Monday, March 06, 2006

gilligan's meter

Actually that last link was found when I was googling around the general theme of poetry you can sing to to the tune of Gilligan's Island, as you do. Apparently that mid-century TV earworm is quite versatile in the ballad stakes. I had heard of singing Advance Australia Fair to it, but not, for instance, The Rime of the Ancient Marriner or Stairway to Heaven

Making Light: Yankee Internationale via Incoming Signals


Anjaan said...


Gummo Trotsky said...

Hmmm. Wonder how Tanenbaum would go to the tune of Gilligan's Island.

Gummo Trotsky said...

Answer - not good.

But this goes nicely:

The sun was shining on the sea,
shining with all his might -
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright ...

boynton said...

Yes and if you tweak the second line:

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to me beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe

Gummo Trotsky said...

I'll never be able to read Carroll the same way again.

Now all I need is a good tune for Eliot's Prufrock.

(Thinks - great idea for the next Melb grogblogging - a community singalong of great (and not so great) poems set to TV themes).

Need a pianist who got beyond the barrelhouse Greensleeves though.