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Slide Rule song

beardedbruce 01 Oct 08 - 08:10 AM
beardedbruce 01 Oct 08 - 08:28 AM
GUEST,Gerry 01 Oct 08 - 08:44 PM
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Linda Goodman Zebooker 01 Oct 08 - 09:09 PM
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Subject: BS: Slide Rule song
From: beardedbruce
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 08:10 AM

Another song overtaken by technology...

Any other songs that we learned understanding, but now require explaination to a current audience?

( "Automation", by Alan Sherman, of course...)


"The Slide Rule Song"
Words and music by Tom Lehrer
copyright (c) 1951

Vocals and piano by Tom Lehrer. Technical notes on the recording.

Introductory Dialog:
Professor (played by Lewis M. Branscomb):
Now to get on with the class --
I give you now the Section Man,
This friend of yours and mine'll
Offer you some very good advice about the final

Section Man (played by Robert A. Isaacs):
Be sure to bring your slide rules,
Don't forget them if you're sensible.
For if you use them wisely,
You'll find them indispensible.


The Slide Rule Song (sung by Robert A. Isaacs and the whole cast, piano by Tom Lehrer)

Don't bring the answers in on bits of paper,
And don't be crude and write them on your cuff:
The proctors would catch on to such a caper,
And you can bet they'd get you soon enough.

Yes, the proctors would catch on to such a caper
And you can bet they'd get you soon enough.

Don't write them on your thumbnail -- that's the worst place,
Don't write them in the lining of your hat:
You really shouldn't be here in the first place,
If you can't be more original than that.

No, you really shouldn't be here in the first place
If you can't be more original than that.

Against such things they have a justified rule,
They'd expel you without benefit of doubt.
But if you hide the answers in your slide rule,
It's eight-to-five that no one will find out.

Yes, if you hide the answers in your slide rule,
It's eight-to-five that no one will find out.


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Subject: RE: BS: Slide Rule song
From: beardedbruce
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 08:28 AM

perhaps

I'M A MAINFRAME
(Bob Franke)

You been runnin' your program on your little PC,
Tryin' to fix your business with your 1-2-3;
That little Junior jus' can't manage your files,
Well, I got some hardware that will make you smile.

cho: 'Cause I'm a mainframe, baby
I got a hard disk, too.
An' I can do twenty times
What that mini floppy driver can do.

That's pow'ful software that you got to run
But you just can't run it on that sonovagun;
That little Junior's got no mem-o-ry
Come on baby, get on line with me.

Little lights of amber, little lights of green
You got more data than I've ever seen
That little board can't even jump your screen
Oh baby, check out the soul of a new machine!

Copyright (C) 1986 Robert J. Franke used by permission
A la early Elvis
Recorded by Bob Franke on In this Night (FF70563, Flying Fish Records)
and The Funniest Computer Songs


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Subject: RE: Slide Rule song
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 08:44 PM

Anybody else remember the instrumental from way, way back that featured someone on a typewriter? At the end of each musical line, there was the sound of a carriage return, and the little tinkle of the bell that told you - what was it that the little bell told you about the typewriter back then? Might be hard to explain that tune to a generation brought up on computer keyboards.


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Subject: RE: Slide Rule song
From: Joe_F
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 08:54 PM

The little bell told you that it was time to hit the carriage return.


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Subject: RE: Slide Rule song
From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 09:09 PM

Leroy Anderson's The Typewriter. One of my favorites.   Typewriters! One soon learned NOT to place a coffee cup where the carriage return was going to go when it returned.


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Subject: RE: Slide Rule song
From: Jacob B
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 05:24 PM

Then there's "I've Built A Better Model Than The One At Data General". I don't have time to post the lyrics now, but the singer compares the computer he designed to a dozen other models which were available at the time the song was written - and all the companies mentioned except IBM have since gone out of business.


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Subject: RE: Slide Rule song
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 08:51 PM

Jacob B, you don't have to post the lyrics, it's already in the Digital Tradition database.


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