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National Brotherhood Week

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).

Original video
Spoken introduction:
One week of every year is designated National Brotherhood Week. This is just one of many such weeks honoring various worthy causes. One of my favorites is National Make-Fun-Of-The-Handicapped Week, which Frank Fontaine and Jerry Lewis are in charge of as you know. During National Brotherhood Week various special events are arranged to drive home the message of brotherhood - this year, for example, on the first day of the week, Malcolm X was killed, which gives you an idea of how effective the whole thing is. I'm sure we all agree that we ought to love one another, and I know there are people in the world who do not love their fellow human beings, and I hate people like that! Here's a song about
National Brotherhood Week:

Oh, the white folks
Hate the black folks
And the black folks
Hate the white folks
To hate all but the right folks
Is an old established rule

But during ...
National Brotherhood Week
National Brotherhood Week
Lena Horne and Sheriff Clark are dancing cheek to cheek, it's
Fun to eulogize the
People you despise
As long you don't let them in your school

Oh, the poor folks, hate the rich folks
And the rich folks hate the poor folks.
All of my folks hate all of your folks.
It's American as apple pie
But during...

National Brotherhood Week
National Brotherhood Week
New Yorkers Love the Puerto Ricans 'cause it's very chique
Stand up and shake the hand of
Someone you can't stand
You can tolerate him if you try

Oh the protestants hate the catholics
And the catholics hate the protestants
And the hindus hate the muslims
And everybody hates the jews, but during

National Brotherhood Week
National Brotherhood Week its
Aational everyone smile at
One another-hood week, be
Nice to people who are
Inferior to you. it's only for a week so have no fear
Be grateful that it doesn't last all year

Written by:

Tom Lehrer