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​Tschaikowsky (And Other Russians)

This song is by Danny Kaye and appears on the compilation Flashbacks, Volume 2: Crazy & Obscure: NoveltySongs 1914-1946 (2000).

Without the least excuse
Or the slightest provocation
May I fondly introduce
For your mental delectation
The names that always give me a concussion
The names of those composers known as Russian

There's Malichevsky, Rubinstein, Arensky, and Tschaikowsky
Sapelnikoff, Dimitrieff, Tscherepnin, Kryjanowsky
Godowsky, Arteiboucheff, Moniuszko, Akimenko
Solovieff, Prokofieff, Tiomkin, Korestchenko

There's Glinka, Winkler, Bortniansky, Rebikoff, Ilyinsky
There's Medtner, Balakireff, Zolotareff, and Kvoschinsky
And Sokoloff and Kopyloff, Dukelsky, and Klenowsky
And Shostakovitsch, Borodine, Glière, and Nowakofski

There's Liadoff and Karganoff, Markievitch, Pantschenko
And Dargomyzski, Stcherbatcheff, Scriabine, Vassilenko
Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Mussorgsky, and Gretchaninoff
And Glazounoff and Caesar Cui, Kalinikoff, Rachmaninoff

Stravinsky and Gretchnaninoff
Rumshinsky and Rachmaninoff
I really have to stop, the subject has been dwelt upon enough

He'd better stop because we feel we all have undergone enough

Music by:

Kurt Weill

Lyrics by:

Ira Gershwin