Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here.
Life is skittles and life is beer.
I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring.
I do, don't you? 'Course you do.
But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me,
And makes every Sunday a treat for me.

All the world seems in tune
On a spring afternoon,
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.
Every Sunday you'll see
My sweetheart and me,
As we poison the pigeons in the park.

When they see us coming, the birdies all try an' hide,
But they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide.
The sun's shining bright,
Everything seems all right,
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.

We've gained notoriety,
And caused much anxiety
In the Audubon Society
With our games.
They call it impiety
And lack of propriety,
And quite a variety
Of unpleasant names.
But it's not against any religion
To want to dispose of a pigeon.

So if Sunday you're free,
Why don't you come with me,
And we'll poison the pigeons in the park.
And maybe we'll do
In a squirrel or two,
While we're poisoning pigeons in the park.

We'll murder them all amid laughter and merriment,
Except for the few we take home to experiment.
My pulse will be quickenin'
With each drop of strych'nine
We feed to a pigeon.
(It just takes a smidgin!)
To poison a pigeon in the park.


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    General CommentA common thing in America, where pigeons have infested the entire area. They spread disease and can be quite annoying when they cluster around for food. Many people hate them, and governments really don't mind if you do kill them. Also called the "feathered rat".
    Occams_Harmonyon May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is easily one of my top ten songs of all time. Tom Lehrer was a genious. In an interview, he said he chose pigeons because everyone hates them, and that if he had chosen dogs, no one would have thought it was funny, just sick (kinda like Ogden Edsl's Dead Puppies).

    This was his biggest hit, for good reason.
    inpraiseoffollyon May 12, 2006   Link

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