Oedipus Rex by Tom Lehrer

…Er, I mean by Sophocles, of course. But those of us exposed to Dr. Lehrer’s version in our impressionable youth (I’m talking to you, Jane and Kathie) will always find this song running through our heads whenever we hear the title of Sophocles’ immortal tragedy. For those of you who have never heard this song, prepare to have your lives changed forever.

Wasn’t that uplifting and culturally enriching?

WRITING PROMPT: Write a theme song for your latest work or work-in-progress. If you have none, write a theme song for a famous story which has no theme song. The exercise will encourage you to isolate the main point or emotion of the work. Unlike Dr. Lehrer, please endeavor to isolate the point or emotion which is SUPPOSED to be the main one.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Oedipus Rex by Tom Lehrer

  1. Jane

    April 19, 2011 at 10:46am

    Hi. Dr. Lehrer is a true hero. His song about the periodic table was featured as a key piece of an NCIS episode.

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  2. Jane

    April 23, 2011 at 11:25am

    So did everyone else except for forensic goddess Abby.

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  3. SarahG

    April 24, 2011 at 11:51am

    I remember that episode! Lovely song.

    Most people are only familiar with him because of the “Ly” song.


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