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Fri Mar 23, 2018, 10:21 AM

In honor of John Bolton's appointment - a Tom Lehrer revival!

In another thread I posted Tom Lehrer's We Will All Go Together When We Go but then I realized that Lehrer had many songs that are appropriate to the danger that having Bolton in the Trump White House poses to us today. Lehrer wrote and performed his songs in the 1960s while the Cold War was at its height. I was in high school then and many of us thought we would not live to be adults.

Here we go, a revival of the amusing nihilist side of Tom Lehrer:











And to end on a positive note:

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Reply In honor of John Bolton's appointment - a Tom Lehrer revival! (Original post)
csziggy Mar 2018 OP
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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2018, 11:06 AM

1. Leher will be 90 on April 9, the day Bolton starts

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Response to unc70 (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 23, 2018, 11:10 AM

2. That is significant in an ironic way

My husband's father introduced him to Tom Lehrer when he was a kid. The chances are that the family leaned about him from my husband's uncle who worked at Los Alamos about the same time Lehrer did, though my husband is not sure.

Here is a blurb about my husband's favorite Lehrer song:

In 2013, Lehrer recalled the studio session for "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," which referred to the practice of controlling pigeons in Boston with strychnine-treated corn:[23]

"The copyist arrived at the last minute with the parts and passed them out to the band... And there was no title on it, and there was no lyrics. And so they ran through it, 'what a pleasant little waltz'... And the engineer said, '"Poisoning Pigeons in the Park,' take one," and the piano player said, '"What?"' and literally fell off the stool."[24]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Lehrer#Recordings


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Fri Mar 23, 2018, 12:42 PM

3. k and r with thanks

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