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Lyrics of Political Science

No one likes us-I don't know why
We may not be perfect, but heaven knows we try
But all around, even our old friends put us down
Let's drop the big one and see what happens

We give them money-but are they grateful?
No, they're spiteful and they're hateful
They don't respect us-so let's surprise them
We'll drop the big one and pulverize them

Asia's crowded and Europe's too old
Africa is far too hot
And Canada's too cold
And South America stole our name
Let's drop the big one
There'll be no one left to blame us

We'll save Australia
Don't wanna hurt no kangaroo
We'll build an All American amusement park there
They got surfin', too

Boom goes London and boom Paree
More room for you and more room for me
And every city the whole world round
Will just be another American town
Oh, how peaceful it will be
We'll set everybody free
You'll wear a Japanese kimono
And there'll be Italian shoes for me

They all hate us anyhow
So let's drop the big one now
Let's drop the big one now


'“Political Science”' is a song written and performed by singer-songwriter Randy Newman on his 1972 album, 'Sail Away'. In going along with the theme of the rest of the album, the song is a satire of a particular part of American culture and history, namely its foreign policies at the time. It is sung from the point of view of an unnamed narrator who thinks very highly of the United States and its culture. He admits the US is not perfect, but wonders why even “our old friends put us down”, especially since “we give them money”. In October 2006, Newman performed the song for The Colbert Report's audience after being interviewed by Stephen Colbert. Newman also rerecorded the song for his 2003 release 'The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 1'. The song is also performed in an episode of 'Ally McBeal' by Jennifer Holliday.

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