- "New Math", where Lehrer sets a basic arithmetic problem to music. Of particular note is when the audience winces at doing the problem in Base-8."Don't panic. Base-8 is like Base-10 really...if you're missing two fingers."
"Remember, the focus should be on what you're doing rather than getting the right answer."
- Remember also that Lehrer was a mathematician outside of his music, so this was probably some genuine frustration he was expressing here.
- "National Brotherhood Week" is, in some ways, a difficult song to listen to even today, but it's also difficult not to laugh at lines like:Oh the Protestants hate the Catholics
And the Catholics hate the Protestants
And the Hindus hate the Muslims
And everybody hates the Jews!
- Most of "Wernher von Braun", but especially:Don't say that he's hypocritical
Say rather that he's apolitical
"Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?
That's not my department," says Wernher von Braun.
- "The Vatican Rag". For example:Get in line in that processional
Step into that small confessional
There the guy who's got religion'll
Tell you if your sin's original
- Also, the intro — "I have a modest example here..." Tom Lehrer's never provided a "modest" example of anything in his life and his audience knows it.
- Heck, the audience goes to pieces the very instant he announces the title!
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