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(Poem #615) The Philosopher's Drinking Song
Immanuel Kant was a real pissant who was very rarely stable. Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar who could think you under the table. David Hume could out consume Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, And Wittgenstein was a beery swine who was just as sloshed as Schlegel. There's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach ya 'bout the raisin' of the wrist. Socrates himself was permanently pissed. John Stuart Mill, of his own free will, after half a pint of shandy was particularly ill. Plato, they say, could stick it away, 'alf a crate of whiskey every day! Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle, and Hobbes was fond of his Dram. And Rene Descartes was a drunken fart: "I drink, therefore I am." Yes, Socrates himself is particularly missed; A lovely little thinker, but a bugger when he's pissed.
What, you haven't heard this before? Quick - run out and beg, borrow or steal a recording of Monty Python's Flying Circus, and give the Bruces a listen. You won't be disappointed. thomas. PS. Did you know that according to the Guiness Book of Records, the single concept with the largest number of different words/phrases to describe it is 'the condition of being inebriated'? [Irrelevant Details] Composer: Eric Idle. Author: Eric Idle. First heard on Monty Python's Flying Circus. The Second Series (aired from Sep. 15, 1970 to Dec. 22, 1970). Episode 22: How To Recognize Different Parts Of The Body. Recorded 25 September 1970, Aired 24 November 1970. [On Monty Python] Monty Python's Flying Circus" premiered in October of 1969 and those who fell under its spell were destined never to view parrots, hedgehogs, Spam, or the everyday act of walking in the same way again. C'mon, Python loyalists, con-FESS. You can't go into the cheese section of a supermarket without smiling and perhaps looking about for Greek musicians, now can you? Or see the plaid flannel shirts favored by lumberjacks and not want to burst into the chorus of a certain song? Doubtful, because that's just the kind of effect Python has had on people. The cast of the Flying Circus came together in what can best be described as a chain reaction. It started when John Cleese and Graham Chapman approached the Michael Palin/Terry Jones team about doing a project together. The latter agreed and suggested bringing in Eric Idle, who in turn recruited Terry Gilliam. The first episode of Python went out late on a Sunday evening in a time period usually occupied by a program devoted to religious discussion. So imagine the shock of those who turned in expecting to see that only to be confronted with Picasso doing a painting while riding a bicycle, the deaths of famous historical figures judged in the manner of the Olympics, and the story of a joke soooooo funny that anyone who heard it literally died laughing. So the Python series began and would continue for the next five years, during which time the Pythons broke most of the rules about what television and comedy should be. From ex-Goon Spike Milligan came the idea that sketches didn't necessarily need a beginning, middle, and end. This, along with the advantage of having Gilliam's animations to connect disparate sketches, took the emphasis away from the punch-line and allowed the free-flowing stream of consciousness which would become the Python trademark. The final program was transmitted on December 5, 1974, and Python as a series was history. Yet in a sense they were just beginning. Though he had bailed out of the fourth (and final) series, John Cleese was happy to work with his partners when they decided to bring their supreme adeptness at being silly to the big screen in a series of films that began with "And Now For Something Completely Different" and ended with "The Meaning Of Life", which won the prestigious Jury Award at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival. What made Python click? At its best, this partnership was something akin to a good marriage, where one partner's strength compensates for the other's weakness, and the result is a harmonious whole. In this case, the verbal strength and logic of Cleese, Chapman, and Idle was perfectly complemented by the imaginative visual flair of Jones, Palin, and especially Gilliam. Though they have all gone on to do successful solo projects, there was an energy at work here which will never be duplicated. -- Michelle Street, http://www.stone-dead.asn.au/resources/articles/britcomedy-digest/celebratin g-25-years.html [Links] The Philosopher's Drinking Song appears in the sketch starring 'The Bruces'; you can read the entire sketch here: http://www.montypython.net/scripts/bruceskit.php3 You can listen to the Bruces singing this song (at machine-gun speed, and in good Aussie accents to boot) here: http://www.library.adelaide.edu.au/guide/hum/philosophy/philos_song.au and here: [broken link] http://www.montypython.net/cgi-bin/dl/full.cgi?philosop.wav There've been quite a few poems about the pleasures of alcohol on the Minstrels; see, for example: Belloc's "Pelagian Drinking Song": poem #78 Baudelaire's "Enivrez-vous" ("Get Drunk!"): poem #581 Harivanshrai Bachchan's "The Tavern": poem #72 Rumi's poem of the same name: poem #513 The immortal Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam: poem #162 Of course, there's always the danger, while drinking, of having the same fate befall you as David O'Bruadair; see his marvellous "A Glass of Beer": poem #185 And finally: all the names mentioned in today's, errm, poem, are of bona fide honest-to-goodness real McCoy philosophers; to find out more about their work, I can't do better than to recommend the Encyclopaedia Britannica, http://www.eb.com/.