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Some songs develop rapidly. Others, like this one, take a long time to mature.

In this case .. almost 10 years.

That would because it took that long to write and polish the lyrics. The idea was simple enough: write an alliterative line for each of the 26 letters in the English alphabet. The only other stipulation was that each line feature a person. As the lines filled in .. written either by me or my collaborator, Roy Buckley (or by the both of us) .. some of the letters proved difficult. The song would go on the back burner .. only to be revived by an occasional belch of inspiration .. before sinking, once more, unfinished. That pattern happened again and again. Finally .. another spurt of spelling knocked off the final letters of this literary exercise.
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AN ALLITERATIVE DICTIONARY [BUCKLEY/SMITH]

Augurs argued aggressively Augustus' authority aughta be augmented
Burton's brilliant brashness burnishes Britannia's breastplate
Curtailing Casanova's condom consumption caused concubine consternation
Didn't Dante deny Death's divine dignity?
Even Elizabeth eventually acknowledged Egypt wasn't Anthony's Eden.
Frances Farmer's febrile fantasies featured free falling fallopian follicles.
Galloping Genghis generated genocidal globalization.
Hermann helped Heinrich hone Hitler's holocaust hit list
Insidious industrial institutionalization irked Ike
Jeremy's jejune jeremiad justified jambalaya jihad.
King Kong kidney kicks kilted kangaroos.
Languorous lesbians love licking Lysistrata's loins
Madonna's magnificent mammaries maximized monetary munificence
Nattering nabobs negated Nixon’s narcissistic narratives
Opinionated oligarchs overrated Obama's oval office oil oration
Pompey's peckerless pouch portends positively parsimonious poking.
Quequeeg's quietude quietly quashes Queeg's quotidian querellousness
Rabid rodents raping rotting raisins resemble Rumsfeld's Rorschach
Stalin systematically slaughtered soviet soldiers and civilians
Talmudic tautologies tempted Torquemada to transubstantiate through torture
Unamuno's ungainly undergarments upset ululating Ubangis
Vivian's velcro vulva violated Vatican verities.
Why wasn’t Winston wanted once the war was won?
Xenophon xylophones Xanthippe; Xerxes xylographs Xena. 
Yoko yammered yelped yipped yodeled and yawped Yerkish
Zaftig Zairean zendik zaps Zarathustra's zebra.
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Uploaded: May 03, 2015 - 01:42:50 PM
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Comments
grah3am said 664 days ago (May 3rd, 2015)
Queeg!
You got my favourite surname into a song!
This gets progressively more bonkers as it progresses. My kind of music.
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Warren Smith said 663 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Progressive bonk
It's not often you get to use "Quequeeg" and "Queeg" in the same sentence .. although they both were salty dogs. Hey .. you might even call this song "spaggers" : )
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grah3am said 662 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Don't mind if I do
So be it!
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jiguma said 664 days ago (May 3rd, 2015)
Hve you ....
... floated this to Sesame Street Warren? ;)
Only you could/would do this, and it's a very enjoyable listen.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Warren Smith said 663 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Doing it
It seemed like a pretty straightforward song concept: write one alliterative sentence for each letter of the alphabet, but it proved to be much harder to complete than we thought it would be. Some songs are like that.
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J.A.Stewart said 664 days ago (May 3rd, 2015)
I'm Quite Sure...
... this is the first time I've ever heard the words *fallopian follicles* in a song. I think Noah Webster and the Merriams just turned over in their abecederian graves. LOL!

I was somewhat disappointed that you didn't find a way to include *YIKES!* in the Yoko portion. :P

An alpha/beta treat --- and good, clever fun. ;)

--- J
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Warren Smith said 663 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Limits
I have been trying to work "fallopian follicles" into a song for years .. and finally found a place to insert it : )

Yes, "yikes" didn't make it, nor "yacked." You have to draw the line somewhere.
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bronco said 664 days ago (May 3rd, 2015)
Jambalya Jihad?
Is that where the scrimp attack the non believing crawfish?

Ha,hahahahhaha, pretty good there Warren. Alphabetical anarchy at it's greatest!
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Warren Smith said 663 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Yes, that would be ...
A conniving cabal of Creole cuisine crusaders championing chaos
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bud said 664 days ago (May 3rd, 2015)
Simply brilliant
well - actually - complexly brilliant. Warren you are one of a kind. BTW - I have not forgotten that I owe you a collab return. Soon.
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Warren Smith said 663 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Complexity
Often these literary exercises create an involved world of their own during the process. I think because the basic idea is straightforward, but completing the plan is not, that that gives rise to complexity. And diversity. A number of times we threw away sentences because they were too duplicative. Bill Clinton - forget him - we already have enough presidents. Khubilai Khan - no, we already have Genghis, that's enough Khans. That kind of consideration broadened the overall scope.
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mystrag said 664 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
Finally
I have a cheat sheet for my son's alliteration homeworks for his English class. :) Frankly, I have no idea about 90% of the lyrics, but it is still a cool listen. Cheers.
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Warren Smith said 663 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Sounding it out
Hey - no cheating in English class!

What does it mean? With alliteration ninety per cent of the time "sound makes sense."
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say said 664 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
AD

Haha! Wow much enjoyed, so rich ! this is why I love English & this place so much, tx for sharing !
Warren Smith said 663 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Fun
I glad you enjoyed it. We were just having fun with words.
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DWL said 664 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
Absolutely amazing
Lilting and lyrically lovely

Totally Terrific Tunage!

Wonderful words Warren.

Love it!

Cheers

Dick

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Warren Smith said 662 days ago (May 6th, 2015)
E of for effort
Your effusive enthusiastic encomium encourages my elaborate erudite efforts : )
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Les_Kloo said 663 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
Alliterative Dictionary
Genius. Reminds me of Elephant Talk by King Crimson, but you took it much further, and your rules are much more demanding.
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Warren Smith said 662 days ago (May 6th, 2015)
Musical reference
I have had little exposure to King Crimson (other than the ubiquitous "Court of the Crimson King"). I have tried to remedy this situation in the same way I do when researching musicians I hear about but haven't heard - by going to my music streaming service (Rhapsody) and checking them out. In this case: no King Crimson in Rhapsody's extensive library. So I guess that means it's time to try You Tube : ) The odd thing is I remember encountering King Crimson's first album when it appeared in the record store music bins back in 1969, because it was in the "K" file where I was always looking for something new by The Kinks (That face of the schizoid man sticks with you!). But something like thirty years passed before I ever listened to it.
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Warren Smith said 661 days ago (May 7th, 2015)
Reference
Okay .. I tracked down "Elephant Talk" on You Tube and now I understand the reference. Thanks for the tip.
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Vic Holman said 663 days ago (May 4th, 2015)
Alliterative Dictionary
well you always where the wordsmith :)
now on to the thesaurus version. fun one warren.
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Warren Smith said 662 days ago (May 6th, 2015)
Words
Thanks, Vic. But no, there's no plans to develop this any further .. this is the thesaurus version!
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Dadai.2 said 663 days ago (May 5th, 2015)
Smiles galore...
Leave it to the wizard of whimsical wonder to bring his musical muse to the dry discipline of dictionary. Klapping kudos...
Warren Smith said 661 days ago (May 7th, 2015)
Dictionaries
One of my regrets was letting go of a two-volume set of the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language when we downsized during a move. I took up a lot of shelf space .. but it was a great reference book for words. Thanks for the kudos.
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Relic67 said 661 days ago (May 6th, 2015)
dark and dirty
I second the sesame street suggestion!
some interesting history lessons contained in there.
enjoyable word combinations.
have you heard the song "alphabet aerobics" by blackalicious? you might enjoy it....
https://youtu.be/MvPnM2Q1nwU
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Warren Smith said 659 days ago (May 8th, 2015)
Reference
Perhaps too adult for Sesame Street?

Thanks for the Blackalicious reference. I checked out "Alphabet Aerobics." They give the English letters a good physical workout in that song.
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kingkenny said 652 days ago (May 15th, 2015)
yes
love that song
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egobandit said 659 days ago (May 8th, 2015)
hitlist
Like when you say Jihad and that wobble synth strange but insightful like the concept wow 10 years hats off to you like when the drums change towards the end it gets more simplistic but complex in vocals greatness!
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Warren Smith said 658 days ago (May 10th, 2015)
Long term build-up
Working on a composition for that length of time ends up adding a certain amount of junk DNA to the general helix : )
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Philip18 said 658 days ago (May 10th, 2015)
Alliterative dictionary
That's entertaining, Warren!
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Warren Smith said 657 days ago (May 10th, 2015)
Tongue tested
Although it took a long time to finish, it never was anything but fun to work on. Still, it was challenging to deliver some of those tongue-twisting alliterations.
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Bowman said 653 days ago (May 15th, 2015)
Clever and so much fun.
I love and really think it’s amazingly creative to play these games.
You do it so well.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Warren Smith said 651 days ago (May 17th, 2015)
Word Games
Certainly one of the most-attractive elements of songwriting is coming up with creative challenges for writing lyrics. This one proved to be as challenging as any song I have ever worked on. I appreciate you telling me you found it fun and meaningful.
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Bob Rodgers said 651 days ago (May 17th, 2015)
You
are an alphabetical genius Warren, this is brilliant!
I love the idea and all the hard work you have put into this, amazing work and very creative.
Very much enjoyed.

Bob
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Warren Smith said 651 days ago (May 17th, 2015)
A collaboration
I don't know about that genius thing. My main contribution for this, beyond the music, was structuring the exercise as a grand excursive piece (albeit with the restriction that every line had to be about a person). While I participated in writing the lyrics, my collaborator, Roy Buckley, added the bizarre brilliance in the rhapsodic bailiwick. Nonetheless, I appreciate the flattery : )
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Little_Hooligan said 647 days ago (May 20th, 2015)
From A to Z
I am still on H.. and have learned some new words in the process.. Totally unique
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Warren Smith said 647 days ago (May 21st, 2015)
Learning process
That's because "H" stands for "Hooligan" : )

Learning new words is a good thing.

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