Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ish Kabibble

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This is mostly just nonsense fun. The inspiration for it (believe it or not) was "If I Only Had a Brain" from The Wizard of Oz. In such roundabout ways are songs made. Keep in mind, that's what William had in mind. What I had in mind was something a little different. I took it to be general advice about laughter as given by classic comedians of days gone by, so when writing the music I was thinking of The Three Stooges, or Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, and the Marx Brothers.

As usual, William writes the lyrics, but the music is my fault. William asked me why it ends so abruptly. I'd recently seen The Golden Compass, and was struck by the way the movie just ends. One minute the plot's moving along; the next the credits are rolling. It's as if the director's mother shouted, "Chriiiis! Time for diiiiinnneeeerrrr!!!" and everybody just stopped making a movie and went home. I figure if they can do that with a movie, I can do that with a song.

By the way, "Ish Kabibble" was the stage name of Merwyn Bogue, who was a musician and actor around the 1940s, and an inspiration to Jerry Lewis. So if you really have some need to find deep meaning in your songs, look at the first verse as a nod to slapstick comedy. I have no idea who "Elmer Dansk" might be; I think William may have just made him up. As for any other meaning... well, you'll never solve the riddle 'til you learn to play the game.


Ish Kabibble
wmh - June 30, 2008

Humpty Dumpty
Ish Kabibble
Learn to fall, laugh a little
Forget about the pain

Elmer Dansk
Rumplestiltskin
Be careful what you're wishin'
And never mind the rain

[bridge]
You can wonder and be wiser
You can spend and still be a miser
Be a pauper, be a kaiser
Then do it all again

I've been richer
I've been poorer
But I've never closed a door-er
On what I call a friend

Mary Poppins
Curley Howard
It doesn't really matter
'Cause it all works out in the end

[bridge]
You can bargain, you can wiggle
You can use the pawn or the fiddle
But you'll never solve the riddle
'Til you learn to play the game

If you're lonely
Learn to whistle
Cast a spell, sprach ein bissel
Maybe luck will lead to fame

Humpty Dumpty
Ish Kabibble
Learn to fall, laugh a little
Forget about the pain

[bridge]
You can bargain, you can wiggle
You can use the pawn or the fiddle
But you'll never solve the riddle
'Til you learn to play the game



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