There is no studio version... | Reviewer: Shirley Dulcey | 4/29/14
National Brotherhood Week is from Tom Lehrer's final album, That Was The Year That Was. Unlike his previous two albums, which have both studio and live versions, there is only a live album made at the hungry i in San Francisco.
Lehrer often revised his songs to update them or to cater to local audiences. We hear that in the video above, where Cassius Clay and Mrs Wallace dance cheek to cheek instead of Lena Horne and Sheriff Clark.
Re: Correction ... | Reviewer: David F | 4/5/14
Marty, I believe the version here is what's on the sheet music. If you heard something different on a recording, it's possible he made a mistake in that particular performance. That's relatively unlikely if it was one of his (very careful) studio recordings, but such things happen all the time in live performances.
Correction... | Reviewer: Marty | 5/30/13
"It's fun to eulogize/The people you despise" is not what's on the Tom Lehrer CD I bought a couple of years ago. The lyrics on the CD are "It's fun to eulogize/With someone whom you despise".
National Brotherhood Week: a timeless classic | Reviewer: Gary Neidhardt
"Be kind to people who are inferior to you, its only for a week so have no fear, be grateful that it doesn't last all year!"
This goes right along with another bit of Lehrer brilliance in describing "do-gooder" hypocrisy: "The nicest thing about protesting something is that it makes you feel so good."
It seems that the very people that are often screaming the loudest about "intolerance" are the most intolerant themselves. They're smarter than you, and better than you, and are entirely able, without the slightest reservations, to tell you what you should do. Just don't do as they do, because their shortcomings are forgivable and others aren't.
Thus these Lehrer lyrics, among many others, have a timeless quality, that remind us that many American-style protests reveal far more sad truths about the protestors than the targets of the protests.