And now for another* edition of Name That Tom Lehrer Song

Name That Tom Lehrer Song

Sunday afternoon in Sydney Park.

*OK, strictly speaking there has never been a previous edition of NTTLS.

P.S. If you know it please just provide the initials to prolong the suspense for those who don’t.



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  1. Damn. Now I’m wishing that I’d gone with “A Page from the Illustrated Tom Lehrer” as the post title.
    Ain’t l’esprit d’escalier grand?
    (ETA: Ha! I changed the title on my Flickr PhotoStream at least)

  2. PPITP, of course!
    TimT’s last blog post..Move along here, nothing to see

  3. “It just takes a smidgen”
    Paul Tomblin’s last blog post..Successories

  4. *hands Tim and Paul a coated peanut each*

  5. From the top:
    “Spring is here, spring is here!
    Life is skittles, life is beer!”

  6. Hah; I wonder if this was the source of that famous Don Martin cartoon?

  7. “We’ve gained notoriety, and caused much anxiety…”
    saorla’s last blog post..Mutilated for being late back to the office

  8. Haven’t listened to Tom Lehrer for a while now, but I still remember giggling like a school girl over that one.
    Mindy’s last blog post..You know you want to…

  9. All the world seems in tune on a spring afternoon when you’re PTPITP!

  10. Oops, got an extra T in there, but you know what I meant.

  11. In a little known piece of Lehrer-ana, my oldest brother, a Queensland Uni student when Tom Lehrer visited Brisbane in the late 1950s, was enlisted with two of his friends to stage a kidnapping of the distinguished visitor as a publicity stunt. The three boys compliantly grabbed him as he emerged from his taxi and bundled him into their car. It turned out that Lehrer wasn’t privy to the plan and was first terrified and then furious. They managed to explain themselves and the matter was sorted, leaving my brother’s enthusiasm for the great man in no way diminished. I bet you didn’t know abut that.

  12. Thanks for reminding me I’ve must transfer my 10 inch vinyl copy to MP3 (yep, 10 inch 33rpm ones did exist), and my scores to MIDI. And tigtog, thanks HEAPS for the link to the Tom Lehrer Wisdom.
    OK, I wonder if xkcd and Lehrer fandoms correlate, given your posts over the last couple of days.
    Dave Bath’s last blog post..H5N1: Politicians and people just don?t get it

  13. Goodness, I might run out of coated peanuts!
    The great man turns 80 next week on April 9, so if anyone was in the mood to send a mash note to a mathematician you’ve got a really good excuse.
    I love this section in the Wikipedia article (which has an excellent assortment of links at the end):

    Reviews selected by Lehrer for his liner notes
    * “Mr. Lehrer’s muse is not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste.” — New York Times (9 February 1959)
    * “More desperate than amusing” — New York Herald Tribune
    * “He seldom has any point to make except obvious ones” — Christian Science Monitor
    * “Plays the piano acceptably” — Oakland Tribune

  14. They call it impiety and lack of propriety and quite a variety of unpleasant names.
    liz’s last blog post..Earth hour

  15. Dave Bath:

    OK, I wonder if xkcd and Lehrer fandoms correlate, given your posts over the last couple of days.

    I’m pretty sure that Lehrer would chortle at zombie Feynman.
    Jonathan Shaw:

    a little known piece of Lehrer-ana

    That’s a marvellous story. Thanks!

  16. If everybody who has quoted snippets of lyrics has done so from memory, I’m especially impressed!
    I find more and more that I need to google half-remembered lyrics as a general rule in order to get them right. Is this an age-related memory effect, or simply a loss of memory training because retrieving data from teh intarwebs is what we all do now?

  17. And just as a change, have a story inspired by the song in question:
    Spuh-ring is Here
    (Warnings: fanfic, based in the world of Robert Rodriguez’s “Mariachi” series.)
    Meg Thornton’s last blog post..Things wot I have done today

  18. When they see us coming, the birdies all try-and-hide; but they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide…
    Oh, and
    We’ll murder them all, amidst laughter and merriment –
    except for the few we take home to experiment!
    Damn you, tigtog, now I’ve got that tune stuck in my head.
    Jeremy’s last blog post..Courts cannot revive the dead

  19. Following a trackback wot we webmasters get to see behind the scenes, I can now inform you all that there is a Tom Lehrer Music Community on Livejournal, who picked up on Jonathon Shaw’s piece of Lehrer-ana as a previously unknown anecdote.
    Hurrah!

  20. if anyone was in the mood to send a mash note to a mathematician you’ve got a really good excuse.

    Eeeek! I don’t dare!
    Christine’s last blog post..The Lehrer Lore Spreadeth ~ and it’s partially the eppylover’s fault. *snerk*

  21. here is a Tom Lehrer Music Community on Livejournal, who picked up on Jonathon Shaw’s piece of Lehrer-ana

    Fame (sort of!) for my late brother at last. His youngest daughter told me yesterday that even she hadn’t heard that story, and my brother is no longer here to check the details.

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