Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tom Lehrer On Success

Some men set the bar very high; some set it low. And some men sit in the bar, penning musical satire instead of drinking:

"Lehrer has said of his musical career, 'If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend, or perhaps to strike a loved one, it will all have been worth the while.'"


Tsk. He never said that.


D.W. Drang said...

Classic Lehrer.

I love the story of him inventing jello shots so he can sneak booze into the company Christmas party, which was inside "The Box."
(The Wikipedia article notes his rank "despite having a Masters" as an incongruity; in actuality, it was not all that uncommon for a draftee, especially one in the Army Security Agency, to have an advanced degree. A draftee wore the uniform for all of two years, unlike an officer.)

Bubblehead Les. said...

OMG! Tom Lehrer! He's still alive? Lord, there must be like, at least 50-60 of us in the U.S. who Knows of this Great American Artist. Damn! Wish I had the money to break 2 of my Golden Rules (Never Fly on Commercial Airlines Again and Never Go to California Again) just to buy the old man a drink to show my appreciation for his work. ...."and We're Poisoning Pigeons in the Park!" : )

George said...

"When the rockets go up, who know WHERE they'll come down?" "That's not my department.", said Werner von Braun

Ed Foster said...

Get into that long processional, climb into that small confessional

There the man who's got religion will tell you if your sin's original...

Passengers will please refain from using toilets while the train

is standing in the station...

I am humbled to discover that Mr. Lehrer is still among us. Bless you Ma'am.

Ken said...

While we're attacking frontally
Watch Brinkally and Huntally
Describing contrapuntally the cities we have lost
I'll wait for you when the war is over--
An hour and a half from now