Prescient song

Do you remember the Kingston Trio’s song Merry Minuet? I always liked its mordant humor. I’m reprinting the song here, with a few out-and-out changes (highlighted and hyperlinked), as well as hyperlinks to original text that’s aged presciently.

They’re rioting in Europe.
They’re cowards in Spain.
There’s hurricanes in Florida
and Texas needs rain.

The whole world is festering with unhappy souls.
The French hate the Germans.
The Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs.
South Africans hate the Dutch
and I don’t like anybody very much!

But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud
for man’s been endowed with a mushroom shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day
Jong Il will set the spark off and we will all be blown away.

They’re rioting in Europe.
There’s strife in Iran.
What nature doesn’t do to us will be done by our fellow man.

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  • jau

    Now I know you’re good, BW. I adore – and often quote and/or sing this whenever there is an opportunity or excuse. I thought it was Tom Lehrer, though. No?!

  • Trish

    No, it’s the Kingston Trio.

  • Ymarsakar

    On the Isle of Wight an investigation was under way last night after a Muslim prisoner at Parkhurst claimed a warder had defaced his copy of the Koran.

    While Rome burns, the MSM plays the lute, and harp, harp, harp.

    The mainstream of waste disposal pipes continues fowards, it seems.

    Isn’t psychological warfare so cute when little Kimmy does it? And so mean, deceptive, and dirty when the US does it?

  • Ymarsakar

    In case my point isn’t clear, while the Mainstream waste disposal media reports that 20 Asian gangs beat up on a defenseless woman and girl, the only Muslim atrocities they report are the Muslims “complaining” about their Korans and things thrown into their mosques. Makes one side look a bit more rational, don’t you think.

    Old school tactics. People have been doing that ever since commercials, and perhaps even before then. But at least commercials don’t pretend to be FOR their products and their competitor’s. They are honest about their biases, if you notice how Comcast Cable vs Satellite commercials work.

  • Anna

    I’ll have to remind my Dad about that song. He’s a big Kingston Trio fan, but between working for the fire crews and then coming out here, I doubt he’s listened to much music.

  • Al

    I had originally thought the Merry Minute was a Tom Lehrer
    song too. Does anyone remember the Lehrer effort entitled
    “Whose Next?” BW, it would be interesting to see what you could do with that.