I'd like to introduce now the featured artist of this page.
I'm sure that you'll all agree without any hesitation that Tom Lehrer is the
most brilliant creative genius that America has produced in almost 200 years,
so perhaps a few words of biographical background might not be amiss.
Endowed by nature with perhaps the most glorious baritone voice to be heard
on an American stage since the memorable concert debut in 1835 of Millard
Fillmore; endowed also with twelve incredibly agile fingers; Mr. Lehrer has
had a long and varied career in the field of entertainment starting with
nine years at Harvard University... where it was that he first decided to
devote his life to what has since become a rather successful scientific
project -- namely, the attempt to prolong adolescence beyond all previous
Even before he came to Harvard, however, he was well known in academic circles for his masterly translation into Latin of The Wizard of Oz, which remains even today the standard Latin version of that work. A few years ago he was inducted... forcibly... into the United States Army and spent most of his indenture in Washington as sort of Army liaison to the Office of Naval Contemplation. About his service record he is justifiably modest, but it is known that in a short time he rose to the rank of brigadier general. However, before he could acquire a tenure, he was discharged, and owing to nepotism and intrigue, he emerged with only the rank of specialist 3rd class, which was roughly equivalent to the rank of corporal without portfolio.
But to return to his career in show business: for several years he toured vaudeville theaters with an act consisting of impressions of people in the last throes of various diseases. I'm sure that many of you here tonight still recall with pleasure his memorable diphtheria imitation. He is generally acknowledged to be the dean of living American composers, and is currently working on a musical comedy based on the life of Adolf Hitler.
Without further ado: Tom Lehrer!
Tom Lehrer is a comedian who has found a large group of fans all over the world, but embarrassingly few good webpages. This page is supposed to be pretty good. I even manage to update it from time to time. Thanks to everybody who's been sending me e-mail. I really appreciate it!
It's actually not bad. Full lyrics, including the texts for the intros. Neat MIDI files by Glenn Vallen, a wwwboard, and a few decent links. I used to put up announcements and stuff here, but I decided to stick 'em on the forum from now on instead, so go check it out.
All lyrics were ripped from various pages on the 'net. I'm afraid I've lost anything about the original transcribers. The MIDI sound files were done by Glenn Vallen. The rest is pretty much all my own work. Feel free to copy/rip/whatever it. It would be nice if you could give credit though. (Yeah, I'm being a hypocrit here, go sue me.)
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