By Beth Daley, Globe Staff
I was waiting at a traffic light recently and the driver in the next car was playing a song I haven't heard in years - satirist (and mathematician) Tom Lehrer’s “Pollution” song. This is Lehrer's take on the state of the American environment from the early 60s and includes the stanza:
“See the halibuts and the sturgeons
Being wiped out by detergents.
Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly,
But they don't last long if they try.”
It’s funny stuff of the times and got me wondering about what global warming songs are out there. Turns out there are quite a few - with varying takes on the issue - and here are two funny ones I love. One is by Jill Sobule (you have to get through the 25 second intro) called “A Happy Song About Global Warming” and one called “Minnesotans for Global Warming” which is put to the music of "If I Had A Million Dollars" by the Barenaked Ladies.
Warning: The Minnesota one will invariably spark comments that weather is different than long term climate trends. It is. But while I may not agree with their take on the issue, it's still pretty funny.
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