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Song Parodies -> "Who's Last? (shedding The Bomb)"

Original Song Title:

"Who's Next? (getting The Bomb)"

Original Performer:

Tom Lehrer

Parody Song Title:

"Who's Last? (shedding The Bomb)"

Parody Written by:

Barry J. Mitchel

The Lyrics

In the 1960s, we worried about nuclear proliferation, as in TOS. In the 1980s we had to "trust but verify" that nations adhered to the START [1]. Today we (excluding Barack Obama) worry about how to become a nuclear-free world when rogue nations and non-national terrorist groups are not deterrable by MAD [2].
First we stopped our bomb, and that was good,
'Cause we want peace and brotherhood.
Then Russia stopped their bomb, but that's OK,
'Cause the balance of power's retained; just pray.
Who's last?

France stopped their bomb, but don't you grieve,
They'd always hid it up their sleeve.
China kept their bomb, but have no fears;
They won't wipe us out while we're in arrears. [3]
Who's last?

Then Iran's Mullahs claimed that they
Had never built one anyway.
And Kim Jung-Il wants to bring forth
One for the South and one for the North.
Who's last?

Syr-i-a stopped trying too,
Last defused by sharp-shooting Jew. [4]
So Israel gets some sense,
Wants just a stronger fence. [5]
"Love all thy neighbors," said the Lord.
He'll save our race; besides, we can't afford.
Who's last?

Hezbollah is next to go,
And Hamas, maybe PLO.
We'll try to make-believe aplomb
When al-Qa-e-da drops the bomb.
Who'll blast?
Who's past?
Who's last?

Hold fast!
The new Russia/US treaty should be called STOPP (Save That Obama Peace Prize).
[1] STrategic Arms Reduction Treaty
[2] Mutually Assured Destruction
[3] China is one of the two largest holders of US Treasury securities.
[4] Syria's facilities were destroyed by an Israeli air strike, not likely for Iran's many sites.
[5] As defense against Palestinian suicide bombers.

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Old Man Ribber - April 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Lovely twist on Tom Lehrer's song of proliferation. ;D
Patrick - April 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Don't know the original, but you catch the problem with trying to disarm two or three semi-rational nations in the face of a couple of suicidal crackpots. The detonation of a single nuclear weapon, by anyone, for any reason, would change the world forever, and not for the good.
John Barry - April 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Bring back the Cold War.
Barry J. Mitchel - April 08, 2010 - Report this comment
"Shed" would be better than "stopped" in lines 1, 3 & 6; and "none" rather than "one" twice in line 14.
OMR: Thanks, I hadn't thought of "lovely"; got other adjectives?
JB: i echo your wish; it was a much simpler time/planet with only two players.
Phil N - April 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Good history lesson, I mean

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