Peace In The World - Or
The World In Pieces?

By Judith Moriarty

OLD Man ATOM...(Atomic Talking Blues/Talking Atom)
The song was written in 1945 and in 1950 it was published by a Hollywood commercial publisher. It was recorded in six or eight different versions on records. It was being played on radio station throughout the country and was the subject of rave interviews in various trade magazine. And then it suddenly disappeared.
Right wing organizations began attacking Columbia and RCA Victor for releasing a song that reflected "Communist" ideology...there's your old familiar bugaboo Commie!! Rabbi Schultz, national director of the Joint Committee Against Communism, stated his committee had made their opposition to the song to the recording companies Sept 1-1950 "Those who protested against the song's issuance on records insisted that it parroted the Communist line on PEACE and reflected the propaganda for the Stockholm "Peace Petition". Bulking under pressure, both Columbia and RCA Victor withdrew Old Man Atom from distribution. Note: Maybe somebody should redistribute it in lieu of the billions, upon ungodly billions, appropriated for "We've Come To Liberate With Shock and Awe"--no matter how long it takes!
Old Man Atom
Well, I'm gonna preach you a sermon 'bout Old Man Atom,
I don't mean the Adam in the Bible datum.
I don't mean the Adam that Mother Eve mated,
I mean that thing that science "liberated".
Einstein says he's scared.
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Alamogordo, Bikini (Baghdad? jm)
Here's my moral, plain as day,
Old Man Atom is here to stay.
He's gonna hang around, it's plain to see,
But, ah, my dearly beloved, are we?
We hold these truth to be self-evident
All men may be CREMATED equal.
Hiroshima, Nagasaki--here's my text
Hiroshima, Nagasaki--Lordy, who'll be next.
The science guys, from every clime,
They all pitched in with overtime.
Before they knew it, the job was done;
They'd hitched up the power of the gosh-darn sun,
They put a harness on Old Sol,
Splittin' atoms, while the diplomats was splittin' hairs...
Hiroshima, Nagasaki--what'll we do?
Hiroshima, Nagasaki--They both went up the blue.
Then the cartel crowd put on a show
To turn back the clock on the UNO,
To get a corner on atoms and maybe extinguish
Every darned atom that can't SPEAK ENGlISH.
Down with the foreign-born atoms!
Yes, Sir!
Hiroshima, Nagasaki...
But the atom's international, in spite of hysteria,
Flourishes in Utah, also Siberia.
And whether you're white, black, red or brown,
The question is this, when you boil it down:
To be or not to be!
That is the question....
Atoms to atoms, and dust to dust,
If the world makes A-Bombs, something's bound to bust.
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Alamogordo, Bikini...
No, the answer to it all isn't military datum,
Like, "Who gets there fustest with the mostest atoms",
But the people of the world must decide their fate,
We got to stick together or disintegrate.
World PEACE and the atomic golden age or a push-button war,
Mass cooperation or mass annihilation,
Civilian international control of the world or none.
If you're gonna split atoms, well, you can't split ranks.
Hisroshim, Nagasaki...
It's up to the people, cause the atom don't care,
You can't fence him in, he's just like air.
He doesn't give a darn about politics
Or who got who into whatever fix...
All he wants to do is sit around and have his nucleus bombarded by neutrons.
Hiroshima, Nagasaki...
So if you're scared of the A-Bomb, I'll tell you what to do:
You got to get with all the people in the world with you.
You got to get together and let out a yell,
Or the first thing you know we'll blow this world to...
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Moscow, too,
New York, London, Timbuktu,
Shanghai, Paris, up the flue.
Hiroshima, Nagasaki...
We must choose between
The brotherhood of man or smithereens.
The people of the world must pick out a thesis:




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