In German, oder Englisch, I know how to count down
… und I’m learning Korean, says Wernher von Braun.
Scratch swine flu off your list — we’re still all going to die, but now
We will all go together when we go
All suffused with an incandescent glow
No one will have the endurance
to collect on his insurance
Lloyd’s of Llondon will be lloaded when they go.
Who better to comment on the latest media hype than Tom Lehrer?
One of the big news items of the past year concerned the fact that China, which we called “Red China,” exploded a nuclear bomb, which we called a device. Then Indonesia announced that it was going to have one soon, and proliferation became the word of the day. Here’s a song about that:
First we got the bomb, and that was good,
‘Cause we love peace and motherhood.
Then Russia got the bomb, but that’s okay,
‘Cause the balance of power’s maintained that way.
Last week the media hyped the missing link: the week before that it was, um, what was it again? And the week before that it was swine flu.
Now they are telling us on TV who’s within range of the North Korean bombs. But all the people who are complaining loudest are hanging on to theirs.
Tom Lehrer sang another song about National Brotherhood Week.
How about we call this international hypocrisy week?