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Happy Reformation Day! (Or How to Lose A Blogwar)

October 31, 2006

This is hilarious.

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  1. October 31, 2006 3:20 pm

    That’s great!

  2. egana permalink
    October 31, 2006 3:52 pm

    I’m not in the know enough to get all the jokes… but it seems pretty catchy when sung aloud!

  3. October 31, 2006 4:21 pm

    OK, this link is just for CEFC folks:

  4. October 31, 2006 4:28 pm

    that link doesn’t seem to work

  5. October 31, 2006 4:32 pm

    It should work if you have RealPlayer or Quicktime installed–but if not, try these, in order:

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  6. November 1, 2006 8:30 am

    thank you for that, EN. :)

  7. fruittart permalink
    November 1, 2006 8:51 am

    EN: thanks for sharing that [insert Lily Tomlin or Carol Burnett laughter]

  8. November 2, 2006 8:30 am

    Bob S. sent an audio file as well:

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  9. November 2, 2006 10:18 am

    Tom Lehrer was hilarious. My favorites of his were ‘The Periodic Table of the Elements’ (a must for any chemistry major) and ‘Poisoning Pigeons in the Park’. The folks at JibJab are the closest to his satire these days.

  10. November 2, 2006 10:27 am

    This morning I haven’t been able to get “National Brotherhood Week” out of my head.

    Here’s the words of Tom Lehrer introducing his own song…

    “During National Brotherhood Week various special events are arranged to drive home the message of brotherhood. This year, for example, on the first day of the week Malcolm X was killed which gives you an idea of how effective the whole thing is. I’m sure we all agree that we ought to love one another and I know there are people in the world that do not love their fellow human beings and I hate people like that. Here’s a song about National Brotherhood Week.

    Oh, the white folks hate the black folks,
    And the black folks hate the white folks.
    To hate all but the right folks
    Is an old established rule.

    But during National Brotherhood Week, National Brotherhood Week,
    Lena Horne and Sheriff Clarke are dancing cheek to cheek.
    It’s fun to eulogize
    The people you despise,
    As long as you don’t let ’em in your school.

    Oh, the poor folks hate the rich folks,
    And the rich folks hate the poor folks.
    All of my folks hate all of your folks,
    It’s American as apple pie.

    But during National Brotherhood Week, National Brotherhood Week,
    New Yorkers love the Puerto Ricans ’cause it’s very chic.
    Step up and shake the hand
    Of someone you can’t stand.
    You can tolerate him if you try.

    Oh, the Protestants hate the Catholics,
    And the Catholics hate the Protestants,
    And the Hindus hate the Moslems,
    And everybody hates the Jews.

    But during National Brotherhood Week, National Brotherhood Week,
    It’s National Everyone-smile-at-one-another-hood Week.
    Be nice to people who
    Are inferior to you.
    It’s only for a week, so have no fear.
    Be grateful that it doesn’t last all year!”

  11. egana permalink
    November 2, 2006 12:32 pm

    True confessions: my parents taped their Tom Lehrer records, and we used to listen to them adn sing along on long family car trips. I have almost every one memorized, and they tend to try to insert themselves into polite conversation…

    I think these lyrics are pretty darned funny… but you lose the inflection and style of the vocal perfomrance…

    another true confession: I have been humming “The Vatican Rag” to myself recently, after reading the Reformation Polka.

    excerpt from the final stanza:

    “wear a cross on your abdomen…
    when in Rome do like the Romans…
    Ave Maria! Gee it’s good to see ya!
    doin’ the Vativan – gettin’ dramatican-
    doin the Vatican Raa-aa-ag!”

    you MUST imagine a plinky-plinky rag-time piano in the background, or the song just doesn’t work…

    I would be happy to sing the song for you sometime, so you can get the full effect…

    or you can google it and get more info than you really wanted in the first place…

  12. egana permalink
    November 2, 2006 12:33 pm

    Oh man I just found a link where you can hear it just like we used to in the car! Go check it out, its great!

  13. egana permalink
    November 2, 2006 12:48 pm

    After a little research, looks like the album my parents liked the most (and thusly we listened to the most) was ‘That Was the Year That Was.” I laughed out loud jsut looking at the song list. *grin*

  14. egana permalink
    November 2, 2006 1:20 pm

    welll… it looks liek it pays to read ALL the comments before one does any further comments… I didn’t read EN’s comments… yikes! Or fruity’s, or lost of others, I jsut saw isaiah543’s at in Gorf’s CEFC blogs RSS feed thing..

    anyway, go ahead and delete them… sigh…

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