mt. Pleasant; South Carolina; submarines; nuclear weapons; Giorgio Coniglio







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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

HAZARDS in VERSE: Poems About DOMESTIC DANGER

WORDPLAY POST #202
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio and Dr. GH, August 2019. These verses have also been web-published at OEDILF.com, an online humour dictionary that has accumulated over 104,000 carefully edited limerick verses.

SONGLINK: For those readers who like poetry set to music: You can find lots of singable limerick-medleys and other song formats on our sister blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE", such as this recent post





















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Friday, 10 January 2020

UNPLANNED CANALS: More Magical Palindromes

WORDPLAY POST #201
The current creation represents another spinoff of the recent slew of map-art blogposts by Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH.

With all this mental energy focusing backwards and forwards on palindromes, it has been hard to avoid the subject of canals. So, check out the last in the series of  map-art collections...
 - INTRODUCTORY CONCLUSION: The Tourists' Palindromic Guides,
and these wordplay extravaganzas... 
 - MAGICAL CANAL VERSES and PALINDROMES: the application of the magical palindrome construct to wordplay of geographic interest. 
- MAGICAL PALINDROMESThe specifics of the development of magical palindromes, and an initial listing of examples can be found on this blogpost dating from February 2017.

SONGLINK: "A man, a plan, a canal - Panama"
Readers who are particularly interested in musical wordplay might also enjoy a fantastical discussion on the development of this famous palindrome by Leigh Mercer, in this blogpost of our lyrics blog (SILLY SONGS and SATIRE)  ...
"Leigh Mercer's Palindrome Workshop" .












































Check out the 'FIRST SET' of examples (#1-5) here



And, if you still need a fix of more palindromic fun, go to "Gratingly American: THIRTY-ODD POLITICALLY-TAINTED PALINDROMES". 



HOLD THE FORT for an IMPORTANT NOTICE. Our two blogs are now being joined by a third member, a dream for those who want a source of poignant humour tinged with eco-sensitivity and photographic ingenuity delivered to their email queue daily. 
"DAILY ILLUSTRATED NONSENSEdraws much of its source material from the collections of illustrated verses which are inspired by the world around us, as portrayed on the current blog;  admittedly, those posts can get rather long and ponderous as more material presents itself. On the new blog, each daily posting will have a single focus illustrated by blog-editor Giorgio Coniglio's iphone-camera revelations, by terse original poetry, and by references to impeccable and awesome internet sources. Best of all, they can be appreciated within two minutes at most, don't involve solving puzzles or dismantling  words, and it's easy to unsuscribe.
If you want to access these essential bits-of-fluff daily, the best approach is to subscribe by entering your email (harmlessly, it's protected!!!) into the 'gadget' at the top-right hand of one of the new blogposts.
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Sunday, 5 January 2020

MAGICAL CANAL VERSES and PALINDROMES

WORDPLAY POST #199
Swan guiding barge,
lower end of St-Martin Canal

The current offering represents a followup to a slew of recent  map-art blogposts by Giorgio Coniglio and Dr. GH. With all this mental energy focusing backwards and forwards on palindromes, it is hard to avoid the subject of canalsAnd to help wordplay-buffs focus on palindromes about canals, here is an ancient blogpost on the subject: CANALINDROMES


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Also, check out these map-art collections...
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #1
  - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #2
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #3
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #4
and...
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #1
 - 
Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #2
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #3
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #4
 - INTRODUCTORY CONCLUSION: The Tourists' Palindromic Guides  

SONGLINK:"A man, a plan, a canal - Panama"
Readers who are particularly interested in wordplay might also enjoy a fantastical discussion, set to music, on the development of this famous palindrome by Leigh Mercer, in post #185 of our lyrics blog (SILLY SONGS and SATIRE)  ...
"Leigh Mercer's Palindrome Workshop"













You might want to check out Wikipedia's article on the Panama (Ecuadorian) hat.




















To read more about the origin, creation and listing of magical palindromes, click or cluck here to get to Giorgio's original blogpost on the topic.






And, a last minute reprieve... For those who find that they are delighted by magical canal palindromes, and can't live without more of them, we have just concocted a follow-up post, entitled "Unplanned Canals".