Tub-Thumper - 1. A speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or
orator; a ranter. (from oed.com).
This blog will be a combination of reasoned posting somedays and an occasional rant.
Friday, December 22, 2006
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A song and pre and post song commentary from the excellent Tom Lehrer.
Speaking bits in italics
One very familiar type of song is the christmas carol. although it is perhaps a bit out of season at this time. however, Im informed by my disk jockey friends - of whom I have none,In order to get a song popular by christmas time, you have to start plugging it well in advance. so here goes. it has always seemed to me after all. that christmas, with its spirit of giving, gives us all a wonderful opportunity each year to reflect on what we all most sincerely and deeply believe in.
I refer of course, to money. and yet none of the christmas carols that you hear on the radio or in the street, even attempt to capture the true spirit of christmas as we celebrate it in the unitAtes. that is to say the commercial spirit. so I should like to offer the following christmas carol for next year, as being perhaps a bit more appropriate.
Christmas time is here, by golly, Disapproval would be folly, Deck the halls with hunks of holly, Fill the cup and dont say when. Kill the turkeys, ducks and chickens, Mix the punch, drag out the dickens, Even though the prospect sickens,Brother, here we go again.
On christmas day you cant get sore, Your fellow man you must adore, Theres time to rob him all the more The other three hundred and sixty-four.
Relations, sparing no expense'll Send some useless old utensil, Or a matching pen and pencil. Just the thing I need! how nice! It doesnt matter how sincere itIs , nor how heartfelt the spirit, Sentiment will not endear it, Whats important is the price.
Hark the herald tribune sings, Advertising wondrous things. God rest ye merry, merchants, May you make the yuletide pay.
Angels we have heard on high Tell us to go out and buy! So let the raucous sleigh bells jingle, Hail our dear old friend kris kringle, Driving his reindeer across the sky. Dont stand underneath when they fly by.
Actually I did rather well myself, this last christmas. the nicest present I received was a gift certificate good at any hospital for a lobotomy. Rather thoughtful.
A lot of opinion polls have lately been showing real support growing for Scotland finally kicking away from England.
This makes me very happy but I still can only say 'About bloody time.'
It is no real surprise though. I think the Scots have always been in favour of full independence but a number of factors have combined to stop it happening.
I also have a background in political science and when I have looked at the stats it goes in waves, with the low point of each wave being higher than the low point of the preceding wave so to speak. Therefore, I have always thought it will come sometime when I am middle-aged but it definitely will come.
Events may be making it come sooner.
I hope so. I will be happy the day it comes, I assure you.
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