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    Exclamation Write It to the Tune of ... Poetry Contest

    I had considered doing this for sometime, and what the hay, let's go for it!

    Take this poem I wrote from the "Famous Quoted Line Poetry Contest."

    Night of the Demon

    Trying to fall asleep but the reality
    There is a nightmare crouched on my chest
    Now he could be delusion, a night time illusion
    All that I know is that he keeps me from my rest

    I put on a CD, of sounds of serenity
    Didn't block the eyes of the demon in my view
    He digs in his back claws, torments me without cause
    I need my sleep but what the hell can I do?

    Tossing and turning, my eyes red and burning
    There's still the weight of a demon in my view
    I'm getting frantic, headed for major panic
    Wonder if he'd move on if he swallowed a bullet or two?

    Pendragon
    (C) 6/25/2013

    Now go back, and read again. It is written to the tune of Jimmy Buffet's hit song "Margaritaville" Only the verses, not the chorus. Try singing it!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue2-ZVxpVjc

    Now this contest is simple. You get a song, if your are not familiar with the tune, post a link to it. You then write a poem that can be sung to the tune given. Could be fun, if you are willing to try.

    First song for the first contest:

    Have a Nice Day--Bon Jovi

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeVWPz-fcR0

    I will see what kind of turnout we have, and then post a deadline. What do have to loose? The poem can be on anything as long as it fits the tune.
    Some of us laugh
    Some of us cry
    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
    But it's all just the way
    that we cope with our lives...

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    Fun idea, Pendragon!
    You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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    I'll Make You Stay

    Where's this anger coming from? I want to know
    Why I lost my heart so many years ago.

    Kick me while I whimper on that filthy street
    Weak and waiting for a cuter friend to meet.

    You crushed me, thought you understood, but I'm still here
    Hating you because your wickedness is near.

    Oh! Projections of myself are what I push outside.
    Yeah! Projections of a demon that you're forced to ride
    Heating up your heart, ripping you apart,
    Showing you a love you never thought would start.
    You had better run away. Get out!
    I'll make you stay.
    I'll make you stay.


    Scream! It doesn't help. It doesn't make me sad.
    You're the one projecting. You're the one who's mad.

    Take me for a fool that cries pathetically.
    You're no prize that's worth some pouting jealousy.

    I will leave you when I want. I'm not like you.
    When you think you love me, I'll say that we're through.

    Oh! Projections of myself are what I push outside.
    Yeah! Projections of a demon that you're forced to ride
    Heating up your heart, ripping you apart,
    Showing you a love you never thought would start.
    You had better run away. Get out!
    I'll make you stay.
    I'll make you stay.


    No knight is on his way who cares to help you out.
    Delusions are those locks that you complain about.

    Get out!
    I'll make you stay.
    I'll make you stay.
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    Sorry, YesNo, I think you did a good job, but people have complained that the song is too difficult for poetry writing. So we offer another perhaps catchier tune. This is Simon and Garfunkel, "Sound of Silence."

    Please note the poem can be as long as you wish or as short as one stanza as long as it follows the tune.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9voMukBcHi0

    Deadline August 15th one way or another...

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    Some of us laugh
    Some of us cry
    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
    But it's all just the way
    that we cope with our lives...

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    No problem, Pendragon. The "Sound of Silence" seems more interesting. Good idea for a contest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pendragon View Post
    ...This is Simon and Garfunkel, "Sound of Silence."
    ....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9voMukBcHi0

    ...
    Hello Weber my old friend.
    Iíve come to grill with you again.
    Charcoal briquettes are piled high.
    A gallon of fluid lights the sky.

    And the Hickory smoke that is wafting in my face,
    I embrace

    I hold the tongs of power.

    Brats are hot and start to swell.
    New York Strip is medium well.
    Shrimp on the grill are swimming.
    Glazed chicken legs are dancing.

    To the tune of the flashing briquettes light,
    that sparks the night.

    I hold the tongs of power.

    http://www.weber.com/grills/series/one-touch
    "Mongo only pawn in game of life" - Mongo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKRma7PDW10

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    ^
    Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Hello darkness my old friend
    I wake to look at you again
    Through the window I hear feet walking
    Time to gather up and start hawking
    The box of apples on my table, sun or rain
    While I strain
    To hear the sound of fivepence

    Horses clop and cartwheels groan
    On the busy streets of stone
    Trying not to look too much the tramp
    I stand and stretch out a persistent cramp
    And my dead eyes seek any hint of the daytime light
    But just see night
    And I listen for the sound of fivepence

    In front of me I hear a jeer
    And an apple disappears
    But I also hear footsteps stopping
    And the sound of precious coins dropping
    Gentlemen, ladies fair, working folk all willing to share
    I say a prayer
    In exchange for the sound of fivepence
    You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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    Exclamation

    We have two wonderful entries! Surely there are more? Anyone? Please?
    Some of us laugh
    Some of us cry
    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
    But it's all just the way
    that we cope with our lives...

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    (to the tune of "Sound of Silence")

    Hello Gym, you're not my friend
    You're talking-weight-scale oft offends
    I want to throw those Yoga Balls at you
    And toss my worn Cross-Trainer shoes in too
    and the barbells
    that are now planted in my chest
    I regret
    Wait, who's
    That new
    Fitness trainer?

    Suck in my gut, tighten my butt
    S'cuse me...gluteus maximus.
    Isometrics and Body Mass Index
    Bench presses and curls for my biceps
    And sit-ups
    That's what Middle Management means?
    In my dreams
    Wait, here comes
    That new
    Fitness trainer.

    From cinnamon buns to buns of steel
    "Feel the burn!", the trainer squeals.
    "Work those pecs and glutes, those tri's and bi's
    Hammies, lats...did you detoxify?!"
    My heavy breathing
    Is a sound I'd rather hear in bed
    That's what I said
    Wait, you're not
    My friend,
    Fitness trainer.
    Last edited by Melanie; 08-21-2013 at 05:25 AM. Reason: added 3rd stanza
    Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Those three previous entries rock!

    Hello, Gotham, you massive mall,
    I thought I’d pay you a call:
    a city that’s never caught sleeping
    though baseball fans are kept weeping
    with the price of tickets flying through the roof
    and A-Rod still swings under steroid proof
    toward pitchers’ mounds, in silence.

    Without a ride, I schlepped through town
    with waiting cabs nowhere around--
    their drivers would rather quaff a poison cup
    than lose their fears and pick me up--
    while boys in blue all alert and brisk
    grabbing a guy to stop and frisk
    with no real grounds of violence.

    A soothing smoke would calm the dark,
    but the city won’t allow it near the park,
    and warns that I shouldn’t even think
    about super-sizing a cold soft drink
    o’er sixteen ounces, despite my mood,
    or scarfing down pounds of trans-fat food,
    all salted up, in silence.
    Last edited by AuntShecky; 08-17-2013 at 07:02 PM.

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    Time to wrap this contest up, I think.

    GG I love that line :I hold the tongs of power..."

    Calidore: Very neat description of a coastermonger's life

    Melanie: That first line is priceless! What makes it not my friend are the people with perfect bodies complaining about gaining a pound while I'm trying to drop 100lb...

    Aunt Shecky (Hi. BTW, long time no hear!) Neat play

    But I have to pick one...

    Congrats, GilbertGurgle! GG, you had me at "tongs of power"

    NEXT!
    Some of us laugh
    Some of us cry
    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
    But it's all just the way
    that we cope with our lives...

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    Well, looky there!
    I recall I was actually grilling that evening, it was only natural.
    Thanks!

    Next song Moody Blues Tuesday Afternoon
    Let's see how you handle the "sigh" held through a couple of measures.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7MY1rtPL5Q
    "Mongo only pawn in game of life" - Mongo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKRma7PDW10

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    Congrats, Gilliatt! Winner hosts the barbeque, I believe.
    You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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    Friday Night Blues

    Friday after dark,
    I’m just beginning to drink
    All of the clouds away—
    Not that it matters to me
    So long as I don’t have to think—

    Tequila is calling to me—
    Is there a barmaid anywhere—
    Still all the voices that ring in my head
    Can’t be hushed by tequila and beeeeeeeeeeeeeer

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, my!

    I’m examining myself, trying to figure why
    I always drink my way into a clouded, clouded mind
    As I grow hazy in this lonesome fog of beer
    Come on down and see, and grab a glass of cheer

    Friday after dark,
    Friday after dark—

    Friday after dark
    My mind is beginning to grow numb
    Now I’m well on my way—
    What does it really matter to me
    If the whole world thinks I’m dumb?

    The bartender is calling to me
    “Closing time is drawing near
    Can I call you a cab?”
    Voices still ring in a drunken haze
    But I tell him OK with a sneeeeeeeeeeeeer—

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, my!

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, myyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

    Pendragon
    Some of us laugh
    Some of us cry
    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
    But it's all just the way
    that we cope with our lives...

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