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Wernher Von Braun, song lyrics

Song: Wernher Von Braun
Lyrics: Tom Lehrer(1)

Music: Tom Lehrer
Year: 1965
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA

Gather round while I sing you of Wernher von Braun(2),
A man whose allegiance, is ruled by expedience.
Call him a Nazi, he won't even frown.
"Ha, Nazi Schmazi," says Wernher von Braun.
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Don't say that he's hypocritical,
Say rather that he's apolitical.
"Once the rockets are up,
Who cares where they come down?
That's not my department,"
Says Wernher von Braun.

Some have harsh words for this man of renown,
But some think our attitude
Should be one of gratitude,
Like the widows and cripples in old London town, (3)
Who owe their large pensions to Wernher von Braun.
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You too may be a big hero,
Once you've learned to count backwards to zero.
"In German oder English I know how to count down,
Und I'm learning Chinese," says Wernher von Braun.


1 - Tom Lehrer biography.

2 - Wernher von Braun: Nazi rocket scientist's top-secret papers go on sale, from The Guardian, Dec. 3, 2007, and Story of the Nazi Slave Labor Camp that Secretly Manufactured V-2 Rockets.

3 - V2: The Nazi rocket that launched the space age, from the BBC, Sept. 2014, that recounts the 2,724 in Britain killed by these rockets, and the more than 20,000 slave laborers who died making them.