Thursday, 20 February 2020

SINGABLE SATIRE: "JAKE"

WORDPLAY POST # 207

ORIGINAL SONG: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" written by George Harrison, and recorded by the Beatles for their 1968 album "The Beatles". 
JAKES'S RENDITION: Jake Shimabukuro had started playing instrumental ukulele as a band member, but in 2002 broke into a solo career. In 2006, a video of Jake's virtuoso rendition of the Beatles song became one of the first to 'go viral' on that site, and has accumulated 16 million hits. The author of this blog has been privileged to attend three Jake concerts in the last 5 years; recently these have included guitar collaborators and a few vocals, but the emphasis remains on instrumental ukulele. 
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, January 2019.

SONGLINKS: The parody-lyrics with accompanying chords for guitar or ukulele players are found on our lyrics blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIREhere. 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), and "Relic Submarines" (Yellow Submarine).
 

JAKE (tribute to instrumental ukulele)

(to the tune of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps")



To Jake Shimabukuro I listen enraptured
While his wordless ukulele sings.
I look at his band, the song's spirit they've captured,
Arranged so his ukulele sings.


Hawaiian family that enclosed you
Teach and perform on uke.
Though you don't sing, some force chose you to 
Play virtuoso uke.

You played with teen bands, then began upward spiral,
Developing a novel style.
And "While My Guitar.." went iconically viral
You did instrumental uke all the while.

Your reputation's undisputed --
The world's saluted you.
On concert tours you speak unmuted,
Ukulele-san, that's you.

I listen enraptured to Jake Shimabukuro
While his wordless ukulele sings.
I look at his band, the song's spirit they've captured,
Arranged so his ukulele sings.

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