So Long, Mom (A Song for World War III) Lyrics - Tom Lehrer

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This year we've been celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Civil War and the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of World War I and the twentieth anniversary of the end of World War II so all in all it's been a good year for the war buffs and a number of LPs and television specials have come out capitalizing on all this "nostalgia" with particular emphasis on the songs of the various wars. I feel that if any songs are going to come out of World War III we'd better start writing them now. I have one here. You might call it a bit of pre-nostalgia. This is the song that some of the boys sang as they went bravely of to World War III.

So long, Mom,
I'm off to drop the bomb,
So don't wait up for me.
But while you swelter
Down there in your shelter,
You can see me
On your TV.

While we're attacking frontally,
Watch Brinkley and Huntley,
Describing contrapuntally
The cities we have lost.
No need for you to miss a minute
Of the agonizing holocaust. (Yeah!)

Little Johnny Jones he was a U.S. pilot,
And no shrinking vi'let was he.
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He was mighty proud when World War Three was declared,
He wasn't scared,
No siree!

And this is what he said on
His way to Armageddon:

So long, Mom,
I'm off to drop the bomb,
So don't wait up for me.
But though I may roam,
I'll come back to my home,
Although it may be
A pile of debris.

Remember, Mommy,
I'm off to get a commie,
So send me a salami,
And try to smile somehow.
I'll look for you when the war is over,
An hour and a half from now!






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don't worry | Reviewer: Scott Dobbie, 15 | 6/4/2007

There is no need to worry about the ledgend of Tom Lehrer failing to be passed along, as it already has!

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He is the BEST!! | Reviewer: David Newman | 5/8/2007

Tom Lehrer is one of the funniest and best songwriters that I have ever heard. I can't believe that after the generation that listened to him in the sixties passes on, he will be almost unknown. It is up to us to pass him along.

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Yay this song is the best! | Reviewer: Ben Greener | 7/8/2005

Yay this song is the best! It's old but is probably a very true song. It's the best!

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