The genius of Tom Lehrer, and any related writers.

Reply Fri 1 Dec, 2017 05:15 pm
I love Tom Lehrer. He was a mathematics professor who gained fame by writing and performing satirical songs in the 1960s. His songs are satire at its best and his wordplay is unparalleled. I realize I have inserted some of his songs in thread here (as they are often appropriate. I figure I might as well start a Tom Lehrer Thread.

Stories of tortures
Used by debauchers
Lurid, licentious, and vile
Make me smile
Novels that pander
To my taste for candor
Give me a pleasure sublime
(Let's face it, I love slime.)

All books can be indecent books
Though recent books are bolder
For filth (I'm glad to say) is in
The mind of the beholder
When correctly viewed
Everything is lewd
(I could tell you things about Peter Pan
And the Wizard of Oz, there's a dirty old man!)

Read more: Tom Lehrer - Smut Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Reply Fri 1 Dec, 2017 05:21 pm
Another one of my favorites

First you get down on your knees,
Fiddle with your rosaries,
Bow your head with great respect,
And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!

Do whatever steps you want, if
You have cleared them with the pontiff.
Everybody say his own
Kyrie eleison,
Doin' the vatican rag.

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.
If it is, try playin' it safer,
Drink the wine and chew the wafer,
Two, four, six, eight,
Time to transubstantiate!
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Reply Fri 1 Dec, 2017 05:36 pm
Thanks, I love Tom Lehrer. All together now---And we will all go together when we go. Every Hottentot and every Eskimo. When the world becomes uranious, we will all go simultaneous. Yes we all will go together when we go. Yes, we'll all fry together when we fry. We'll be French fried potatoes by and by.

That's as much as I remember off the top of my head.

Edit: I went and got the video.

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Reply Fri 1 Dec, 2017 11:38 pm
Tom Lehrer also wrote the world's only honest love song... the bridge in the middle is pure genius!

Since I still appreciate you
Let's find love while we may
Because I know I'll hate you
When you are old and grey

So say you love me here and now
I'll make the most of that
Say you love and trust me
For I know you'll disgust me
When you're old and getting fat!

An awful debility
A lessened utility
A loss of mobility
Is a strong possibility
In all probability
I'll lose my virility
And you your fertility
And desirability
And this liability
Of total sterility
Will leed to hostility
And a sense of.. futility
So let's act with agility
While we still have facility
For we'll soon reach senility
And lose the ability

Your teeth will start to go dear
Your waist will start to spread
In twenty years or so dear
I'll wish that you were dead

I'll never love you then at all
The way I do today
So please remember
When I leave in December
I told you so in May
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Reply Sat 2 Dec, 2017 01:43 am
On the subject of 'related writers' I would cite Flanders and Swan. Here's an example if you have never heard them.
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Reply Wed 6 Dec, 2017 04:13 pm
learn the periodic table with tom.

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