[BLML] Hark, the Herald Tribune sings

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


[RJH]

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

[DALB]

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
song:

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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