“I AM THE VERY MODEL OF A MODERN ANTHROPOSOPHIST.”

Music composed by A.S. Sullivan, original lyrics by W.S. Gilbert,
Parodied lyrics of deepest WHS by Tom Mellett


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MODERN ANTHROPOSOPHIST:
I am the very model of a modern Anthroposophist,
I’ve information mineral, etheric, astral, egoist.
Atlantis and Lemuria, the Mystery of Golgotha,
With Ahriman and Lucifer, the science of the spiritual.

CHORUS:
Atlantis and Lemuria, the Mystery of Golgotha,
With Ahriman and Lucifer, the science of the spiritual.

MODERN ANTHROPOSOPHIST:
I visit Dornach every year as if it were the Vatican
The Goetheanum is my temple though I am American
I don’t know that much German but I want to keep on learnin’
And my heart is really yearnin’ knowin’ Steiner is returnin’.

CHORUS:
He doesn’t know much German but he wants to keep on learnin’
And his heart is really yearnin’ knowin’ Steiner is returnin’.

MODERN ANTHROPOSOPHIST:
I want to save the world from Ahriman and his materialism
But then I get so caught up in my Luciferic egotism
I never know what I should do, the feelings that I should imbue
What Steiner says, it must be true. The Christ Impulse? I have no clue!

CHORUS:
He never knows what he should do, the feelings that he should imbue
What Steiner says, it must be true. The Christ Impulse? He has no clue!
In short, in matters mineral, etheric, astral, egoist
He is the very model of a modern Anthroposophist.

MODERN ANTHROPOSOPHIST:
I see the elementals in the forest when I meditate
The gnomes and sylphs and undines, salamanders in the aggregate.
I don’t know what they want of me, this might be just be insanity
But Steiner teaches me to see behind the veil of reality.

CHORUS:
I don’t know what they want of me, this might be just be insanity
But Steiner teaches me to see behind the veil of reality.

 MODERN ANTHROPOSOPHIST:
I’ve done the exercises to attain my equanimity
But when a critic comes around in any close proximity
I hesitate and vacillate, I complicate and obfuscate
Deny that Steiner said it --- hey, that’s all I can communicate.

CHORUS:
He hesitates and vacillates, he complicates and obfuscates
Denies that Steiner said it --- hey, that’s all he can communicate.
In short, in matters mineral, etheric, astral, egoist,
He is the very model of a modern Anthroposophist.

MODERN ANTHROPOSOPHIST:
Philosophy of Freedom is a book I’ve never, ever read
To think about my thinking makes me sick and achy in the head.
I’d rather reincarnate as a woman or a refugee
Than ever have to read a book about epistemology.

CHORUS:
He’d rather reincarnate as a woman or a refugee
Than ever have to read a book about epistemology.

MODERN ANTHROPOSOPHIST:
[slower tempo here, getting wistful]

The three-fold nature of the human being is a mystery
And so are all the moves and gestures that I make eurythmically. . . .
The critics tell me Steiner is a madman and a racist, too.
His medicine is quackery, his claims of science just woo woo. . . .
But all I care about is finding which of four’s my temperament,
So I can know my destiny and finally reach enlightenment . . .

[back to quick tempo for finale]

I don’t know if I’m sanguine or choleric, melancholic
So I must be a phlegmatic ‘cause I am a chocoholic.

CHORUS:
He doesn’t know if sanguine or choleric, melancholic
So he must be a phlegmatic ‘cause he is a chocoholic.

MODERN ANTHROPOSOPHIST:
In short in matters mineral, etheric, astral, egoist
I am the very model of a modern Anthroposophist.

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  1. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    THE VERY MODEL OF A MODERN ANTHROPOSOPHIST
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Ladies and gentlemen of the Steiner Internet Universe!

    I humbly offer you now the opening lyrics of an anthroposophical song parody that I have composed. Again, with all bashfulness and modesty, I must say that it is a song parody of the deepest and most profound “World Historical Significance” (WHS) in the entire evolutionary development of humanity in the modern world to date. Why is this event of such deep WHS? Because the original song that I have parodied was performed at its New York City premiere on Broadway in 1879, yes, indeed, 1879 AD, in the very same year that the guiding spirit of anthroposophy, the Archangel Mi-cha-el was promoted from his hierarchical level of Archangel to the next level office of Archai or Time Spirit, i.e. Zeitgeist.

    The music for the original song was created by the British composer of Irish-Italian descent, Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842–1900) and the lyrics created by famed librettist, Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911).

    The song I have parodied is from their most popular opera “The Pirates of Penzance.”

    The song itself is entitled “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.”

    And at this point, my dear friends, I bid you to familiarize yourselves with the original song by clicking on the three links I provide for you here. Once you master the rhythm and cadence of the original you will be prepared to sing my version.

    YouTube Video of an actual stage performance
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlTisI_HSgw
    YouTube video with lyrics printed to sing along
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYZM__VdEjk
    Typed out lyrics
    http://www.naic.edu/~gibson/poems/gilbert1.html

    Now you are prepared to enjoy and sing yourselves my parody which is entitled:

    “I am the Very Model of a Modern Anthroposophist.”

    (NOTA BENE: At this point I have only composed 7 verses and others are sure to follow. Therefore I welcome your comments and suggestions with keywords for other verses I can compose. Over time, I predict that this parody may extend in length perhaps to a full one act opera, indeed perhaps as long as Steiner’s favorite epic poem, the Finnish Kalevala. And once I assemble a good chorus, we will record it for YouTube)

    Tom

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  2. Dearest americained Ambassador of Los ANgeles!

    May I hava try to compose new music to it, perform it with my Uribi mens choir, in some kinda of speech formation rap, astrally seen somehow aggressively?
    His Holine$$
    Murat Joy Tchundyk
    P:s Philospfy of freedom isa too complicated for English tongues becausa they always are confused about concept and percept. The translator also always confusa ita.

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  3. Dear Mr. Mellett,
    It would be most enlightening to hear this song in your performance on Youtube. Please upload it for us!

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  4. My dearest Holine$$ Murat,

    It would be an honor to have my song sung by the Uribi Men's Choir.

    Also, as an added benefit, the song can also be used to help the anthroposophical Djerman speakers in Uribistan to learn good American English spoken in Hollywood --- now just in time for the Oscars Ceremony this coming Sunday.

    As for the issue of percept and concept, I shall have to add a new verse. We know that when we apply the pure Goethean phenomenology to reality, that there is no longer any difference between percept and concept.

    We reach the blissful state of "anschauende Urteilskraft" where perceiving becomes thinking and in turn, thinking becomes perceiving.

    Thus the Universe is One.

    (but now modern physics tells us there is no more Universe but many Multiverses. Thus I will say --- and much better than Eckhart Tolle can say ---

    The Universe is One; but the Multiverse is Many!

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