Comments: Just Stopping By

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

(Tom Lehrer, quoted from memory).

Unfortunately it is pretty much the same in Old Europe.

Posted by Bengt O. at August 24, 2005 01:07 PM

Fish gotta swim and bats gotta fly,
but they won't last long if they try

Yeah, you got that right (It's hard to forget a Tom Lehrer lyric. Or maybe it's just the frequency with which I listened to them growing up.)

Tom Paxton said, in connection with "Whose Garden Was This?" (which makes the same point with a bit more poignancy) that the worst fate for a topical songwriter was to have a song be relevant thirty years later....

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at August 25, 2005 03:15 AM