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Pollution- Tom Lehrer

Thursday 27 March 2008
by Laurence Bernard

"Thomas Andrew "Tom" Lehrer (born April 9, 1928) is an American singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician. He has lectured on mathematics and musical theater.

Lehrer is best known for the pithy, humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and 60s. His work often parodied popular song forms, notably in "The Elements", where he sets the names of the chemical elements to the tune of the "Major-General’s Song" from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.

Lehrer’s earlier work frequently dealt with trivial subject matter, but he also produced a number of songs dealing with the social and political issues of the day, particularly when he went on to write for the TV show That Was The Week That Was."

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Lehrer

I have used this video and song as part of a lesson plan on the environment. You can download the Teacher’s Notes below. [pdf]

The subtitled version here on Another Teacher’s Website could also be useful to students.

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