Lyric-al-literation
Yesterday by Paul McCartney


This is a variation of Probable Proverbs that involves rephrasing the lyrics to a well known song using as much alliteration with the same letter as possible. Bonus points if the meter works, too, so that one could actually sing the new version, and extra bonus if the rhyme scheme is maintained. Is it possible to get all the way through something like "Stairway to Heaven"? or even "American Pie"? Get out those Thesauri!

I can imagine categories for other types of things besides song lyrics. Nursery rhymes, famous poems, speeches (e.g. Gettysburg address?), Extended lines from books or movies ("This here is a 44 magnum, the largest, etc...you've got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Well...Do ya PUNK?" -- how many ways could that be done with alliteration?)


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(Coloured text shows items updated on 5/3/98)

Yesterday

--Paul McCartney

Yesterday,
all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly,
I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me
Oh yesterday came suddenly

Why she had to go, I don't know,
she wouldn't say
I said something wrong
now I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay

Yesterday,
love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

(repeat break
and last verse)

In the Past

--Rex Stocklin

In the past,
Plenty problems posed per mileposts passed
Their presence promises not to "procrast"
Pal, I pay heed to pre-today.

P.D.Q.
My proportions pruned from previous "pneu"
A penumbra's poised in upwards queue
The preceding timeplot point flew.

Pray why she parted, perplexes plenty
She pardoned? Pshaw!
I piped a propos
Please I plea, to prece-e-e-ede

Present's past
Passion's play is pretty piece of pud
I plan to purchase a place to plotz
Please, I proclaim of previously

(repeat pause and
precursory pentametered prose)


Yesterday




--Paul McCartney

Yesterday,
all my troubles seemed so far away

Now it looks as though they're here to stay

Oh I believe in yesterday.


Suddenly,
I'm not half the man I used to be

There's a shadow hanging over me

Oh yesterday came suddenly


Why she had to go, I don't know,

she wouldn't say

I said something wrong

now I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay


Yesterday,
love was such an easy game to play

Now I need a place to hide away

Oh, I believe in yesterday.


(repeat break
and last verse)

Recently

(note: this version is not 'singable'
as the other versions are)

--Kevin Ryan

Recently,
My roils rather recalled a receding
and remote reminiscence;
Now they've reappeared like a relative
who resembles a roomer
Oh I recognize and respect
a robust religious relish regarding Recently.

Rapidly,
I resemble a wrecked and riven reflection
of a rundown Ryan;
There remain reams of rain clouds
robbing the rays raised over me
Oh, Recently rashly rushed
a rapid rendezvous.

What required her rapid removal and relocation,
reality roundly refused recognition;
She refused to remit
a reliable reconstruction of her reasons
I retorted in a ribald and raucous repartee
that reeked of being remiss
Now my reflections are rife
with rarely resolved raptures for recently

Recently,
Rhapsodic revelings of romance
resembled rounds of Russian Roulette
Now I require a room refusing
revelation and review;
Oh I recognize and respect
a robust religious relish regarding Recently.

(replay recitive
and rondo)


(Other Singable versions)

Yesterday

--Paul McCartney

Yesterday,
all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly,
I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me
Oh yesterday came suddenly

Why she had to go, I don't know,
she wouldn't say
I said something wrong
now I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay

Yesterday,
love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

(repeat break
and last verse)

Formerly

--Stanley Anderson

Formerly,
All my failures felt so far from me
Now I fear they've flopped in front of me
Oh, I have faith in former days.

Unforseen,
I'm a fragment of my former frame
with forboding floating like a flame.
Oh, former days flit unforseen.

Unfamiliarly, she went forth,
and said farewell.
I affirmed a fallacy
Now I fawn for former Hell, oh

Formerly,
With facility, I'd flirt around.
Now I follow where I can't be found.
Oh, I have faith in former days.

(re-formulate refrain
and finale)


Yesterday

--Paul McCartney

Yesterday,
all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly,
I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me
Oh yesterday came suddenly

Why she had to go, I don't know,
she wouldn't say
I said something wrong
now I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay

Yesterday,
love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

(repeat break
and last verse)

Heretofore

--Stanley Anderson

Heretofore,
all my hardships hailed as history
Now are heading home and haunting me
Hey, I have hope in heretofore.

Hastily,
I have half of my humanity.
A hellish host is hovering over me.
Hey, heretofore has hounded me.

Her hejira, I had no hint,
I heard no hope
I was heinous; how I, with hunger,
grope for yest-er-day, oh

Hitherto,
heart-to-heart had happy hunting here.
Now a hidden hospice hails, I fear.
Hey, I have hope in heretofore.

(re-hearse hiatus
and hindmost hook-holder)


Yesterday

--Paul McCartney

Yesterday,
all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly,
I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me
Oh yesterday came suddenly

Why she had to go, I don't know,
she wouldn't say
I said something wrong
now I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay

Yesterday,
love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

(repeat break
and last verse)

Earlier

--Stanley Anderson

Earlier,
Every error seemed exiled away
Evidently each expects to stay
Oh, I esteem the early days

ex tempore,
I'm an ectoplasmic entity
Ebbing evening is eclipsing me
Oh, earlier days encircle me.

Exit explanations exist
not to my ear
She's embittered;
Now I'm embracing yesteryear-ear-ear-ear

Earlier,
Eros, effortlessly, I'd enjoy.
escape to exile, now, I must employ.
Oh, I esteem the early days.

(re-execute ending extant)



Yesterday

--Paul McCartney

Yesterday,
all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly,
I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me
Oh yesterday came suddenly

Why she had to go, I don't know,
she wouldn't say
I said something wrong
now I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay

Yesterday,
love was such an easy game to play
Now I need a place to hide away
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

(repeat break
and last verse)

Previously

--Stanley Anderson

Previously,
all my problems I perceived as past
Now are probably prepared to last
I was persuaded previously

Presently,
partly proto-human, partly me
With Penumbra perched precariously
The past approached and pecked at me

Perspicacity was precluded,
not expressed
Postulating improperly,
I pine for yest-er-day, oh

Previously,
passion proved a painless pleasantry.
Privacy, I probe for presently.
I was persuaded previously.

(persevere with penultimate
and post passages of poem)



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