History Music / TomLehrer

2nd May '17 3:16:17 AM morenohijazo
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* ParentalBonus: While most of his songs are still funny, there are lines he says that are rather topical to the 1960s. An example would be when he mentions that Massachusetts is the only state with ''three'' senators, it's because Robert Kennedy (from Massachusetts) happened to be a New York senator at the time.

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* ParentalBonus: ParentalBonus:
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While most of his songs are still funny, there are lines he says that are rather topical to the 1960s. An example would be when he mentions that Massachusetts is the only state with ''three'' senators, it's because Robert Kennedy (from Massachusetts) happened to be a New York senator at the time.time.
** "New Math" was supposed to make fun of the new (at the time) substraction method, by using MotorMouth to make it look as incomprehensible as possible. While New Math was mostly abandoned, the subtraction method he demonstrates in the song actually stuck around, and nowadays, kids are taught using that "new" method. Kids will now understand perfectly the incomprehensible "new" method, but struggle trying to understand the normal "old" method because Lehrer didn't bother explaining it too much (since he assumed people would be familiar with the method) and, as Lehrer himself points out, the "old" method wasn't actually meant to be understood.
30th Mar '17 10:40:11 AM beergood
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--->I'll look for you when [[WorldWarIII the war]] is over\\

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--->I'll -->''I'll look for you when [[WorldWarIII the war]] is over\\over''\\



An hour and a half from now!

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An ''An hour and a half from now!now!''
30th Mar '17 10:39:29 AM beergood
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* IWillFindYou: Given a suitably dark twist in "So Long Mom (I'm Off To Drop The Bomb)":
--->I'll look for you when [[WorldWarIII the war]] is over\\
[checks watch]\\
An hour and a half from now!
15th Mar '17 8:10:20 AM Phys101
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* KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy: An exaggeratedly long example in "Lobachevsky". See ListSong below.

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* KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy: KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy:
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An exaggeratedly long example in "Lobachevsky". See ListSong below.below.
** "I Got It from Agnes" in the sense of carnal knowledge.


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** "I Got It from Agnes": who got it from whom.
11th Mar '17 5:22:03 PM Phys101
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* BreadEggsMilkSquick:

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* BreadEggsMilkSquick:BreadEggsMilkSquick: The commingling of the ordinary with the {{squick}} is a staple of his work.



* ALoveToDismember: "I Hold Your Hand in Mine", "TheMasochismTango".

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* LiteralMetaphor: "The Masochism Tango":
--> At your command\\
Before you here, I stand\\
My heart is in my hand... (Yecch!)
* ALoveToDismember: "I Hold Your Hand in Mine", "TheMasochismTango".Mine" and "The Masochism Tango".
5th Feb '17 7:22:47 AM Phys101
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* '''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 Agnes" has this doozy: "Max got it from Edith, who gets it every spring/[[ParentalIncest spring/ [[ParentalIncest She got it from her daddy, daddy]], [[DaddysGirl who just gives her everything]]..."
18th Jan '17 8:03:50 PM Phys101
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--> "With Ingrid Bergman [or Bridget Bardot] playing the part of Hypotenuse.

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--> "With Ingrid Bergman [or Bridget Bardot] playing the part of Hypotenuse."
18th Jan '17 8:02:09 PM Phys101
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* 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]].

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Parodied at least twice. twice.
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"Lobachevsky" describes a film version of a ''mathematics textbook''. textbook''...
--> "With Ingrid Bergman [or Bridget Bardot] playing the part of Hypotenuse.
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"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]].



* InsultBackfire: Well-liked among the more humorous folk and {{Filk}} singers.
** Also, the Harvard University Band regularly performs his [[FootballFightSong fight-song]] parody "Fight Fiercely, Harvard" at football games.

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* InsultBackfire: Well-liked InsultBackfire:
** His songs are well-liked
among the more humorous folk and {{Filk}} singers.
** Also, the The Harvard University Band regularly performs his [[FootballFightSong fight-song]] parody "Fight Fiercely, Harvard" at football games.



* LyricalDissonance: Particularly his nuclear war songs.
** Also, "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" is a bright, happy, song about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess what.]]

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* LyricalDissonance: Particularly his nuclear war songs.
LyricalDissonance:
** Also, "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" is a bright, happy, song about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin guess what.]]



** His nuclear-war and nuclear-testing songs in general.



* MotorMouth: "New Math", "The Elements"

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* MotorMouth: "New Math", "The Elements"Elements", and his research assignment in "Lobachevsky".
26th Dec '16 9:09:19 PM foxley
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* HumanHeadOnTheWall: "The Hunting Song":
-->''And there's ten stuffed heads in my trophy room right now,''
-->''Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a pure-bred guernsey cow.''
20th Dec '16 12:33:57 PM LordOfTheSword
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* 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: '''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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