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Fred Miller 29 Apr 03 - 10:01 AM
Mark Clark 29 Apr 03 - 10:38 AM
wysiwyg 29 Apr 03 - 10:42 AM
Amos 29 Apr 03 - 10:52 AM
GUEST 29 Apr 03 - 06:47 PM
greg stephens 29 Apr 03 - 07:09 PM
masato sakurai 29 Apr 03 - 11:47 PM
Gurney 30 Apr 03 - 02:37 AM
Jeremiah McCaw 30 Apr 03 - 04:43 AM
Fred Miller 30 Apr 03 - 09:26 AM
Mark Clark 30 Apr 03 - 02:24 PM
Mark Clark 30 Apr 03 - 02:26 PM
Mark Clark 30 Apr 03 - 02:57 PM
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Subject: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks - kids
From: Fred Miller
Date: 29 Apr 03 - 10:01 AM

Help, I'm a little blocked, and rushed to have a handful of tunes that can support limericks a 3rd grade class has written, for improvised singing. Helps if they're tunes the kids might know. I've only thought of Amazing Grace, the Gilligan's Island theme, Help me Rhonda, and a few others I can't recall momentarily. Oh-plasir d'amour. They can squish in a limerick. Also ...Of all the horses in the merry green wood--but I don't know what that's titled.

The only kid-ish limerick I know is What a wonderful bird is the pelican/his beak can hold more than his belly can/ he can hold in his beak/ enough food for a week/ and I wonder just how in the hell he can. It might help to know a few that can get past the censor.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: Mark Clark
Date: 29 Apr 03 - 10:38 AM

Aren't limericks traditionally sung to the melody of “Celito Lindo?” That's the melody one commonly hears for limericks. There are several versions of the chorus but a comon one goes:
Aye yi yi yi,
In China they do it for Chili,
So here come another verse,
That's worse than the other verse,
And waltz me around again Willie.
As I recall there is a lot of discussion of limericks in these threads.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Apr 03 - 10:42 AM

Uncle Dave Macon's "Around Nashville" works for a lot of limericks, and has a nice little dramatic pause possible before offering the last line (punchline).

~S~


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: Amos
Date: 29 Apr 03 - 10:52 AM

There once was a lady from Niger
Who smiled as she rode on a TIGER!
They returned from the ride
With the lady inside
And the smile on the face of the tiger.

A straight G-C-D7 talking blues will serve lacking anything better.

A


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Apr 03 - 06:47 PM

"Cielito Lindo" (the chorus) tags the limerick, but doesn't supply the tune. I can sing the tune, but not place it:

In 3/4:
G G D7 (D7)
D7 D7 G (G)
C C
G G
D7 D7 G (G)

Parentheses are vocal rest measures.

On another tack, have you noticed that a vast majority of Emily Dickinson's poems fit "The Yellow Rose of Texas"?

Once you learn something like that, you can't forget it.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: greg stephens
Date: 29 Apr 03 - 07:09 PM

The only tune I've ever heard sung for limericks in England is the following, which is universal(give or take minor variations).
There/was a young/girl from De/vizes./..
D    /G   G    G/G    A G/F# A./ ..

Whose/breasts were of/different/sizes./..
D    /A    A    A/A   B   A /G B/..

The/one that was/small.
B /d    d   d /d.

Was/no use at/all.
B /C   C   C/C.

The/other was/big and won/prizes.
C /D   E   D/ C   B A / B   G

3/4 time. / is a bar lines. . is a rest. D is low, d is high.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: masato sakurai
Date: 29 Apr 03 - 11:47 PM

Some limericks are sung on Totally Lewd Limericks (Warner Audio Publishing; ISBN 0-913675-61-X) [casette], with this warning: "This casette contains material which some listeners may find offensive and is not suitable for children" (underline mine).

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: Gurney
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 02:37 AM

We used to sing the link: (in the key of c)
c   b    a b   c d   g       g a g f e   d    g    a   g      
That, was, a Horr-i-ble rhyme, sing-us-a-nother-one, just-like-the-

f e   d    g a g f e   d    c
other-one, sing-us-a-nother-one, do!

Hope this makes sense when it comes out. never tried it before.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: Jeremiah McCaw
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 04:43 AM

Any limerick can also be fit in and sung to the tune of "North Atlantic Squadron".

Don't tell the kids what the tune is, and see if you get any response from the grownups. And act innocent. :-)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: Fred Miller
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 09:26 AM

Thanks, I'll try to pick through. I'm hoping to have enough that I can pick one that suits the particular limerick. Yes, I do a bit of playing innocent.

this wobbled away from the limerick form

I wonder what it's like to be a turtle, too
no need for a house, just his shirt'll do
never wears pants, and he never runs, he
looks like a baby, wearing a one-sie

be careful, if he's a snapping turtle it'll
probably hurt a little


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Subject: Tune Add: Tune for limericks (ABC+)
From: Mark Clark
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 02:24 PM

Here is the ABC+ code for the tune I've most often heard used for limericks. I use abcm2ps so this encoding may require that program from the ABC Plus project. If you don't already have them, you'll also want Ghostscript, a free PostScript engine, and GSView, a free viewer/print program that will also produce PDF (Adobe Acrobat) files for sharing with friends.

Alternatively, the coding may be very close to the original ABC specification so you might try it with older software and see if it works. It may only require minimal editing. There is a melody only ABC file included as part of the MIDI to text conversion below.

      - Mark

 X:1 T:Limericks M: 3/4 L: 1/4 K: C P: Verse (limerick) z2 G | "C"c c c | c d c | "G7"B d2-|d z G | d d d | d e f | "C"e c2-|c z e/e/ | w: A news-boy in Lon-don named Gri-_mes, lured maids on to in-fam-ous cri-_mes, I've de- "F"f f f | f2 d | "C"e e e | e2 e | "G7"g a g | f e d | "C"e c2-|c z2 | w:li-vered he'd boast two Globes and The Post and good-ness knows how ma-ny ti-mes._ P: Refrain "C"e3 | d2 c | "F"A3-|A2 A | "G7"d d d | d c d | "C"e c2-|c2 G | w: Aye yi yi yi,_ in Chi-na they do it for Chi-li,_ So "F"A A G | A/A/ A G | "G7"f f d | B/B/ B G | g a g | f e d | "C"e c2-|c z2 |] w: here comes a-no-ther verse that's worse than the o-ther verse and waltz me a-round a-gain Wil-lie._ 


MIDI file: LIMERI~1.MID

Timebase: 480

Text: @KMIDI KARAOKE FILE
Tempo: 120 (500000 microsec/crotchet)
Key: C
TimeSig: 3/4 18 8
Name: Limericks
Start
0960 1 67 080 0479 0 67 000 0001 1 72 105 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 72 080 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 72 080 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 72 105 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 72 080 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 71 105 0479 0 71 000 0001 1 74 080 1439 0 74 000 0481 1 67 080 0479 0 67 000 0001 1 74 105 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 74 105 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 76 080 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 77 080 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 76 105 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 72 080 1439 0 72 000 0481 1 76 080 0239 0 76 000 0001 1 76 080 0239 0 76 000 0001 1 77 105 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 77 080 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 77 080 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 77 105 0959 0 77 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 76 105 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 76 080 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 76 080 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 76 105 0959 0 76 000 0001 1 76 080 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 79 105 0479 0 79 000 0001 1 81 080 0479 0 81 000 0001 1 79 080 0479 0 79 000 0001 1 77 105 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 76 080 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 76 105 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 72 080 1439 0 72 000 0961 1 76 105 1439 0 76 000 0001 1 74 105 0959 0 74 000 0001 1 72 080 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 69 105 2399 0 69 000 0001 1 69 080 0479 0 69 000 0001 1 74 105 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 74 105 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 72 080 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 76 105 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 72 080 1919 0 72 000 0001 1 67 080 0479 0 67 000 0001 1 69 105 0479 0 69 000 0001 1 69 080 0479 0 69 000 0001 1 67 080 0479 0 67 000 0001 1 69 105 0239 0 69 000 0001 1 69 080 0239 0 69 000 0001 1 69 080 0479 0 69 000 0001 1 67 080 0479 0 67 000 0001 1 77 105 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 77 080 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 71 105 0239 0 71 000 0001 1 71 080 0239 0 71 000 0001 1 71 080 0479 0 71 000 0001 1 67 080 0479 0 67 000 0001 1 79 105 0479 0 79 000 0001 1 81 080 0479 0 81 000 0001 1 79 080 0479 0 79 000 0001 1 77 105 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 76 080 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 76 105 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 72 080 1439 0 72 000
End

This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here

ABC format:

X:1
T:Limericks
M:3/4
Q:1/4=120
K:C
G6|c2c2c2|c2d2c2|B2d4|-d4G2|d2d2d2|d2e2f2|
e2c4|-c4ee|f2f2f2|f4d2|e2e2e2|e4e2|g2a2g2|
f2e2d2|e2c4|-c6|e6|-e6|d6|-d4c2|A6|-A4A2|
d2d2d2|d2c2d2|e2c4|-c4G2|A2A2G2|AAA2G2|f2f2d2|
BBB2G2|g2a2g2|f2e2d2|e2c4|-c6||


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: Mark Clark
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 02:26 PM

Well, it didn't look like that in the preview. I'll try it again.


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Subject: Tune Add: Tunes for limericks
From: Mark Clark
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 02:57 PM

Here is the ABC+ code for the tune I've most often heard used for limericks. I use abcm2ps so this encoding may require that program from the ABC Plus project. If you don't already have them, you'll also want Ghostscript, a free PostScript engine, and GSView, a free viewer/print program that will also produce PDF (Adobe Acrobat) files for sharing with friends.

Alternatively, the coding may be very close to the original ABC specification so you might try it with older software and see if it works. It may only require minimal editing. There is a melody only ABC file included as part of the MIDI to text conversion below.

      - Mark


X:1
T:Limericks
M: 3/4
L: 1/4
K: C
P: Verse (limerick)
z2 G | "C"c c c | c d c | "G7"B d2-|d z G | d d d | d e f | "C"e c2-|c z e/e/ |
w: A news-boy in Lon-don named Gri-_mes, lured maids on to in-fam-ous cri-_mes, I've de-
"F"f f f | f2 d | "C"e e e | e2 e | "G7"g a g | f e d | "C"e c2-|c z2 |
w:li-vered he'd boast two Globes and The Post and good-ness knows how ma-ny ti-mes._
P: Refrain
"C"e3 | d2 c | "F"A3-|A2 A | "G7"d d d | d c d | "C"e c2-|c2 G |
w: Aye yi yi yi,_ in Chi-na they do it for Chi-li,_ So
"F"A A G | A/A/ A G | "G7"f f d | B/B/ B G | g a g | f e d | "C"e c2-|c z2 |]
w: here comes a-no-ther verse that's worse than the o-ther verse and waltz me a-round a-gain Wil-lie._






MIDI file: LIMERI~1.MID


Timebase: 480


Text: @KMIDI KARAOKE FILE

Tempo: 120 (500000 microsec/crotchet)

Key: C

TimeSig: 3/4 18 8

Name: Limericks

Start

0960 1 67 080 0479 0 67 000 0001 1 72 105 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 72 080 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 72 080 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 72 105 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 72 080 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 71 105 0479 0 71 000 0001 1 74 080 1439 0 74 000 0481 1 67 080 0479 0 67 000 0001 1 74 105 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 74 105 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 76 080 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 77 080 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 76 105 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 72 080 1439 0 72 000 0481 1 76 080 0239 0 76 000 0001 1 76 080 0239 0 76 000 0001 1 77 105 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 77 080 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 77 080 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 77 105 0959 0 77 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 76 105 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 76 080 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 76 080 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 76 105 0959 0 76 000 0001 1 76 080 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 79 105 0479 0 79 000 0001 1 81 080 0479 0 81 000 0001 1 79 080 0479 0 79 000 0001 1 77 105 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 76 080 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 76 105 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 72 080 1439 0 72 000 0961 1 76 105 1439 0 76 000 0001 1 74 105 0959 0 74 000 0001 1 72 080 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 69 105 2399 0 69 000 0001 1 69 080 0479 0 69 000 0001 1 74 105 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 74 105 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 72 080 0479 0 72 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 76 105 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 72 080 1919 0 72 000 0001 1 67 080 0479 0 67 000 0001 1 69 105 0479 0 69 000 0001 1 69 080 0479 0 69 000 0001 1 67 080 0479 0 67 000 0001 1 69 105 0239 0 69 000 0001 1 69 080 0239 0 69 000 0001 1 69 080 0479 0 69 000 0001 1 67 080 0479 0 67 000 0001 1 77 105 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 77 080 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 71 105 0239 0 71 000 0001 1 71 080 0239 0 71 000 0001 1 71 080 0479 0 71 000 0001 1 67 080 0479 0 67 000 0001 1 79 105 0479 0 79 000 0001 1 81 080 0479 0 81 000 0001 1 79 080 0479 0 79 000 0001 1 77 105 0479 0 77 000 0001 1 76 080 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 74 080 0479 0 74 000 0001 1 76 105 0479 0 76 000 0001 1 72 080 1439 0 72 000

End


This program is worth the effort of learning it.

To download the March 10 MIDItext 98 software and get instructions on how to use it click here


ABC format:


X:1

T:Limericks

M:3/4

Q:1/4=120

K:C

G6|c2c2c2|c2d2c2|B2d4|-d4G2|d2d2d2|d2e2f2|

e2c4|-c4ee|f2f2f2|f4d2|e2e2e2|e4e2|g2a2g2|

f2e2d2|e2c4|-c6|e6|-e6|d6|-d4c2|A6|-A4A2|

d2d2d2|d2c2d2|e2c4|-c4G2|A2A2G2|AAA2G2|f2f2d2|

BBB2G2|g2a2g2|f2e2d2|e2c4|-c6||


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: Lanfranc
Date: 01 May 03 - 07:13 AM

The tune to "Poverty Knock" works well - the song is in Limerick metre!

Alan


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 May 03 - 08:55 AM

Tunes? I don't need no XXXXing tunes! I just play my banjo.

There was a young widow named Brice,
Who kept her dead husband on ice;
She said, "T'was hard when I lost him,
I'll never defrost him;
It's rather cold comfort but nice."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 01 May 03 - 11:48 PM

Here's one I wrote in college...and it's musical, too.

A musician was young Friedrich Nietzsche
But his violin sounded quite scrietzsche
His father said, "Fred,
Take up writing instead--
The silence will be ginger-pietzsche!"

Aloha,
Mark

(Apologies to Wolfgang for the [intentional but still incorrect] mispronunciation!)


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Tunes for limericks
From: Wolfgang
Date: 05 May 03 - 10:53 AM

A long forgotten German duo, Schobert und Black, sung limericks to a couple of different tunes. If you can get hold of one of their (out of print) recordings you have some useable tunes.

Wolfgang


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