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OEDIPUS REX (Tom Lehrer) Tom Lehrer From The Bible to the popular songs There's on theme that we find all along With all the things we hail as good The most sublime is motherhood There once was an whom so it seems Once carried this ideal to extremes He loved his mother and she loved him And yet his story is rather grim There once was a man named Oedipus Rex* You may have heard about his odd complex His name appears in Freud's index Cause he loved his mother His rivals used to say quite a bit That as a monarch he was quite unfit But still in all they had to admit That he loved his mother Yes, he loved his mother like no other He daughter was his sister And his son was his brother One thing on which you can depend is He sure knew who a boy's best friend is When he found what he had done He tore his eyes out one-by-one A tragic end for a loyal son Who loved his mother So be sweet and and kind to mother Now and then have a chat About her candy-coloured blossoms Or a brand new hat But P'raps you'd better let it go at that Or you might end up with a quite complex, Complex And you may end up like Oedipus* I'd rather marry a duck-billed platypus Than end up like old Oedipus Rex*! *Oedipus was a king who was created by the greek playwright Sophocles. He was lost as a baby and when he grew up he killed a king and married the kings widow Jocasta. Oedipus was however, unaware that the king he'd killed was in fact his father, and his new wife was his mother! When he found out the awful truth he gouged out his own eyes and died in poverty. (Transcribed by Henry Watkinson - March 2004)


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