Professor Tom Lehrer turned out a number (actual number: 10) of didactic yet hilarious songs for The Electric Company back in the 1970s. Adverbially speaking, this was my favorite:

I went thirty years without hearing this, and hadn’t forgotten a word, though I did get two verses out of order.


  1. fillyjonk »

    11 November 2017 · 3:37 pm

    I was never as great a fan of Electric Company (it seemed too loud and chaotic to me, even as a kid) as some other educational programming, but I remember these!

    Between these and the Schoolhouse Rock songs (and I can still recite the Preamble to the Constitution thanks to that – and yes, I add “of these United States), I guess maybe my claim of “The 1970s hated children” wasn’t entirely true; these were all pretty clever and the music was well-done. (Definite hint of klezmorim about this one, though I wouldn’t have known that as a kid)

  2. CGHill »

    13 November 2017 · 9:04 am

    But a few good songs do not a great decade make.

  3. nightfly »

    14 November 2017 · 12:13 pm

    The moment I saw it, my brain said “OHHHHHHHHH that’s right!” But I confess myself to be more familiar with Schoolhouse Rock, Sesame Street, Fraggles, and (thanks to my son) the Veggie Tales.

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