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If you want amusing songs, you should look at musical comedies. How Much I Love You and The Trouble With Women from One Touch of Venus have great lyrics by Ogden Nash, his only adventure into lyric writing. Cole Porter had a good sense of humor: Never Be an Artist, I Hate Men, Brush Up Your Shakespeare. So did Bernstein: Officer Krupke, The Wrong Note Rag, Ohio, Let's Go to My Place.
Some songs are amusing when you hear the verse. I Guess I'll have to Change My Plans is really funny when you hear that the entire love affair was over before the singer even meets the girl. It makes me think of Bob Hope, who had The Road to Morocco and Buttons and Bows.
You have to know your audience to do Was I Drunk, Was He Handsome, and Did My Ma Give Me...
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There's a great bit called "Prinderella and Cince" that's hilarious - just google it. It's a storytelling of all spoonerisms accompanied by your piano. The best part, I think, was at the "moke of stridnight, when Prinderella slopped her dripper". Give it a try! Good luck!
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Ira Gershwin and Kurt Weill wrote a song in spoonerisms for The Firebrand of Florence. I think the last lines were: He: And so I offer wedless bliss. She: I'd rather it were bedless wiss!
Look into Andy Razaf's lyrics, too. My Handyman had a sequel: My Handyman Ain't Handy No More. Ruth Brown did a great song, If I Can't Sell It about a chair, of course. I think that is Andy Razaf, too. Mr. Christopher Columbus certainly is.
How about Lydia the Tattooed Lady; I'm Lonely In My Saddle Since My Horse Died; Don't Pick Your Nose When the Next Car Comes (the hitch hiking song); I Don't Care if it Rains or Freezes, I am Safe With my Plastic Jesus, Riding on the Dashboard of My Car (I think the title might just be titled Plastic Jesus); The All Night Laundromat Blues; Drop Kick me Jesus Through the Goal Posts of Life; and last but not least, May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose.
Edited by Pianolance (04/11/1305:17 PM)
Knabe 5'2" Louis XV Walnut circa 1927 Very part time piano broker.
TromboneAl, the one thing that came to mind for me was the "Abe Burrows Songbook" -- all of which were parodies of popular music cliche songs. They didn't all ring my bell, but some were genuinely hilarious. I believe he published that book sometime in the '50s or '60s -- it may still be available.