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George Murphy

This song is by Tom Lehrer and appears on the album That Was The Year That Was (1965) and on the 3 disc box-set The Remains of Tom Lehrer (2000).

Spoken introduction:
During the last election we had a good deal
Of fun back east following your senatorial
Contest out here. I'm from Massachusetts,
And I feel that we have a certain right to
Gloat over the other states because Massachusetts
Is after all the only state with three senators.
Anyway, here's a salute to your new junior senator:

Hollywood's often tried to mix
Show business with politics
From Helen Gahagan
To Ronald Reagan?
But Mr. Murphy is the star
Who's done the best by far

Oh, gee, it's great!
At last we've got a senator who can really sing and dance
We can't expect America to win against its foes
With no one in the Senate who can really tap his toes

The movies that you've seen
On your television screen
Show his legislative talents at a glance.
Should Americans pick crops? George says: "No!"
'Cause no one but a Mexican would stoop so low
And after all, even in Egypt, the pharaohs
Had to import Hebrew braceros

Think of all the musicals we have in store
Imagine: Broadway Melody of Nineteen Eighty-Four
Yes, now that he's a Senator, he's really got the chanc
To give the public a song and dance!


Written by:

Tom Lehrer

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