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Clerihew corner

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:18 am
by Gordon Neill
Orchestra Baobab
Tried to flag down a taxi cab
But the only eight-seater
Didn’t have a meter


Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck
Thought ‘what the heck’
Let’s suck it and see
And make an LP


Françoise Hardy was hardy
But her husband was tardy
She tried to be bold
But he thought she was too old


Sam & Dave were annoyed
They’d read Sigmund Freud
And watched Forrest Gump
But they still took the hump


Bob Dylan was sorry
For selling a lorry
He felt such a schmuck
To be seen in a truck


Pietra Montecorvino
Was reading the Beano
She loved Rodger the Dodger
Though by now he’s an old codger

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:23 am
by Dayna
Gordon, this is really great!


You have such talent for writing.

There goes rhymin'... er... Gordon

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:26 am
by Gordon Neill
Hi Dayna, not really. I've just had an extra sherry! But feel free to chip in with your own.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:29 am
by Rob Hall
Excellent Gordon

Gordon Neill
Seemed to have a feel
For humorous verse
Though it was somewhat terse

(Sorry to be a killjoy, but when I saw Orchestra Baobab the other week, there was 10 of 'em.)

10 to 8

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:32 am
by Gordon Neill
Oh bugger! I swear I had 'ten-seater' initially, but I thought I'd be clever and go onto YouTube and try and count them. It's not easy. They keep moving about. Are you sure there's ten of them?

Can't Sleep ....

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:36 am
by CantSleepClownsWillGetMe
Rob Hall
Was on the ball
Gave poor Gordon a beating
Due to shortage of seating

(Sorry Rob, I couldn't resist!).

Re: 10 to 8

PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:01 am
by Rob Hall
Gordon Neill wrote:Oh bugger! I swear I had 'ten-seater' initially, but I thought I'd be clever and go onto YouTube and try and count them. It's not easy. They keep moving about. Are you sure there's ten of them?


OK, I'll admit that I was bunking off school the day we did maths but my counting isn't that bad: yes, there's ten of them.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:46 am
by John Bainbridge
Toumani Diabate
Went to a party
Where they said: “We’d adore a
Bit more o’ your kora.â€

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:15 am
by Gordon Neill
I know, it is a bit addictive.

Manu Chao
Wasn’t sure how
He struck a heroic poise
And made a loud noise

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:16 am
by Rob Hall
Charlie Gillet on Jools?
A prince amongst fools
One day they'll get it
Am I holding my breath? Forget it!

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 1:22 am
by Gordon Neill
At this rate, we could get these compiled and published in a book. Just in time for Christmas!

Natacha Atlas took pity
On the country boy lost in the city
She showed him her toe
And told him where to go

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 3:13 am
by CantSleepClownsWillGetMe
Bassekou Kouyate
Fancied a latté
So he said to his croney
Let's go for a coffee and stuff this n'goni ..!

No?

stanza bonanza

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:25 am
by Gordon Neill
See, I'm never too sure how to pronounce some of the names of these world music pop stars. Does 'Kouyate' really rhyme with 'latte'? I'm not sure. I know Charlie mentions their names on his BBC World show. But it's still not that clear. Perhaps he should consider using Clerihews in future, in order to help the listeners and avoid any unnecessary confusion.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:11 pm
by John Bainbridge
But then that brings the queston of how you pronounce latte. Buy a caffe latte in Italy - not a bad yardstick as it's an Italian word - and it's pronounced with a short a, as if it rhymes withpâté (that's the meat paste, not the bald head). But buy one in the UK and, depending on how snobby the shop is, it's liable to be pronounced lahr-tay, as if it rhymes with smarty.

Maybe the answer is to have two clerihews for each artist, each with an alternative pronunciation. Or run them together into one:

Bassekou Kouyate
Is a bit of a smarty.
Always eating pâté,
Is Bassekou Kouyate.


I think I'm getting the hang of this. The trick is never to let on that you know you're taking it far too seriously, isn't it?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:46 pm
by Gordon Neill
John Bainbridge whispered:

I think I'm getting the hang of this. The trick is never to let on that you know you're taking it far too seriously, isn't it?


True. On the other hand, I feel that the world would be a better place if the grimly serious folks were required to come up with at least one Clerihew each morning before debating the burning teddy bear issue of the day.

Stalin wasn’t stallin’
He ate a cat called Colin
He was always in a hurry
To nibble something furry