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* PainfulRhyme: {{Lampshaded}} in "The Folk Song Army":
-->''The tune don't have to be clever,\\
And it don't matter if you put a couple extra syllables into a line.\\
It sounds more ethnic if it ain't good English\\
And it don't even gotta rhyme... excuse me: rhyne!''

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* PainfulRhyme: In "Alma":
-->''The first one she married was Mahler,\\
Whose buddies all knew him as Gustav.\\
And each time he saw her he'd holler:\\
"Ach, das ist the fräulein I moost have!"''


''That Was the Year That Was'' is a 1965 LiveAlbum by humorous singer-songwriter Music/TomLehrer, featuring songs he had written during a stint on the American incarnation of the satirical current affairs show ''Series/ThatWasTheWeekThatWas''.

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''That Was the Year That Was'' is a 1965 LiveAlbum (recorded at the hungry i in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco) by humorous singer-songwriter Music/TomLehrer, featuring songs he had written during a stint on the American incarnation of the satirical current affairs show ''Series/ThatWasTheWeekThatWas''.
''Series/ThatWasTheWeekThatWas''. Most of the songs on the album, as well as a few of Lehrer's older songs, were performed on that show by their resident performers; "The Folk Song Army", "Smut", "Alma", "Wernher von Braun" and "The Vatican Rag" were not featured on ''[=TW3=]''.

This was the only album not to be issued on Tom Lehrer's own label; it was released on the Creator/RepriseRecords label. As part of the deal to issue the album, Reprise also got the rights to Lehrer's back catalog; in 1966, they reissued ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer'' and had Lehrer rerecord ''Music/SongsByTomLehrer'' in stereo.


We [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII taught them a lesson in 1918]], and they've [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII hardly bothered us since then]]!''

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We [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI taught them a lesson in 1918]], and they've [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII hardly bothered us since then]]!''


We taught them a lesson in 1918, and they've hardly bothered us since then!''

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We [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII taught them a lesson in 1918, 1918]], and they've [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII hardly bothered us since then!''then]]!''



--->''Once the rockets go up, who cares where they come down?\\
"That's not my department," says Wernher von Braun''

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--->''Once --->''"Once the rockets go up, who cares where they come down?\\
"That's That's not my department," says Wernher von Braun''


We all hate poverty, war and injustice\\

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We all hate poverty, war war, and injustice\\



* LyricalDissonance: "So Long Mom" is a song about nuclear war set to a cheerful tune. The narrator is a pilot in WorldWarIII adressing his mother:

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* LyricalDissonance: "So Long Mom" is a song about nuclear war set to a cheerful tune. The narrator is a pilot in WorldWarIII adressing addressing his mother:



** "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.

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** "New Math" was supposed to make fun of the new (at the time) substraction subtraction 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.



And it don't even gotta rhyme--excuse me--rhyne''

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And it don't even gotta rhyme--excuse me--rhyne''rhyme -- excuse me -- rhyne''


''That Was the Year That Was'' is a 1965 LiveAlbum by humorous singer-songwriter Creator/TomLehrer, featuring songs he had written during a stint on the American incarnation of the satirical current affairs show ''Series/ThatWasTheWeekThatWas''.

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''That Was the Year That Was'' is a 1965 LiveAlbum by humorous singer-songwriter Creator/TomLehrer, Music/TomLehrer, featuring songs he had written during a stint on the American incarnation of the satirical current affairs show ''Series/ThatWasTheWeekThatWas''.


* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel is considered a controversial figure these days, partly because of her own self-confessed anti-Semitic[[note]]Even though two of her husbands were Jewish[[/note]] and pro-Fascist beliefs, and partly because she proved to be an UnreliableNarrator in her role [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Problem as the caretaker]] of Music/GustavMahler's legacy.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel is considered a controversial figure these days, partly because of her own self-confessed anti-Semitic[[note]]Even antisemitic[[note]]Even though two of her husbands were Jewish[[/note]] and pro-Fascist beliefs, and partly because she proved to be an UnreliableNarrator in her role [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Problem as the caretaker]] of Music/GustavMahler's legacy.


* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel is considered a controversial figure these days, partly because of her own self-confessed anti-Semitic and pro-Fascist beliefs, and partly because she proved to be an UnreliableNarrator in her role [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Problem as the caretaker]] of Music/GustavMahler's legacy.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel is considered a controversial figure these days, partly because of her own self-confessed anti-Semitic anti-Semitic[[note]]Even though two of her husbands were Jewish[[/note]] and pro-Fascist beliefs, and partly because she proved to be an UnreliableNarrator in her role [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Problem as the caretaker]] of Music/GustavMahler's legacy.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Alma Mahler Gropius Werfel is considered a controversial figure these days, partly because of her own self-confessed anti-Semitic and pro-Fascist beliefs, and partly because she proved to be an UnreliableNarrator in her role [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Problem as the caretaker]] of Music/GustavMahler's legacy.


* ShortLivedBigImpact: [[invoked]] The introduction to "Alma" discusses this. In particular, he mentions Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, noting that, by the time he was 37, as Lehrer was at the time of the album's release, Mozart had been dead for two years.



** "Smut" has {{Shout Out}}s to two classic works of erotic literature, ''Literature/FannyHill'' and ''Literature/LadyChatterleysLover''.

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** "Smut" has {{Shout Out}}s references to two classic works of erotic literature, ''Literature/FannyHill'' and ''Literature/LadyChatterleysLover''.


Of the agonizing holocaust.''

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Of the agonizing holocaust.'' (Yay!)''


-> Whatever became of Hubert? Has anyone heard a thing?\\

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-> --> Whatever became of Hubert? Has anyone heard a thing?\\

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* TheShortWar: "So Long Mom" envisages that WorldWarIII will be one.
-->I'll look for you when the war is over\\
An hour and a half from now!


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* VicePresidentWho: The theme of "Whatever Became of Hubert?", regarding UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson's VP Hubert Humphrey.
-> Whatever became of Hubert? Has anyone heard a thing?\\
Once he shone on his own\\
Now he sits home alone\\
And waits for the phone to ring
* WarIsGlorious: Done, tongue firmly in cheek, in "So Long Mom (A Song for World War III)".
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: "Send the Marines".
-->Fortunately, in times of crisis like this, America always has its number one instrument of diplomacy to fall back on...
* WordSchmord: In "Wernher von Braun":
-->Call him a Nazi, he won't even frown\\
"Ha, Nazi Schmazi," says Wernher von Braun

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