Sunday, April 2, 1995
ammended Sunday, August 20, 1995
Jeff Morris (
[Where accent marks were needed, they were placed immediately preceding the
letter over which they belong, such as ma~nana is really manana with a tilde
over the n.]

For a man with only approximately 40 released songs to his name, Tom Lehrer has had quite a large amount of different performances out there. This document is an effort to gather all of the significant lyrical changes that have been evident in these various recordings and publications.

In doing so, it was necessary to chose a base against which to compare the lyrics, and I have chosen the versions of the songs that are currently available on Warner Brothers Compact Disc (and, I believe, cassette). The lyrics to those three CD's are available from the FAQ server (the ultimate origin of this document as well) on the World-Wide Web at or by sending e-mail to with a subject line of:

LYRICS: LEHRER.REVISITED   (for lyrics to Tom Lehrer Revisited)
LYRICS: LEHRER.WASTED      (for lyrics to An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer)
LYRICS: LEHRER.TW3         (for lyrics to That Was The Year That Was)
LYRICS: LEHRER.MISC        (for miscellaneous non-album and unreleased tracks)

If you've come this far, you may also be interested in the LEHRER.DISCO document available from the same place. It is a discography of Tom's records and related recordings. To get it, check out the same WWW site, or mail with a subject line of LEHRER.DISCO to the above address.

Now, on with the business at hand... I have used abbreviations throughout to make the descriptions more concise. Here then are the various sources of alternate lyrics, and their corresponding abbreviations. For brevity, I refer only to American releases here, unless there were none. See the LEHRER.DISCO file for releases in other countries.

For song set #1:

SB1 -
The original 10" (and later 12") _Songs By Tom Lehrer_ on Lehrer Records. This was recorded and released in 1953.
SB2 -
The 1966 re-recording of _Songs By Tom Lehrer_ on Warner/Reprise Records. There are several telling lyrical changes on this album that Tom later regretted making, thus later publications do not feature them.
The Australian album _Tom Lehrer Discovers Australia (And Vice Versa)_. Why, you may ask, did you choose REVIS-A to indicate that? Because that album is the equivalent of the _Tom Lehrer Revisited_ album, except that all of the performances are from his spring, 1960 tour of Australia. Before I knew of this album's existence, I had used REVIS-A to indicate the American version of _Tom Lehrer Revisited_, whose second side features half of the recordings that are on this Australian album.
The British version of _Tom Lehrer Revisited_. This contains the same set of songs as above, but the entire performance was recorded at MIT in Cambridge, MA, in November, 1959. This is the version which is on CD, and against which the others from this set are compared.

For song set #2:

The _An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer_ album, originally on Lehrer Records in 1959, in mono and true stereo. It was re-released on Warner/Reprise in 1966 (following the success of the _That Was The Year That Was_ album, which reached the top 20 on the Billboard album charts) in mono and a fake, echoed stereo. (For a possible explanation of why they created a fake stereo version rather than using the true stereo mix, see the LEHRER.DISCO file.) This fake stereo mix is also what was originally on CD, but the CD was later remastered to use the true mono mix. The songs in this set are compared against this recording.
The _More Of Tom Lehrer_ album, Lehrer Records, 1959. This is probably Tom's rarest album. It contains the same set of songs as WASTED, but is a studio recording rather than live, thus you do not get the spoken intros. The performance on this album is almost identical to that on the above album, and it sounds sort of like a rehearsal for his then-upcoming tour. Since it was recorded around the same time as WASTED, this is understandable (as opposed to the three wholly different versions of song set #1, which were recorded 6 to 7 years apart).

For song set #3:

TW3 -
Performances of his songs on the television show "That Was The Week That Was", which aired on NBC from January 10, 1964, to May 4, 1965. He wrote these songs specifically for the TV show, but did not perform on the show. They were performed by various cast members, often Nancy Ames. Not (unfortunately) having access to the entire set of shows of TW3, I have had to rely on the excerpts that are on a Radiola release entitled _That Was "That Was The Week That Was"_, thus there were lyrical differences on this show than are noted here.
The _That Was The Year That Was_ album, Warner/Reprise, 1966. Tom said that the TW3 people would often cut his best lines from the songs, so he decided to do this record to put the songs back the way they belonged. This is on CD, and is the standard against which songs from this set are compared.
EC -
Song recorded for the PBS television "Electric Company" show.

Things which span more than one set of songs:

The orchestral recordings of four of Tom's songs. "Poisoning Pigeons In The Park" and "The Masochism Tango" were released together as a single on Capricorn Records in 1960 to promote the More Of/Evening Wasted albums. Also recorded at these sessions, but never released, are orchestral versions of "The Hunting Song" and "We Will All Go Together When We Go". Tom was kind enough to give copies of these to Dr. Demento during an interview in 1991, and they have been heard on his show.
The original cast album of the "Tomfoolery" revue, as released in 1980 in England on MMT Records. For the most part, the introductions on this album were, adapted from Tom's introductions on his records. Differences in the intros are many, but have not been noted here. Only differences in the song lyrics themselves have been noted.
The libretto to "Tomfoolery" as found in the book _Tomfoolery: The Words And Music Of Tom Lehrer / Adapted By Cameron Mackintosh And Robin Ray_, published by S. French, 1986.
Lyrics as published in the book _Too Many Songs By Tom Lehrer with not enough drawings by Ronald Searle_, Pantheon, 1981. There are a total of six songs on Tom's regular albums that are unexplainedly not included in this book, and that is noted on these.
The aforementioned book includes the sheet music to most of the songs, and has a short phrase at the top of each explaining how one is to play it. Typical styles listed on piano music would be "freely", "brightly", "not fast", etc. Tom's are a bit more warped, as you shall see.
I found an extra verse to "The Irish Ballad" on ftp from in /pub/music/lyrics/l/lehrer.tom/rickety_tickety_tin. The origin of this extra verse is not given. If anyone knows, please let me know.
-> -
This arrow is used to show that a previous line or lines has been changed on this version to the following line or lines. For example, "I Wanna Go Back To Dixie" (REVIS-B) says:
    And the honeysuckle clutters up the vine.
  ->And the jasmine and the tear gas smell just fine.
This indicates that where REVIS-B uses the line "And the honeysuckle clutters up the vine.", SB2 uses "And the jasmine and the tear gas smell just fine."

And now, without further ado, Tom Lehrer...

"I Wanna Go Back To Dixie" (REVIS-B)
STYLE: A little too fast

  And the honeysuckle clutters up the vine.
->And the jasmine and the tear gas smell just fine.

  To go home and start a-mixin'
->To go back where there's no mixin'

  I wanna go back to Dixie,
  I wanna be a Dixie pixie
  And eat corn pone till it's comin' outta my ears.
->I wanna start relaxin'
->Down in Birmin'ham or Jackson.
->When we're havin' fun, why, no one interferes.

  Oh, poll tax,
  How I love ya, how I love ya,
  My dear ol' poll tax.
->Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton,
->Old times there were really rotton
->Look away, look away, look away, look a-
->Way down upon the Swanee River, yeah (do-dah, do-dah)
->Mint juleps will destroy your liver.

The three lines about poll tax which were changed in CAST are totally omitted

"The Wild West Is Where I Want To Be" (REVIS-B)
STYLE: Westerly

SB1 & SB2:
On both of these issues, the song is referred to as simply "The Wild West"
on the record label, but the jacket gives the full title.

The spoken intro here is significantly different from that on REVIS-B, so
here is the complete intro.
  I should like to insert a small footnote at this point to the effect that I
  shall be singing these songs in the original American, but I will attempt
  to explain them briefly in English as I go along.  However, some of them
  may get a bit too American in spots, so that some of you may be on rather a
  sticky wicket when it comes to these.  We had hoped to provide a glossary
  of terms, but this was found to be economically unfeasible, so if you do
  find you have some difficulty in understanding, I suggest perhaps the best
  thing to do would be to drop a note to the American Embassy in Canberra,
  and I'm sure they'll be delighted to assist you.
  Failing that, though, if there is any difficulty in comprehension, I would
  suggest that you approach this evening's performance in the same spirit as
  you would, say, a performance of a Wagner opera in German, namely, that the
  sheer overwhelming beauty of the music precludes the necessity for
  understanding exactly what's going on.
  If I may indulge in a bit of personal history at this point, a few years
  ago I worked for a while for the Atomic Energy Commission, known
  affectionately as the A.E.C., at the Los Alamos scientific laboratory in
  New Mexico.  I had a job there as a spy.  No, I expect you know that the
  staff out there at that time was composed almost exclusively of spies...of
  one persuasion or another.  And, as some of you may know, New Mexico is in
  the heart of the gun smoke and wagon train district, although in recent
  years, the area has been used for testing of somewhat more refined weapons
  than those used in the old westerns, and nowadays a security clearance is a
  more valuable thing to have than a shootin' iron.
  So to commemorate that delightful metamorphosis, here is a modern cowboy
  ballad called "The Wild West Is Where I Wanna Be".

"The Old Dope Peddler" (REVIS-B)
STYLE: Wistfully

The spoken intro here is significantly different from that on REVIS-B, so
here is the complete intro.
  I mentioned before that there is no direct Australian counterpart to that
  type of song, and in pointing out these differences between the American
  and Australian "cultures", I should add that I have been surprised at how
  similar the American and Australian ways of life are.  I hope you won't
  take offense at that.  Some countries do, you know.
  But, naturally there are many basic differences.  For example, in Boston,
  Massachusetts, on the outskirts of which I live and which is one of the
  oldest cities in the United States, it is considered a matter of great
  pride for one to be able to claim that he is descended from the original
  settlers.  Such, I gather, is not the case here.
  But, while I'm on this general subject, I should be frank and say that
  there are many respects in which you are definitely years behind us.  For
  example, your divorce rate, your juvenile delinquency rate, your mental
  illness rate are all shockingly low compared to ours, and I do feel that
  you will have to put your shoulders to the wheel if you intend to catch up
  to our degree of civilization.
  You're probably familiar with songs the old lamplighter and the old dream
  collector and the old garbage collector and all these lovable old
  characters that go around spreading sweetness and light to their respective
  communities.  But, it's always seemed to me that there is one member of
  this happy band who does an equally fine job, but who has never been
  properly celebrated in song or story, and this is an attempt to remedy, at
  least in part, that deplorable situation.

The title here is listed as "The Old Dope Pedlar".

"Fight Fiercely, Harvard" (REVIS-B)
STYLE: Loyally

On this release, the song title is listen without a comma.

The spoken intro here is significantly different from that on REVIS-B, so
here is the complete intro.
  This might be as good a moment as any to insert a small commercial for some
  recordings I have made of some of these songs, which are carried by most of
  the less scrupulous record shops throughout Australia.  If your own
  favorite record dealer does not have them, I suggest you simply...belt him
  one right in the teeth.
  These recordings were designed, actually, for those discriminating few in
  each community to whom quality is no object.  But, there is one difficulty
  with them, I should be frank with you.  They are, unfortunately,
  unbreakable.  However, we have a vast research staff at work on this very
  problem even now as I address you here, and we hope to make them, in time,
  if not breakable, at least soluble in water.
  So much for the commercial.
  Now we come to a peculiar type of American song known as the football fight
  song.  I'm not going to attempt to explain to you the American game of
  football.  That particular bit of Americana has never been satisfactorily
  explained to me.  But, I will go so far as to say that, although you do
  have a game here which is roughly comparable to our football, at least in
  the sense that it is equally pointless, you do not, I believe, have any
  counterpart to our football fight song.  And it is with that aspect of the
  problem that I propose to deal.
  Many years ago during my undergraduacy, there used to be these long, long
  Saturday afternoons in the autumn, with nothing to do, the library was
  closed, just waiting around for the cocktail parties to begin.  And some of
  us used to wonder over to the, I believe it was called the stadium, to see
  what might be going on there.  And, on occasions like this, one did come to
  realize that the football fight songs which one hears in comparable
  American stadia have a tendency to be somewhat uncouth, and even violent,
  and that it would be refreshing, to say the least, to find one that was a
  bit more genteel.  And here it is, dedicated to my own alma mater, and
  called "Fight Fiercely, Harvard".

Here, the song's title has an exclamation point at the end.

"Lobachevsky" (REVIS-B)
This original recording includes the line "What I'm going to do?" immediately
after the "This I know from nothing" line.
  With Brigitte Bardot playing part of hypotenuse.
->With Ingrid Bergman playing part of hypotenuse.

  With Brigitte Bardot playing part of hypotenuse.
->With Doris Day playing part of hypotenuse.

At the Russian double-talk sections, a footnote is referenced:
**At each of these two junctures one should insert some phrase in Russian (if
  the audience does not speak Russian) or some Russian double-talk (if it
  does).  The author's own choices varied from performance to performance,
  ranging from the merely inappropriate to the distinctly obscene.
However, in all three recordings I have heard of Tom doing this, it sounds
like he uses the same lines.  I assume it is double-talk, but I don't know.
Does anyone know if this is real Russian, and if so can you give me a
Also, the lyrics consistently use "Hi!" where I have used "Oy!" in my
transcription.  It sounds like the latter to me, but perhaps it is really the
former with an accent.
Finally, these lyrics use the original line about Ingrid Bergman playing the
part of the hypotenuse, as shown above for SB1.

"The Irish Ballad" (REVIS-B)
STYLE: Authentically

This song is listed as simply "Irish Ballad" on this record.

The following verse is inserted between the "And when at last the police came
by" verse and the "My tragic tale I won't prolong" verse.
  And just one thing before I go
  Sing rickety tickety tin
  And just one thing before I go
  There's something I think that you ought to know
  They had no proof, so they let her go
  And they say that she's tall and thin, and thin
  They say that she's tall and thin.

"The Hunting Song" (REVIS-B)
STYLE: Blithely

The spoken intro here is significantly different from that on REVIS-B, so
here is the complete intro.
  Although you do go in for hunting in Australia, you do not, I believe,
  practice the peculiar form of deer hunting in which we engage in the
  States, which goes roughly as follows:
  These "deer hunters" put on bright red hats and go out and attempt to shoot
  deer.  If they succeed in this, they tie them to the sides and the front
  and the tops of their cars, and drive them home.  What they do with them
  when they get them home I have not been able to ascertain.  I suspect that
  some sort of primitive sacrament is involved.
  But, anyway, that's the way it's supposed to work in theory.  But actually,
  during the hunting season, you see, almost every day, at least one item in
  the newspapers about somebody who has shot someone else, under the
  impression, presumably, that he was a deer with a bright red hat, or,
  possibly, a large flesh-colored squirrel.  But, it seems to me that this
  marks an encouraging new trend in a grand old sport, and deserves a new
  type of hunting song, which I present herewith.

After going through all the words once, the last two stanzas (from "The law
was very firm" on) are repeated.
There is a sound effect of a gunshot and a man saying "ugh" as if shot
after the "you shoot" line both times around.

"My Home Town" (REVIS-B)
STYLE: Nostalgically

  (We're recording tonight, so I'll have to leave this line out.)
->(I guess I'd better leave this line out just to be on the safe side.)

  (We're recording tonight, so I'll have to leave this line out.)
->(Shall I?  No, I think I better not.)

  (We're recording tonight, so I'll have to leave this line out.)

Before the verse
  That fellow was no fool
  Who taught our Sunday School,
  And neither was our kindly Parson Brown --
  In my home town.
there is a note stating "The following verse is optional.*", and there is
a footnote at the bottom of the page which says "*As is, indeed, the entire

About this line which Tom always leaves out: He claims that there never was a
line there, and that he figures people can make up their own lines which
would be nastier than anything he would've sung.  It has been speculated that
the line should have something to do with the Sunday School teacher and
Parson Brown fooling around.  Another proposed line is:
  Then came the news of what he used to do with boys
  In my home town.

"When You Are Old And Grey" (REVIS-B)
STYLE: Liltingly

American releases of this song have been spelled "When You Are Old And Gray",
while British releases have been spelled "When You Are Old And Grey".

The spoken intro here is slightly different from that on REVIS-B, so
here is the complete intro.  It appears on REVIS-A after "The Old Dope
Peddler", and the first paragraph in this intro is the same as the first
paragraph on the REVIS-B transcription after "The Old Dope Peddler", so it
may be regarded as an outro to that, rather than an intro to this.
  I realize it's very bad form to quote from one's own reviews, but I would
  like to mention something that the New York Times said about me once which
  I have always treasured.  They said, "Mr. Lehrer's muse is not fettered by
  such inhibiting factors as...taste."  But, enough of former triumphs.
  I'd like to turn again to the love song, and illustrate the type of love
  song in which the fellow informs the girl that, although the years ahead
  will almost certainly destroy every vestige of her already dubious charms,
  that nonetheless his love for her will shine on forever through the years,
  you know.  Another example of stark realism in the popular song.
  This particular example is called "When You Are Old And Gray", and I'd like
  to dedicate it to anyone in the audience who is still in love with each

After the "And lose the ability" line, the following part is added:
  While enjoying our compatibility,
  I am cognisant of its fragility,
  And I question the advisability
  Of relying on its durability.
  You're aware of my inflexibility
  And my quintessential volatility
  And the total inconceivability
  Of my showing genuine humility.
  Though your undeniable nubility
  May excuse a certain puerility,
  Your alleged indispensability
  Underestimates my versatility,
  And your boyish irresponsibility
  And what now is charming juvenility
  Will in time lose its adorability
  And appear much more like imbecility.

This publication also includes the alternate lyrics on CAST and notes:
  The alternate version of the interlude was written for the 1980 revue
  Tomfoolery, in which it was sung by an older man to a younger man.

"The Wiener Schnitzel Waltz" (REVIS-B)
STYLE: Mit Schlag

The label on this record lists the song as "The Wienerschnitzel Waltz",
though the jacket correctly puts a space between Wiener and Schnitzel.

The intro here, though taken from the same recording as REVIS-B, has been
edited together with the intro from "When You Are Old And Grey" on that
release, thus:
  The most popular type of popular song is of course the love song, and I'd
  like to illustrate several subspecies of this form during the evening.
  First of all, we have the Viennese waltz type of the Franz Lehar/Johann
  Strau"s school, conjuring up images of gaily waltzing couples and probably
  stale champagne drunk from sweaty slippers.
  This example is called "The Wiener Schnitzel Waltz".

This includes an alternate "British version" of the couplet:
  Your lips were like wine (if you'll pardon the simile),
  The music was lovely and quite Rudolf Frimly.
->Your face was aglow (but your teeth rather yellowish),
->The music was lovely, quite Ivor Novelloish.

This is being sung by a woman, so the following change is made:
  It was I who stepped on your dress, la l-la.
  The skirts all came off, I confess, la l-la.
  Revealing for all of the others to see
  Just what it was that endeared you to me...
->It was you, dear, who stepped on my dress
->The skirts all came off, I confess
->Revealing to all a superlative view
->Of just what it was that endeared me to you.

"I Hold Your Hand In Mine" (REVIS-B)
STYLE: Tenderly

At the end, it includes the same comment as at the end of the song on
REVIS-B, though the CD of REVIS-B tracks that as the beginning of "Be
  You know, of all the songs I have ever sung, that is the one I've had the 
  most requests not to.

"Be Prepared" (REVIS-B)
STYLE: Trustworthily, loyally, helpfully, friendlily, etc.

  Keep those reefers hidden where you're sure that they will not be found,
  And be careful not to smoke them when the scoutmaster's around,
  For he only will insist that they be shared, be prepared!
->Keep that pot well-hidden where you're sure that it will not be found,
->And be careful not to turn on when the scoutmaster's around,
->For he only will insist that it be shared, be prepared!

The spoken intro here is significantly different from that on REVIS-B, so
here is the complete intro.
  [in response to the long applause following the previous song]:
  Ah, very good.
  This is, actually, particularly rewarding to me because I have always
  regarded it as part of my mission in life to follow around after Billy
  Graham, and try and undo some of the work he has done.  I see.  You can
  make your decisions backstage after the show.
  Well, anyway, I have time for one more here, and this is a little song
  dedicated to the Boy Scouts.  [applause] We seem to have several patrols
  here tonight.  The Boy Scouts, those noble little bastions of democracy,
  and the R.S.L. [Retired Soldiers' League] of tomorrow.
  Their motto is, as you know, "Be Prepared!", and that is the name of the

This is the opening song of the show, and before they go into the normal
lyrics, they sing the following:
  Be prepared! To maintain an even keel.
  Be prepared! For a harrowing ordeal.
  We have several hundred numbers here to do,
  And the doors are being locked until we're through.

  Be prepared! If you harbor any qualms.
  Be prepared! For this foolery of Tom's.
  Our theatrical integrity we've totally disgraced,
  And we think that you will find it all in questionable taste.
  Every possible expense was clearly spared, be prepared!

"Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" (WASTED)
STYLE: Vernally

"Bright College Days" (WASTED)
STYLE: Adagio, con brio
(which, translated to English, means "slowly, in a vigorous manner")

In the pause, instead of saying "Ready?", he says "Ooh," as if looking at
another's wound.

The entire middle section is missing: two stanzas, from "Here's to parties
we tossed," to "And we'll pass, and be forgotten with the rest."

"A Christmas Carol" (WASTED)
STYLE: Merrily

"The Elements" (WASTED)
STYLE: As fast as possible

"Oedipus Rex" (WASTED)
This song does not appear in this songbook.

"In Old Mexico" (WASTED)
STYLE: Immoderato

Includes alternate lyrics for the ending:
  Far away from the strikes of the A.F. of L. and C.I.O.
  How I wish I could get back
  To the land of the wetback,
  And forget the Alamo,
->For though try, as I may, I can never repay all that I owe
->To the land of ma~nana
->And cheap marijuana.
->(It's so easy to grow.)

This uses the alternate ending listed in TMS.

"Clementine" (WASTED)
There are no significant changes here, but I thought I would note that this
recording does contain the spoken intro and all of the explanations
throughout, whereas the other songs on MORE do not contain the spoken intros.

This song does not appear in this songbook.

"It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be A Soldier" (WASTED)
This song does not appear in this songbook.

"She's My Girl" (WASTED)
STYLE: Torchily

"The Masochism Tango" (WASTED)
STYLE: Painstakingly

  I can feel the pain yet, love,
  Ev'ry time I hear drums.
->I can never forget, love,
->How this passion was born.

  And I envy the rose
  That you held in your teeth, love,
  With the thorns underneath, love,
  Sticking into your gums.
->How I envied the rose
->That your teeth used to clench, love,
->When I tried something French, love,
->All I got was a thorn.

Also, the hiccup and "'Scuse me!" are missing.

This publication also includes the alternate lyrics on CAST.

"We Will All Go Together When We Go" (WASTED)
STYLE: Eschatologically
(Eschatology is a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the
history of the world or of mankind.)

This song was used near the end of the final episode of "That Was The Week
That Was".
The following lines were omitted:
  No more ashes, no more sackcloth,
  And an arm band made of black cloth
  Will some day nevermore adorn a sleeve.

  And we will all go together when we go.
  What a comforting fact that is to know.
  Universal bereavement,
  An inspiring achievement,
  Yes, we will all go together when we go.

  Oh, we will all burn together when we burn.
  There'll be no need to stand and wait your turn.
  When it's time for the fallout
  And Saint Peter calls us all out,
  We'll just drop our agendas and adjourn.

The verse with "We will all bake together when we bake" is moved up to
replace the one with "All suffused with an incandescent glow".
The following lines are left out:
  Down by the old maelstrom,
  There'll be a storm before the calm.

  You will all go directly to your respective Valhallas.
  Go directly, do not pass Go, do not collect two hundred dollars.

The "We will all fry together when we fry" verse is omitted.
After the "Nearly three billion hunks of well-done steak" line, snippets of
other songs from the night are included.

"National Brotherhood Week" (TWTYTW)
STYLE: Fraternally

  Lena Horne and Sheriff Clark are dancing cheek to cheek.
->New Yorkers love the Puerto Ricans 'cause it's very chic.

  New Yorkers love the Puerto Ricans 'cause it's very chic.
->Richard Nixon and John Dean are dancing cheek to cheek.

On the "Lena Horne and Sheriff Clark" line, there is a footnote:
  *Note: This line may be changed to take advantage of current events.  In
  Boston, for example, it became:
  "See Gerry Studds and Jerry Falwell dancing cheek to cheek."

"MLF Lullaby" (TWTYTW)
STYLE: Wiegenliedig
(according to Brian Sebby [], this translates to mean
 "Lullabye song-like".)

Includes alternate lyrics for:
  So, sleep well, my darling, the sandman can linger.
  We know our buddies won't give us the finger.
->So sleep, baby, sleep, your eyes should be shuttin',
->We know our buddies won't fool with the button.

"George Murphy" (TWTYTW)
This song does not appear in this songbook.

Even though not included in TMS, which claims to include all Tomfoolery
songs, this song is included here, with this added at the end:
  (Tap break.)
  (spoken) They said that the role was out of his range,
  But you're never too old for a shuffle-ball-change.
  (Tap break.)
  (spoken) On Capitol Hill or in vaudeville
  His name is up there at the top of the bill.
  (Tap break.)
  [sung again:]
  In top hat and tails or even baggy pants
  The moviegoers proved that he could count on them
  They loved him in November as they did at M-G-M.
  Yes, like everyone in Washington he only wants a chance
  To give the public
  A song and Dance.

"The Folk Song Army" (TWTYTW)
STYLE: Earnestly

Includes alternate lyrics for:
  There are innocuous folk songs, yeah,
  But we regard 'em with scorn.
  The folks who sing 'em have no social conscience,
  Why, they don't even care if Jimmy Crack Corn.
->Hooray for the Folk Song Army,
->We will show you the way.
->'Cause we all hate poverty, war, and injustice,
->And chords that are too hard to play.

"Smut" (TWTYTW)
STYLE: Pornissimo

Includes alternate lyrics for:
  But now they're trying to take it all away from us unless
  We take a stand, and hand in hand we fight for freedom of the press.
->I love the Bill of Rights with all the fervor I possess,
->And when I pray, I always say, "Thank God for freedom of the press."

This includes an interesting different intro to thie song:
    In this permissive age, when adultery is called "open marriage" and
  perversions are called "alternate life-styles," when the Golden Rule
  becomes "Do unto others and with any luck they might do unto you," in an
  age of jeweled handcuffs and designer whips, it has become increasingly
  difficult to find anything really dirty to do. (He takes a copy of Playboy
  or a similar magazine from under the bar.)
    There are still taboos, of course, but their nature has changed.  For
  example, when I was in college, there were certain words you couldn't say
  in front of a girl.  Now you can say then, but you can't say "girl."
    And people who defend pornography now do so on the basis of civil
  liberties or freedom of speech, which takes all the fun out of it.
    I don't want anything "adult," or "mature," or even "off-color."  What I
  want is good old-fashioned salacious (chord), prurient (chord), lubricious
  (chord), concupiscent. . . .

Also, a slightly different list of obscene things is given:
  Bring on the obscene movies, murals, postcards, neckties, samplers, stained
  glass windows, tattoos, anything!
  More, more, I'm still not satisfied!
->Phone calls
->Stained glass windows
->More, more! (ad lib more examples: "white-wall tires," "neckties," "murals,"
->I'm still not satisfied!

"Send The Marines" (TWTYTW)
STYLE: alla collo di pelle
(According to Ben Waggoner , this means "like a neck
 of leather," or "in the style of a Leatherneck," or something like that.)

  To the shores of Tripoli,
  But not to Mississippoli,
->From the halls of Montezuma,
->To show our sense of huma,

"Pollution" (TWTYTW)
STYLE: Calypso

  The breakfast garbage that you throw into the Bay
  They drink at lunch in San Jos'e.
->The breakfast garbage they thow out upstate,
->You can drink downtown on your luncheon date.

  The breakfast garbage that you throw into the Bay
  They drink at lunch in San Jos'e.
->Throw out your breakfast garbage, and I've got a hunch
->That the folks downstream will drink it for lunch.

There is also a footnote here:
  *Alternative lyrics may be used here to fit the local situation, e.g.,
   for New York:       The breakfast garbage they throw out in Troy/
                       They drink at lunch in Perth Amboy.
   for San Francisco:  The breakfast garbage that you throw into the Bay/
                       They drink at lunch in San Jos'e.

"So Long, Mom (A Song For World War III)" (TWTYTW)
STYLE: `a la Cohan

Here, it was used as part of a sketch about a television program entitled
"That Wonderful War".
Only the last two stanzas were used, and the following slight change was
  So send me a salami
  And try to smile somehow
->So send me a salami somehow

"Whatever Became Of Hubert?" (TWTYTW)
This song does not appear in this songbook.

"New Math" (TWTYTW)
The terminology is slightly corrected:
  From the three you then use one
  To make ten ones...
->From the three you then use one
->To make ten tens...

  From the three, you then use one
  To make eight ones,
->From the three you then use one
->To make eight eights,

"Alma" (TWTYTW)
This song does not appear in this songbook.

"Who's Next" (TWTYTW)
STYLE: Disarmingly

The following lines were added at the end of the song:
  And if someone sets it off on some pretext,
  And the human race is gone,
  I wonder who's next?

  China got the bomb, but have no fears;
  They can't wipe us out for at least five years!
->China got the bomb, but have no fear;
->'Cause they can't wipe us out till at least next year!

  Then Indonesia claimed that they
  Were gonna get one any day.
->Japan will have its own device,
->Transistorized and half the price.

  When Alabama gets the bomb!
->When Ronald Reagan gets the bomb!

  Then Indonesia claimed that they
  Were gonna get one any day.
->Japan will have its own device,
->Transistorized and half the price.

"Wernher von Braun" (TWTYTW)
STYLE: Gently

This issue capitalizes "Von".

"The Vatican Rag" (TWTYTW)
STYLE: Ecumenically

After the "So get down upon your knees" stanza the 2nd time, it adds:
  Do whatever steps you want if
  You have cleared them with the Pontiff.
  Light a votive candle,
  Listen and the band'll
  Play you the Vatican Rag.
They then repeat "2-4-6-8" three times, followed by "Time to
transubstantiate!", and then repeat the "So get down upon your knees" stanza

Includes the "votive candle" lines used in CAST.

"Silent E" (EC)
STYLE: With ease

The song here is entitled "Silent 'E'".
The first two lines of the second verse are switched with the first two
lines of the first verse.
The following verses are inserted before the last verse:
  Silent E, silently,
  Turns a cap into a cape,
  Turns a Jap into a jape,
  And last night, it turned a simple rap into a... [singer is slapped] Oof!

  I tell you bud, it turns a dud into a dude.
  It'll even made crud sound crude.

The following lyric switch is made in the last verse:
  Who can turn a man into a mane?
  Who can turn a van into a vane?
->Once I used to hop, but now I can hope,
->And of course my pop, turned into the Pope.

"L-Y" (EC)

"I Got It From Agnes"
STYLE: Infectiously