Tom Lehrer: ‘Send in the Marines’

I’ve reblogged on here my brother, Mike’s satirical song sending up the government and particularly the head of the DWP in Iain Duncan Smith, the Musical! Here’s another piece of classic musical satire by one of the great masters of the genre, Tom Lehrer. Great songs don’t age, and, as the British political comedy Yes, Minister, showed most political issues remain constant across the decades and from government to government. Lehrer’s pointed lyrics are as sharp and relevant as they were when he wrote them back in the 1960s. As America and Britain once again contemplate another attack on the pretext of defending democracy, this time in Syria, I thought Lehrer’s song ‘Send in the Marines’ accurately describes the present situation. The Civil War in Syria and its atrocities are no laughing matter, but the duplicity and warmongering of the Western governments which seek to exploit this really does need to be sent up and ridiculed.

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3 Responses to “Tom Lehrer: ‘Send in the Marines’”

  1. Mike Sivier Says:

    Reblogged this on Vox Political.

  2. mybeautfulthings Says:

    Brilliant! I love Tom Lehrer. It sounds as if Obama has been thwarted in his aim to ‘send in the marines’

  3. Alex Casale Says:

    Sometimes I find that satire is more powerful than just writing the blatant truth!

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