Eyes of the Fleet

Eyes of the Fleet

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Merry Minuet

Of course, while the world gets busy, I'm swamped and not able to post except to offer up this reminder that the more things change, the more they remain the same. I first heard this song on a 1960 or so Kingston Trio record:
The Merry Minuet by Sheldon Harnick

They're rioting in Africa. They're starving in Spain. There's hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain.
The whole world is festering with unhappy souls. The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles.
Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch. And I don't like anybody very much!
But we can be tranquil and thankful and proud, for man's been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud.
And we know for certain that some lovely day, someone will set the spark off... and we will all be blown away.
They're rioting in Africa. There's strife in Iran. What nature doesn't do to us... will be done by our fellow man.

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