Tom Lehrer – So Long, Mom (A Song for World War III) – with intro – widescreen

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  1. RonJohn63 says:

    "Obsess" *might* be the wrong word, but writing songs and having nightmares (I've read about that from multiple sources) indicates an unhealthy… level of concern about something you really have no control over.

    As an indication of how "we the people" had no control over nuclear deployment, remember the unilateral disarmament movement in England, Europe & the Left Coast in the 1980s. Nevertheless, Reagan, Thatcher and Helmut Kohl installed GLCMs and IRBMs in Europe to counter SS-20s.

  2. I find it funny that you completely missed his sarcasm. If you actually thought he really meant that WWIII was "almost upon us". you obviously never had a chance of being one of those "intellectuals" you were so derisive of. Not to mention the fact that Tom Lehrer is pretty humble (compared to a normal person, let alone a songwriter nowadays).

  3. RonJohn63 says:

    Dryly cynical and a bit jaded, maybe, but that's not the same as sarcastic.

    (Being old enough to remember when WW3 was a real worry, I can with confidence assert that, so soon after the Cuban Missile Crisis and in the middle of the Vietnam War and before détente, that the likelihood of him being sarcastic there is *minimal*.)

  4. Actually I think he was referring to bomber planes. ICBMs cut the time down to about 20 minutes.

  5. SuperMudz says:

    But they also don't launch missiles at other countries. They just stay home. 🙂

  6. this will be the Syrian/American War song

  7. For the first war *to* be shown on TV, the Vietnam War was only marginally better. The Northern Hemisphere wasn't destroyed, but I think America's traditional values fell for good.

  8. If this was true it wouldnt have been a problem intercepting them ICBMs are faster then you give them credit

  9. How nice. It's too bad there will be so few listeners.

  10. beege222 says:

    'As you know, World War 3 will be the first world war to be shown on television.'

    Decades before CNN gave us 24 hour coverage of the first gulf war Lehrer accurately predicted how the media would turn warfare into just another form of entertainment.

  11. TheCrabtribe says:

    Mr. Lehrer here seems like a funnier and more classy Bo Burnham. I love it! :D

  12. mat hearn says:

    omg this is so cool how did i only find this thru a nexus FONV mod link lul

  13. bowhook says:

    I was posted at Naval communication station Adak, Alaska, and scared shitless of a soviet attack,   I was 19.

  14. what year was this?

  15. love his wit ..interesting too how up to date all this still is

  16. 0DarkEagle says:

    This guy would have been Seth MacFarlanes best friend

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