And now, a quick addition to "The Adventures of Lord Blackwood, Explorer and Gentleman", based on an idea from the forum.
Date: 30 Jul 2012 09:59
Number of posts: 39
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I love it, but I think the rhythm goes better if the line is changed to 'I am the very model of an explorer and a gentleman'.
Nah… in the original song it's always 15-16 syllables per line. Changing it as above would make it 17.
True facts. Although there are a couple of lines in this that don't scan perfectly1, that is one that is fine.
I can't describe how much I love this, but
Were I not a Christian, I'd accuse them all of buggery
doesn't match the original's pattern of a stress on the line's second syllable. And Blackwood would probably pronounce Christian with two syllables so there's space to extend the line. I'd change it to 'If I were not…'
And most of the syllables in
I can tell authentic poltergeists from frauds and forgeries
are quite short so the line seems to run out before it should-maybe 'hoaxes, frauds and forgeries'?
Rereading it, the lines still all scan to me when I sing them to myself, but I can see how some of them read like they wouldn't scan well. Meter and syllable emphasis doesn't always come across in text that well, I guess.
If I were any good at singing i'd do a recording of this as a supplement, but i've been told that my singing voice is wont to shatter glass, terrify small children, and cause birds to fall out of the sky dead.
Goddammit, now I'm hearing Blackwood's lines in Mordin's voice.
Fun fact: my only claim to fame is that I can recite every line of Scientist Salarian. Well, I can do a good impression of Richard Nixon as well.
If you were to record yourself singing Scientist Salarian in Nixon's voice I would personally assure that it would become the highest rated video on YouTube.1
There's some who say my form has been reduced to that of sluggery
(Were I not a Christian, I'd accuse them all of buggery)
But still, with cryptids airborne, terrestrial, and aquarian
I am the very model of an explorer and gentleman!