Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby: These Are the Laws Of My Administration

Written by Naomi Louisa O'Connell


In category: Song of the Day

Published February 20, 2017

If you haven’t yet seen the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup, do yourself a favor and watch it—it’s irreverent, hysterical and (these days) educational.  The lyrics pack a particular punch right now: “If you think this country’s bad off now, just wait ’til I get through with it”… Ouch. Take a listen.

Performed by Groucho Marx and Margaret Dumont

Can’t get enough of Groucho?  Check out this other, equally brilliant, song from Duck Soup: ‘This Country’s Going to War’:

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Hailed by The New York Times as “radiant,” Irish mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell deftly balances her love of opera with that of art song, musical theater and popular song with repertoire ranging from Schumann, Strauss and Ravel to Bernstein, Gershwin and Randy Newman. An alumna of the NYFOS@Juilliard residency, Naomi returns to NYFOS this week in Picnic Cantata/Dinner at Eight on Tuesday, February 21 at Merkin Concert Hall. To follow Naomi on Facebook, click here.


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