Thursday, May 29, 2008

Political Science Songs

Over at the Monkey Cage, Lee Sigelman posts a Tom Lehrer song clip about political science and asks if there are any other songs about the discipline. As a matter of fact, there's a great Randy Newman song entitled, "Political Science." As you can see from the lyrics, the song's a pretty good description of neo-conservative foreign policy views:

No one likes us-I don't know why
We may not be perfect, but heaven knows we try
But all around, even our old friends put us down
Let's drop the big one and see what happens

We give them money-but are they grateful?
No, they're spiteful and they're hateful
They don't respect us-so let's surprise them
We'll drop the big one and pulverize them

Asia's crowded and Europe's too old
Africa is far too hot
And Canada's too cold
And South America stole our name
Let's drop the big one
There'll be no one left to blame us

We'll save Australia
Don't wanna hurt no kangaroo
We'll build an All American amusement park there
They got surfin', too

Boom goes London and boom Paris
More room for you and more room for me
And every city the whole world round
Will just be another American town
Oh, how peaceful it will be
We'll set everybody free
You'll wear a Japanese kimono
And there'll be Italian shoes for me

They all hate us anyhow
So let's drop the big one now
Let's drop the big one now

Here's a live performance of the song:


J.Wizzle said...

A pretty good description of neo-con foreign policy? Are you serious? I don't agree with the neo-cons on many issues but let's not pretend that they want to nuke our allies.

Anonymous said...

Ryan Adams has a song entitled "Political Scientist" but it isn't really about the discipline.

Anonymous said...

Randy is an extremely left wing celebrity, apparently you mised the satire in this song

J.Wizzle said...

Ok, the song may be satire but the poster said "the song's a pretty good description of neo-conservative foreign policy views." Whether the song is satire or hyperbolic doesn't really change the fact that the poster said that is was a good description of neo-con foreign policy. Not really a big but I just thought that I'd point that out.

Justin CF said...

It might be a little bit outdated now, but you just reminded me of this little gem by Tom Lehrer: