Revisited (Tom Lehrer album)

Revisited (Tom Lehrer album)

Revisited (1990) is an album by Tom Lehrer, consisting of live recordings of all the songs from 1953's Songs By Tom Lehrer. The CD contains two additional tracks that Lehrer wrote and performed for the PBS television show The Electric Company (and conducted by Joe Raposo). Its catalog number is 26203.

Track listing

  1. "Introduction" – 3:27
  2. "I Wanna Go Back to Dixie" – 2:56
  3. "The Wild West is Where I Want to Be" – 2:31
  4. "The Old Dope Peddler" – 1:42
  5. "Fight Fiercely, Harvard!" – 2:41
  6. "Lobachevsky" – 4:19
  7. "The Irish Ballad" – 5:13
  8. "The Hunting Song" – 1:59
  9. "My Home Town" – 2:58
  10. "When You are Old and Grey" – 2:27
  11. "The Wiener Schnitzel Waltz" – 2:21
  12. "I Hold Your Hand in Mine" – 1:55
  13. "Be Prepared" – 2:39
  14. "L-Y" – 2:11
  15. "Silent E" – 1:30

Song Highlights

"The Old Dope Peddler"

This is a parody of "The Old Lamplighter," by Charles Tobias and Nat Simon, which was a hit for Kay Kyser in 1947. The sticky-sweet verses of the original asserted that
He made the night a little brighter
Wherever he would go
The old lamplighter
Of long, long ago

It goes on to say that if there were sweethearts in the dark "he'd pass the light and leave it dark," and concludes by explaining that now, the old lamplighter turns the stars on at night and turns them off at dawn.

Lyrics of Tom Lehrer's song are as follows:

When the shades of night are falling,
Comes a fellow everyone knows.
It's the old dope peddler,
Spreading joy wherever he goes.

Every evening you will find him,
Around our neighborhood.
It's the old dope peddler
Doing well by doing good.

He gives the kids free samples,
Because he knows full well.
That today's young innocent faces
Will be tomorrow's clientele.

Here's a cure for all your troubles,
Here's an end to all distress.
It's the old dope peddler
With his powdered happiness.


Tracks 1–6 were recorded live on November 23 & 24, 1959, in Kresge Auditorium at MIT in Cambridge, MA. Tracks 7–13 were recorded live at two concerts during Tom's tour of Australia in spring, 1960 - March 21 in Melbourne and May 4 in Sydney. The cover photograph was taken at Royal Festival Hall in London, England, after his performance there on June 29 1960. Tracks 14 and 15 were recorded in the early 1970s.

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