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Song Parodies -> "The Filaments"

Original Song Title:

"The Elements"

Original Performer:

Tom Lehrer

Parody Song Title:

"The Filaments"

Parody Written by:

Rick Duncan

The Lyrics

I've been wanting to parody this difficult song for a long time, but I couldn't get a grip on how. Since my recent entries have been rather "lazy" , I thought I'd give it another crack. Now I can call myself a man of the cloth.
There's tabinet and tarletan and tricolette and tiffany
Silesia, sicilienne and stockinette and saxony
And pekin, paramatta, pongee, poodle, perse and percaline
And madapollam, mackintosh, merino, mull and messaline
Calamanco and herringbone and needlecord, paduasoy
And balbriggan and baldachin and brilliantine and corduroy
And huckaback and gingham kalamkari, kelt and dimity (gasp)
And orleans and organza and ottoman and organdie

There's dungaree and dupion and fustian and farandine
And marabout and marocain and genappe and gabardine
And lawn, lame, and mohair, melton, hodden holland , linsey-woolsey
Duffel, domett, dowlas, drabbet, drugget, duck and dungaree

Isn't that interesting?
I knew it would leave you in stitches.
I hope you're all taking notes
Because there's gonna be a short quiz after sewing class

There's worcester and alepine and mogadore and bombazine
And drap-de-Berry, kerseymere and mackinaw and zibeline
And zephyr, twill, zanella, tweed, tussah, vicuna, tricotine
And bayadere, and chintz, and challis, cambric, crepe and velvetine
There's cubica, damask, chiffon, and rumchunder and duvetyn
And satin, sateen, scarlet, serge and shetland, shoddy, say, tamin
And seersucker and cubica and coburg and kincob, georgette ( gasp)
And filoselle and flannel and rabanna , rep and jaconet

There's camaca, chenille, and cassimere, foulard, and balzarine
And also barathea, aba, atlas, russet, etamine
And velvet, wigan, wincey, whipcord, raploch, raschel, barege
And burlap, bunting, buckram, burrel, snakeskin, fuji and foule

I got these from the internet, a list of cloth and fabrics
There was a bunch of others but to fit them in took bad tricks

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Pacing: 5.0
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Overall Rating: 5.0

Total Votes: 7

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Rick D - March 09, 2006 - Report this comment
I was hoping to be first with this, but I noticed that I'm second.
Red Ant - March 10, 2006 - Report this comment
5s just for the effort. DKTOS; this scans fairly well to the Major-General's song though.
Larry Hensley - March 10, 2006 - Report this comment
Excellent parody! 555's!
Phil Alexander - March 10, 2006 - Report this comment
Awesome, Rick... I'm not sure they're all real, though: I reckon some might have been fabricated ;-)
Red Ant: The Elements is a list of the first 103 or so (all that were known at the point of writing) that is a parody of the Major-General's song itself (if only 2/3 of the length)...but it also has the "Isn't that interesting" bit in the middle, of the live version anyway.
Rex - March 10, 2006 - Report this comment
I really cotton to this parody. It looms large.
Rick D - March 10, 2006 - Report this comment
Phil, I'm glad you saw it. I knew you'd catch it's thread and needle me about it. That was hard, it took me two days. Red Ant, you can download and listen to Tom's for free, and any fan of parody should hear it.
Stray Pooch - March 10, 2006 - Report this comment
Rick, this was wordplay at its very best - well up to the inspired genuis of the original parody (not to mention the G&S original). Everyone (including Tom) parodies the MG's song, but this is the first attempt I have seen to parody the parody. This was sew good! You have clearly shown yourself to be a real knit-wit! 555 because I can't go any higher!

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