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Thread #83275 Message #1531136
Posted By: Bonnie Shaljean
29-Jul-05 - 09:32 AM
Thread Name: Dumb lyrics to help remember tunes
Subject: RE: Dumb lyrics to help remember tunes
Uncle Dave, the person you want to murder is Sigmund Spaeth, who wrote a hilarious but quite seriously-intended book FULL of verse-words for helping people to remember well known symphonic themes. Another of his gems (to Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony) is:
Papa Haydn wrote this tune
And a chord is coming soon
It will be a big surprise
Open sleepy eyes
I picked up a copy of Spaeth years ago in a secondhand stall, and in a misguided moment of housemoving-induced efficiency, gave it away - and have regretted it ever since. It was a scream.
More recently, when he was writing the melody to "Yesterday", Paul McCartney apparently used the words "scrambled eggs" as a sort of rhythmic holding-pattern. Puts a rather different cast on that song...