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X to the tune of Y
« on: 09 Jul 2014, 17:22 »

The Gilligan's Island theme can be sung to the tune of Amazing Grace.

"Tiny Dancer" fits into the tone and rhythm of a Hare Krishna chant.

"Do It Again" and "Tom's Diner" can each use each other's lyrics.
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #1 on: 09 Jul 2014, 18:25 »

And Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley, at least for a few measures.
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #2 on: 09 Jul 2014, 18:40 »

Anything in common meter can be sung to any other tune for a song in common meter. Fun combinations include "America the Beautiful" to the tune of "Advance Australia Fair", "House of the Rising Sun" to the tune of the Pokemon theme song, and "Because I Could Not Stop for Death" (Emily Dickinson poem) to the tune of "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke".

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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #3 on: 09 Jul 2014, 23:20 »

The classic, Dark side of the oz.

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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #4 on: 10 Jul 2014, 00:18 »

Woo Helen Arney, I love Helen Arney!

Also, this is an amusing game played on Radio Four.
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #5 on: 10 Jul 2014, 03:46 »

Radio four?

I swear we only have cbc one, which wouldn't need a number if our origins weren't so british....
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #6 on: 10 Jul 2014, 03:55 »

Billy Idol's White Wedding to the tune of Chris Isaak's Wicked Game.

hey! someone else had the same idea!
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #7 on: 10 Jul 2014, 06:50 »

I regularly sing (at open mikes and such) Robert Frost's "Stopping by woods on a snowy evening" to the Old Hundredth.  It fits lots of hymn tunes, being a four-by-four (my own term), where each verse is four lines, and each line is four iambic feet.  Very common in hymns and popular tunes. 

It can also be sung to Jerusalem, but that's a two-to-one verse fit, and sounds a bit awkward. 

Then again, Jerusalem is an awkward hymn to begin with, and I'm not just talking about the ramifications of the lyrics...
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #8 on: 10 Jul 2014, 08:07 »

BBC Radio Four, specifically on their I'm Sorry, I Haven't A Clue programme which is awesome.
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #9 on: 10 Jul 2014, 10:21 »

The Song of Earendil, to the tune of "A Modern Major General".
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #10 on: 10 Jul 2014, 10:31 »

Also, the verses (but not the chorus) from "Pretty Fly for a White Guy" can be sung to the ballad tune they use on "Whose Line is it Anyway", though for the life of me I can't remember the lyrics for "Pretty Fly for a White Guy" and if I try I can only remember Weird Al's "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi".
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #11 on: 10 Jul 2014, 10:45 »

The words to Hölst's "Jupiter, bringer of jollity" can be sung to the exact same tune as Beethoven's "Für Elise" omg isn't that so trippy
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #12 on: 10 Jul 2014, 20:03 »

You mean "Homeland", which he used the Jupiter theme for?  Because Jupiter's orchestral...


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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #13 on: 13 Jul 2014, 10:04 »

trololol there's no words to Jupiter or Für Elise. dats de joke :D
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« Reply #14 on: 13 Jul 2014, 19:06 »

Ah.  Except, there are words to Jupiter - see my previous post.  The chorale I'm in sang it this spring, and damn if every time I heard Jupiter on the radio I didn't wind up singing along...

Yeah, I listen to classical on the radio.  It's amazing how often they play Jupiter...
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #15 on: 14 Jul 2014, 16:41 »

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EEEE I love Jay Forman so much.

I'm reminded of the Four Chord Song.
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #16 on: 14 Jul 2014, 22:30 »

Which reminds me of the Pachelbel rant... see how many you recognize! 

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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #17 on: 15 Jul 2014, 06:14 »

He thinks it's bad the cello gets a bad part in Canon in D... I played the trombone. Almost every part I got was like that. I loved the rare opportunity I got to play something interesting.
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #18 on: 15 Jul 2014, 10:20 »

ha!  I played trombone, too.  Worse, 3rd trombone.  We pretty much just mirrored the tubas. 
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #19 on: 15 Jul 2014, 23:14 »

Ah.  Except, there are words to Jupiter - see my previous post.  The chorale I'm in sang it this spring, and damn if every time I heard Jupiter on the radio I didn't wind up singing along...

Yeah, I listen to classical on the radio.  It's amazing how often they play Jupiter...

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« Reply #20 on: 16 Jul 2014, 07:40 »

Yeah, that's the hymn version that Ralph Vaughn Williams talked him into doing. 

I love how Prince Phillip gets distracted in the middle of the first line...

We did the Stroope arrangement, called Homeland, which uses more of the original poem, ignores the added second verse, and uses more of Jupiter for the ending. 


This was about how we did it - most of the other renditions I found were slowed way down. 
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Re: X to the tune of Y
« Reply #21 on: 16 Jul 2014, 12:45 »

[video]

EEEE I love Jay Forman so much.

I'm reminded of the Four Chord Song.
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Looks like they've got multiple versions of the song each with different songs included. This one made me laugh especially when they sang the theme song of "America's Funniest Home Videos". Don't know why that was so funny for me, but it was...
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