History Music / TomLehrer

2nd Jun '16 8:36:45 AM ErikModi
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** Pretty much the entirety of "Dr. Werner Von Braun" is this, including such gems as "'once the rocket's up, who cares where they come down, that's not my department' says Werner Von Braun."
2nd Jun '16 8:35:19 AM ErikModi
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-->We taught them [the Germans] a lesson in 1918, and they've hardly bothered us since then

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-->Once all the Germans were warlike, and mean, but that couldn't happen again,
-->We taught them [the Germans] a lesson in 1918, and they've hardly bothered us since thenthen!
2nd Jun '16 8:33:27 AM ErikModi
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** Most of Tom Lehrer's songs, and their humor, stem from this trope.
23rd May '16 10:44:54 AM Josef5678
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* DoNotPassGo: "We Will All Go Together When We Go" (singing about the global nuclear holocaust) has:
-->You will all go to your respective Valhallas.\\
Go directly, do not pass Go, do not collect 200 [[PainfulRhyme dollas]].
19th Apr '16 1:44:51 AM CassandraLeo
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* TheOldestProfession: "Now there's a charge for what she used to give for free in my home town".

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* TheOldestProfession: TheOldestProfession:
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"Now there's a charge for what she used to give for free in my home town".town".
** From "Be Prepared":
--> ''Don't solicit for your sister; that's not nice''
--> ''Unless you get a good percentage of her price''
13th Apr '16 3:27:09 AM CassandraLeo
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'''Thomas Andrew Lehrer''' (born April 9, 1928) is an American satirist who managed to achieve remarkable popularity and impact on popular culture, despite having produced only three albums' worth of material in the [[TheFifties 1950s]] and [[TheSixties '60s]] before retiring to a life in academia as a mathematician. Lehrer's pieces often take the form of witty parodies of various popular song forms. Other common themes in his work are disapproval of [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking nuclear war, Cold War politics, and folk singing]]. Of course, he undercuts that last by putting forth as perfect a rendition of such songs as can be done with only a piano ("imagine that I am playing an 88-string guitar," as he said in his intro to "The Folk Song Army," on his 1965 album ''That Was The Year That Was'') as accompaniment.

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'''Thomas Andrew Lehrer''' (born April 9, 1928) is an American satirist who managed to achieve remarkable popularity and impact on popular culture, despite having produced only three albums' worth of material in the [[TheFifties 1950s]] and [[TheSixties '60s]] before retiring to a life in academia as a mathematician. Lehrer's pieces often take the form of witty parodies of various popular song forms. Other common themes in his work are disapproval of [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking nuclear war, Cold War politics, and folk singing]]. Of course, he undercuts that last by putting forth as perfect a rendition of such songs as can be done with only a piano ("imagine that I am playing an 88-string guitar," guitar", as he said in his intro to "The Folk Song Army," on his 1965 album ''That Was The the Year That Was'') as accompaniment.



* ''An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer'' (1959)[[note]]A live album with the material from ''More of...''[[/note]]

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* ''An Evening Wasted With with Tom Lehrer'' (1959)[[note]]A live album with the material from ''More of...''[[/note]]



* BlackComedy: Lots and lots of examples, but "I Got It From Agnes" has this doozy: "Max got it from Edith, who gets it every spring/[[ParentalIncest She got it from her daddy, who just gives her everything]]..."

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* BlackComedy: Lots and lots of examples, but "I Got It From from Agnes" has this doozy: "Max got it from Edith, who gets it every spring/[[ParentalIncest She got it from her daddy, who just gives her everything]]..."



** 'I Hold Your Hand In Mine' sounds romantic, up to the lyrics "My joy would be complete, dear/If only you were here/But still I keep your hand/As a precious souvenir." And: "I hold your hand in mine, dear/I press it to my lips/I take a healthy bite from your dainty fingertips".

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** 'I "I Hold Your Hand In Mine' in Mine" sounds romantic, up to the lyrics "My joy would be complete, dear/If only you were here/But still I keep your hand/As a precious souvenir." And: "I hold your hand in mine, dear/I press it to my lips/I take a healthy bite from your dainty fingertips".



* CheapHeat: Since ''That Was The Year That Was'' was recorded in San Francisco, he sings "the breakfast garbage that you throw into the bay, they drink at lunch in San Jose" in "Pollution" and gets an enthusiastic reaction from the crowd. The songbook ''Too Many Songs By Tom Lehrer'' suggests that anyone singing the song should similarly localize that line.

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* CheapHeat: Since ''That Was The the Year That Was'' was recorded in San Francisco, he sings "the breakfast garbage that you throw into the bay, they drink at lunch in San Jose" in "Pollution" and gets an enthusiastic reaction from the crowd. The songbook ''Too Many Songs By by Tom Lehrer'' suggests that anyone singing the song should similarly localize that line.



* TheFilmOfTheBook: Parodied at least twice. "Lobachevsky" describes a film version of a ''mathematics textbook''. "Oedipus Rex", meanwhile, was a modest proposal for a title tune "which the people could hum" for the film of [[Theatre/OedipusRex the eponymous play]].



* FriendToPsychos: In My Home Town:
--->I remember Sam, he was the village idiot\\

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* FriendToPsychos: In My "My Home Town:
Town":
--->I remember Sam, Sam; he was the village idiot\\



** "I Got It From Agnes." What "it" is is never specified, but we can guess.

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** "I Got It From from Agnes." What "it" is is never specified, but we can guess.



Watch Brinkley and Huntley,\\

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Watch Brinkley and Huntley,\\Huntley\\



* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: "I Hold Your Hand In Mine".

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* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: "I Hold Your Hand In in Mine".



** Taken to PatterSong extremes in TheMusical production "Tomfoolery."
** Namely, the original song only has the following: debility, utility, mobility, possibility, probability, virility, fertility, desirability, liability, sterility, hostility, futility, agility, facility, senility, and ability. "Tomfoolery" adds: compatibility, fragility, advisability, durability, inflexibility, volatility, inconceivability, humility, nobility, puerility, indispensability, versatility, irresponsibility, juvenility, adorability, and imbecility.

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** Taken to PatterSong extremes in TheMusical production "Tomfoolery."
''Tomfoolery''.
** Namely, the original song only has the following: debility, utility, mobility, possibility, probability, virility, fertility, desirability, liability, sterility, hostility, futility, agility, facility, senility, and ability. "Tomfoolery" ''Tomfoolery'' adds: compatibility, fragility, advisability, durability, inflexibility, volatility, inconceivability, humility, nobility, puerility, indispensability, versatility, irresponsibility, juvenility, adorability, and imbecility.



* SanitySlippageSong: "I Hold Your Hand In Mine"

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* SanitySlippageSong: "I Hold Your Hand In in Mine"



*** And frequently, Creator/DanielRadcliffe will dust off the song from memory when he's a guest on daytime, evening, and late-night talk-shows, so does that mean Lehrer also has [[Film/HarryPotter Diagon Alley]] cred to his name?

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*** And frequently, Creator/DanielRadcliffe will dust off the song from memory when he's a guest on daytime, evening, and late-night talk-shows, so does that mean Lehrer also has [[Film/HarryPotter [[Franchise/HarryPotter Diagon Alley]] cred to his name?



* SouthernFriedPrivate: "It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be A Soldier"

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** Various recorded versions of "Lobachevsky" credit Creator/BrigitteBardot, Creator/IngridBergman, Creator/DorisDay, and Creator/MarilynMonroe as playing the hypotenuse in [[TheFilmOfTheBook the film version]] of ''The Eternal Triangle''.
* SouthernFriedPrivate: "It Makes A a Fellow Proud To to Be A a Soldier"
3rd Apr '16 6:20:15 PM TheBigBopper
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[[Music/WeirdAlYankovic "Weird Al" Yankovic]] cites Tom Lehrer as one of his inspirations, while Creator/DrDemento has described him as "the greatest musical satirist of the 20th Century." Lehrer's own inspirations notably include Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, DannyKaye and Music/ColePorter. Allegedly, he invented the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin_dessert#Gelatin_shots Jell-O shot]].

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[[Music/WeirdAlYankovic "Weird Al" Yankovic]] cites Tom Lehrer as one of his inspirations, while Creator/DrDemento has described him as "the greatest musical satirist of the 20th Century." Lehrer's own inspirations notably include Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, DannyKaye and Music/ColePorter. Allegedly, he He also claimed to have invented the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin_dessert#Gelatin_shots Jell-O shot]].shot]] as a way of circumventing military base regulations, though the idea goes at least as far back as the 1862 book, ''How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivantís Companion''.
26th Mar '16 1:03:08 PM StrangeBro
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** There are some truly rough ones in "(I'm Spending) Hannukah in Santa Monica":
-->Those Eastern winters, I can't endure 'em\\
So every year I pack my gear and come out here till Purim
-->Rosh Hashanah, I spend in Ari-''zah''-na\\
And Yom Kippur, way down in Mississippur...
24th Mar '16 9:42:13 PM CassandraLeo
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* VisualPun: After singing the line "To thee we sing with our glasses raised on high" in "Bright College Days", Lehrer would take off his glasses and raise them.
24th Mar '16 9:37:49 PM CassandraLeo
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* MajorGeneralSong: Lehrer describes "The Elements" as "the names of the chemical elements set to a [[ToTheTuneOf possibly recognisable tune]]".


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* ToTheTuneOf: "The Elements" takes its melody from Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's "[[MajorGeneralSong I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General]]".
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