Sunday, March 17, 2013

Lost Sherman Lyrics for St. Paddy's Day

Do you know the Irish drinking song called "The Night That Paddy Murphy Died?"

Sherman did. Sometimes while writing his bio it seemed to me he knew every song in the world.



Well, he turned it into an absolutely insane parody called, "The Night That Leon Trotsky Died."

Yeah, that's right.

It was college, U. of Illinois, the 1944-45 academic year when Sherman was not exactly welcome on campus. The administration had just about enough of his boundless irreverence.

I was lucky enough to find the actor Arte Johnson, who kindly sang me Sherman's song. Johnson was part of a troupe of students that sang it at a student stunt show.

"We all dressed up as Russians and came up through the audience," Johnson said. "People screamed because we were so wacky."

Here it is, for the first time anywhere (unless you were with Johnson and Sherman in '44).


On the night that Leon Trotsky died
I never shall forget
The Russians got so stinking drunk
That some aren't sober yet
There are some things they did that night
That gave me quite a jar
They took buckshot from the corpse
And called it caviar.
That's how they showed their respect for Leon Trotsky
That's how they showed their honor and their pride
That's how they showed their respect for Leon Trotsky
On the night that Leon Trotsky died.

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