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I dread the day when the suffering of my fellow is none of my concern June 28, 2018

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I’ve had Grace Petrie’s “They Shall Not Pass” in pretty heavy rotation for a few days now, and wanted to share.

Stand up today that we might save tomorrow
Oh I know there’s a way that we might save tomorrow
Yes it’s late in the day but we might save tomorrow if we try

We shall not turn against each other, for our creed or for our colour
Nor the ones we choose our lovers, or our class
You that beckon us that way, you shall not pass


Musical: Pippin – War Is A Science – Lyrics August 16, 2014

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Video of “War Is A Science” from the Pippin movie. The lyrics are different from the stage musical — some lines rearranged, others completely different — and I could only find the stage version online. So here’s a transcription of the movie version.

War is a science, Pippin!

Well, that takes half the fun out of it right there.

There’s plenty of fun when you win!

War is a science
With rules to be applied


Which good soldiers appreciate
Recall and recapitulate
Before they go to decimate the other side

Now, gentlemen, here’s the plan for tomorrow’s skirmish

The army of the enemy is stationed on the hill
They’ve got sabers in position, and they’re ready for the kill
So we’ve got to pull them down here, onto the plains
And suddenly, successfully, usurp them at a range
Then we go horsemen, into full effect
And it all must be accomplished in a way they won’t reject

And if all the ploys we pick to really work to bring to pass occur
We won’t just have a victory, we’ll have ourselves a massacre

Now, where was I? Ah yes, thank you…

War is a science
A breeding ground for brains
And though I cannot write my name
The men whose pens have brought them fame
Write endless paragraphs explaining my campaigns

Now listen to me closely I’ll endeavor to explain
What separates a charlatan from a Charlemagne
A rule confessed by generals illustrious and various
Though pompous as a Pompey or daring as a Darius
A simple rule that every good man learns by heart
It’s smarter to be lucky than it’s lucky to be smart

But if the fates feel frivolous and all our plans they smother
Well suppose this war does shrivel us — there’ll always be another!

Oh yeah! And then the men go marching out —

Pippin! I shall not caution you again. War is a very serious business!

I’m sorry, father!

And then…

And then…!

And, gentlemen, and then
Now, gentlemen, now!

And then the men go marching out into the fray
Conquering the enemy and carrying the day
Hark! The blood is pounding in our ears
Jubilations! We can hear a grateful nation’s cheers!

Unitarian carols December 2, 2011

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(To the tune of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)
God Rest Ye, Unitarians

Gods rest ye, Unitarians, let nothing you dismay
Remember there’s no evidence there was a Christmas Day
When Christ was born is just not known, no matter what they say

O, tidings of reason and fact, reason and fact
O, tidings of reason and fact!

Our current Christmas customs come from Persia and from Greece
From solstice celebrations of the ancient Middle East
This whole darn Christmas spiel is just another pagan feast

O, tidings of reason and fact, reason and fact
O, tidings of reason and fact!

There was no star of Bethlehem, there was no angels’ song
There couldn’t have been wise men for the trip would take too long
The stories in the Bible are historically wrong

O, tidings of reason and fact, reason and fact
O, tidings of reason and fact!


(To the tune of Jesus Christ Is Risen Today)
Jesus Christ May or May Not Have Risen Today
set for Pretty Yellow Flower Day

Jesus Christ may or may not have risen today
Whether or not he did is pretty difficult to say
Let’s discuss all sides of the issue thoroughly
We can take a vote! And then we’ll see


More Unitarian jokes. Features some absolute gems; check them out.

What do you get when you cross a Unitarian Universalist with a Jehovah’s Witness?

Someone who knocks on your door for no apparent reason.

Here is your sword: faith in our life, in the human worth. August 7, 2011

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Quick things–

1. Had TDS and TCR tickets right in a row, but couldn’t find a place to crash overnight, so I had to cancel one. Opted to keep TDS, as I’ve already been to a TCR taping. The bus tickets are squared away; I’ll be seeing Jon do TDS live for the first time on August 18. (Now watch Colbert end up having an amazing guest on the 17th.)

2. There is an awesome magical girl multifandom fic swap currently acepting signups! Go check it out.

3. Thundercaaaaaaaaaaaats. *_* (More on this later.)

4. Til Ungdommen (“To Youth” – a Norwegian dirge) sung in Oslo Cathedral in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack. Someone on FFA did a quick translation, which I’m copying here for posterity, and because I know I want to be able to find it again.


Peter Donnelly – Dangerous Games September 4, 2010

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Apparently there’s no place on the Internet with decent Peter Donnelly lyrics. Which sucks, especially since his CDs include them in full.

Dangerous Games in particular makes my heart hurt, so I pulled out the lyrics booklet and typed it up.