Lehrer: Send the Marines (1965!)
with President Johnson practicing “escalatio” on the Vietnamese and then the
Dominican crisis on top of that it has been a nervous year* and people have
begun to feel like a Christian scientist with appendicitis. Fortunately in times
of crisis just like this America always has this number one instrument of
diplomacy to fall back on. Here's a song about it.
When someone makes a move
Of which we don't approve,
Who is it that always intervenes?
U.N. and O.A.S.,
O.A.S.: Organization of American States
They have their place, I guess,
But first send the Marines!
We'll send them all we've got,
John Wayne and Randolph Scott,
Remember those exciting fighting scenes?
To the shores of Tripoli,
But not to “Mississippoli”,
What do we do? We send the Marines!
For might makes right,
And till they've seen the light,
They've got to be protected,
All their rights respected,
'Till somebody we like can be elected.
Members of the corps
All hate the thought of war,
They'd rather kill them off by peaceful means.
Stop calling it aggression,
O we hate that expression.
We only want the world to know
That we support the status quo.
They love us everywhere we go,
So when in doubt,
Send the Marines!
sound: A Christmas Carol(Tom Lehrer).mp3
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