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Song Parodies -> "Sweet Melisma"

Original Song Title:

"Sweet Melissa"

Original Performer:

Allman Brothers

Parody Song Title:

"Sweet Melisma"

Parody Written by:

John A. Barry

The Lyrics

melisma: a group of notes or tones sung on one syllable
Glottal tones come from the throat, yeah,
Extended syllable emote.

Many notes; syllable, one.
It's syllabic extension
Makes a mellifluous run
That's sweet melisma.

In "Angels We Have Heard on High," refrain,
In which is mentioned the Lord's name:

Whether you sing low or high,
Just before you get to "r-i"
In "Gloria"--serial orgasmic sighs,
That's suite melisma, o-o-o-o-o.

As soon as that part comes,
Time to make glottal runs,
Unleash punctuated air
Like a tire punctured (where's the spare?).
Let 16 "O"s, stepwise notes, roll out, roll out.

Glottis, with "O"s, has to heave-ho, roar, roar,
Before you reach the "Deo."
But sing sweetly and do not bay. . .
Might drive the audience away.

Sing syllables, don't just say. . .effete melisma.
When your lyrics skills decay, can't beat melisma

A pop song of yesterday, has got melisma.
It's used on the word say-ay-ay-ay in "Sweet Melissa."


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alvin rhodes - August 16, 2005 - Report this comment
very original concept..5s
Rick C - August 16, 2005 - Report this comment
I use melisma all the time, due to the fact that I have no control over my voice or tongue...555
Johnny D - August 16, 2005 - Report this comment
Here are your fi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiives!
John Barry - August 16, 2005 - Report this comment
Thanks, Alvin, Rick, Joh-oh-oh-oh-ohny.
Paawwll Rrrobbiinnnnnsoooooonn - August 16, 2005 - Report this comment
Nnowww theee whhhaatt youuuvvvv'e donneee, JjBBB...Ii hhurrrrrrttt myyy ttongggguee tttrryyyiinnngg ttthhhhattt...55555's ~ ~~ ~ ~~ ~ ...Hey, wait...did I do that on one of my parodies, like "I Need Two Syllables"? Let me re-read that definition again....
john ulvang - August 17, 2005 - Report this comment
cool! 555

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