A Christmas Carol by Tom Lehrer (1959)

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    A Christmas Carol by Tom Lehrer (1959)

    One very familiar type of song is the christmas carol. although it is perhaps a bit out of season at this time. however, i'm informed by my "disk jockey" friends - of whom i have none,
    In order to get a song popular by christmas time, you have to start plugging it well in advance. so here goes. it has always seemed to me after all. that christmas, with its spirit of giving, o
    Us all a wonderful opportunity each year to reflect on what we all most sincerely and deeply believe in.

    I refer of course, to money. and yet none of the christmas carols that you hear on the radio or in the street, even attempt to capture the true spirit of christmas as we celebrate it in the unit
    Ates. that is to say the commercial spirit. so i should like to offer the following christmas carol for next year, as being perhaps a bit more appropriate.

    Christmas time is here, by golly,
    Disapproval would be folly,
    Deck the halls with hunks of holly,
    Fill the cup and don't say "when."
    Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens,
    Mix the punch, drag out the dickens,


    Even though the prospect sickens,
    Brother, here we go again.

    On christmas day you can't get sore,
    Your fellow man you must adore,
    There's time to rob him all the more
    The other three hundred and sixty-four.

    Relations, sparing no expense'll
    Send some useless old utensil,
    Or a matching pen and pencil.
    "just the thing i need! how nice!"
    It doesn't matter how sincere it
    Is, nor how heartfelt the spirit,
    Sentiment will not endear it,
    What's important is the price.

    Hark the herald tribune sings,
    Advertising wondrous things.
    God rest ye merry, merchants,
    May you make the yuletide pay.
    Angels we have heard on high
    Tell us to go out and buy!

    So let the raucous sleigh bells jingle,
    Hail our dear old friend kris kringle,
    Driving his reindeer across the sky.
    Don't stand underneath when they fly by.
    Actually i did rather well myself, this last christmas. the nicest present i received was a gift certificate "good at any hospital for a lobotomy". rather thoughtful.

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    Ahhhhh the memories!
    Tom Lehrer rocks!!!
    I need to get a record player and dig out those old albums!
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    How fondly I remember his Periodic Table song - to the tune of the Modern Major General!

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    Let's not forget his "musical tribute" ("Title Tune...which the people could hum.....) to Oedipus Rex.....True classic genius!!!
    ....and "maybe I better let it go at that".........!

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    Loved his stuff. I loved his album "That Was The Week That Was".

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangefinder View Post
    Loved his stuff. I loved his album "That Was The Week That Was".
    I was working the music lab at college back in the 70's, where people could pick out albums, sit at a desk with headphones and listen.

    One day, there were about 10 people listening quietly, and one person howling in hysterical laughter. It was like a Charles Addams cartoon. He was listening to "That Was The Year That Was".

    Great stuff, I have a CD collection now of all those dusty albums!
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    So how come nobody is writing classics like Sadomasichism Waltz, New Math, or Poisoning Pigeons In The Park anymore?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcp1810 View Post
    So how come nobody is writing classics like Sadomasichism Waltz, New Math, or Poisoning Pigeons In The Park anymore?
    Tom used up all the genius.....and there's no more to go around....!
    ("It just takes a smidgen...."):image035
    ....I think it's the "Masichism Tango"....Right tune...different "tempo".....

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