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Song Parodies -> "European Brotherhood Week"

Original Song Title:

"National Brotherhood Week"

Original Performer:

Tom Lehrer

Parody Song Title:

"European Brotherhood Week"

Parody Written by:

Katharine

The Lyrics

When you have a lot of countries in one big supranational group and a lot of other outside countries affiliated with them, things get dumb. Apologies to Tom Lehrer and to sane Europeans. I think you guys are awesome, I really do, I'd rather live there than in the United States and indeed that's where I plan to go after my PhD. Interethnic politics in Europe, though, is extremely funny.
Oh the right folks hate the left folks
And the left folks hate the right folks
Whether red, black, or white folks
They're under European rule

Right now it's European Brotherhood Week
European Brotherhood Week
The Armenians and the Turks
Are dancing cheek to cheek
It's great to eulogize
The ones you terrorize
'Cause ethnic hate will make you look the fool

Oh the rural folks hate the city folks
And the city folks hate the rural folks
All the Alpen folks hate the Ural folks
It's European as democracy

But during European Brotherhood Week
European Brotherhood Week
Basques and Spaniards love each other
'Cause they think it's chic
Stand up and shake the hand
Of anyone from France or Switzerland
But you might irritate them if you try

Oh Hungarians hate Romanians
And Romanians hate Hungarians
And the Serbs hate the Albanians
And everybody hates the Roma

But it's European Brotherhood Week
European Brotherhood Week
It's European Everyone-Smile-At-
One-Anotherhood Week
Be nice to someone who
Ain't from the same place as you
It's only a week, have no fear
You can gripe the rest of the bloody year

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Old Man Ribber - March 01, 2010 - Report this comment
It's almost impossible to top Tom Lehrer's original. That said, you may have done it. I especially enjoyed the Turks/Armenians, the Basques/Spaniards, and the Roma (gypsies in my day)! Well done, Kat! ;D
2Eagle - March 01, 2010 - Report this comment
Yes, but do they still hate the Jews? Remember the Holocaust? That didn't happen in the USA.
Phil Nelson - March 01, 2010 - Report this comment
good write and funny. This is one of those rare Tom Lehrer songs that I actually don't know. 5's
Fiddlegirl - March 01, 2010 - Report this comment
And so it goes... and goes... 555 peace signs for you.
Barry J. Mitchel - March 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Nice update of a classic, but not carefully paced (it DOES matter if you put a couple of extra syllables into a line) ... or too few. 354

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