Date: Sun, 29 Jun 1997 22:02:44 -0700

From: David Harnick-Shapiro david[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BANZAI.ICS.UCI.EDU

Subject: Drop the Big One [was: Re: MIKE TYSON SPECIAL: Bite ]

On Sun, 29 Jun 1997 03:01, "Barry A. Popik" writes:

RHHDAS has "bite the big one" from 1977, although I remember it a bit

earlier. This refers to fellatio as the "big one." There is a nice RHHDAS

entry on "big one," but it surprisingly omits the famous song by Tom

Lehrer--"Let's drop the big one now! Let's drop the big one now!"--that

antedates its "atomic destruction" entries.

I think you're mixing two songs. (This is all from memory, so

pray pardon any minor errors.) Tom Lehrer's WW III fight song

(I'm guessing 1964, from his work with the short-lived TV program

"That Was the Week That Was") goes

Little Johnny Jones was a US pilot

And no shrinking violet

Was he


And this is what he said on

His way to Armageddon:

"So long, Mom, we're off to drop the Bomb

So don't wait up for me ...

Randy Newman has a song about how America wants to be everybody's

friend, but

They don't like us anyhow

So let's drop the Big One now


BOOM goes London, and BOOM Paree

More room for you, and more room for me...

This was probably late 1970s (too late to push back any

"atomic destruction" entry dates?).


David Harnick-Shapiro david[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Information and Computer Science

University of California, Irvine