Bright College Days

Album: More Of Tom Lehrer (1959)

Songfacts®:

  • The up-tempo verses of the song parody Yale University's "Whiffenpoof Song." Lehrer omitted the verses from published sheet music to avoid potential legal hassles.
  • On the live album An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer, there are a couple of instances of audience laughter that are unexplained to the listener. After the line "To thee we sing with our glasses raised on high," Lehrer would "toast" with his eyeglasses. After the line "Soon we'll be sliding down the razor blade of life," Lehrer would rub his buttocks in mock pain. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Sean - Chicago, IL, for above 2

Comments: 2

  • Howard from St. Louis Park, Mn One line I remember is "Turn on the spigot, pour the beer and swig it. Engaudeams igit it-ur.' That was clever songwriting at its finest.
  • Jay from Brooklyn, NyI'm a little disappointed at your selection of Tom Lehrer songs. You should include such warped classics as "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park", "I Hold Your Hand in Mine", and "My Home Town." Tom Lehrer is a sick and disturbed man and this song and "Boston" do not nearly demonstrate to unknowing readers the level of his madness.
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