[BLML] Hark, the Herald Tribune sings

David Burn dalburn at btopenworld.com
Tue Dec 22 00:22:06 CET 2009


Tom Lehrer's Christmas Carol, third verse:

Relations sparing no expense will
Buy some old-fashioned utensil
Or a matching pen and pencil
"Just what I wanted, how nice"
It doesn't matter how sincere it
Is or how heartfelt the spirit
Sentiment will not endear it
What's important is the price


Actual third stanza (not "verse", which is a single line of a poem):

Relations sparing no expense'll
Send some useless old utensil,
Or a matching pen and pencil -
"Just the thing I need, how nice."
It doesn't matter how sincere it
Is, nor how heartfelt the spirit;
Sentiment will not endear it,
What's important is the price.

More important to bridge players, perhaps, are these lines from the same

On Christmas Day you can't get sore,
Your fellow man you must adore;
There's time to rob him all the more
The other three hundred and sixty four.

David Burn
London, England

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