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Pollution

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:
Time was when an American about to go abroad would be warned
By his friends or the guidebooks not to drink the water
But times have changed, and now a foreigner coming to
This country might be offered the following advice:


If you visit American city
You will find it very pretty
Just two things of which you must beware:
Don't drink the water and don't breathe the air!

Pollution, pollution!
They got smog and sewage and mud
Turn on your tap
And get hot and cold running crud!

See the halibuts and the sturgeons
Being wiped out by detergeons
Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly
But they don't last long if they try

Pollution, pollution!
You can use the latest toothpaste
And then rinse your mouth
With industrial waste

Just go out for a breath of air
And you'll be ready for Medicare
The city streets are really quite a thrill--
If the hoods don't get you, the monoxide will

Pollution, pollution!
Wear a gas mask and a veil
Then you can breathe
Long as you don't inhale!

Lots of things there that you can drink,
But stay away from the kitchen sink!
Throw out your breakfast garbage, and I've got a hunch
That the folks downstream will drink it for lunch!
[[(The breakfast garbage that you throw into the Bay
They drink at lunch in San José)]]

So go to the city
See the crazy people there
Like lambs to the slaughter
They're drinking the water
And breathing (cough) the air!

Written by:

Tom Lehrer

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