Tom Lehrer:Who's Next? Lyrics

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Who's Next?

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 of the big news items of the past year concerned
The fact that China, which we call Red China, exploded
A nuclear bomb, which we called a device. Then Indonesia
Announced that it was gonna have one soon, and proliferation
Became the word of the day. Here's a song about that:

First we got the bomb and that was good
'Cause we love peace and motherhood
Then Russia got the bomb, but that's O.K.
'Cause the balance of power's maintained that way!
Who's next?

France got the bomb, but don't you grieve
'Cause they're on our side, I believe
China got the bomb, but have no fears
They can't wipe us out for at least five years!
Who's next?

Then Indonesia claimed that they
Were gonna get one any day
South Africa wants two, that's right:
One for the black and one for the white!
Who's next?

Egypt's gonna get one, too
Just to use on you know who
So Israel's getting tense
Wants one in self defense
"The Lord's our shepherd", says the psalm
But just in case, we better get a bomb!
Who's next?

Luxembourg is next to go
And, who knows, maybe Monaco
We'll try to stay serene and calm
When Alabama gets the bomb!
Who's next, who's next, who's next?
Who's next?

Written by:

Tom Lehrer

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