Tom Lehrer - Wernher von Braun - with intro





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Published on Jul 11, 2009


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Enable 480p and use the arrow icon! "Wernher von Braun" is now REPUBLISHED for the third time to celebrate a lot of video views for the first versions published to YouTube. Why? Well, to offer the song in (even) slightly better quality. Use HQ if possible and play back the video on a single YouTube page to get a bigger video window. The older versions will stay on the channel.

The song "Wernher von Braun", written well before 1964 -- and years before the landing on the Moon itself -- was recorded to Ampex video in Oslo, Norway, in 1967. The song was originally published on The Tom Lehrer Wisdom Channel in July of 2007 and was, in fact, the channel's first video. The original 4:3-version is still on YouTube, as is an experimental 16:9 converted version. But in reality you should use THIS version, which preserves the original 4:3 aspect ratio and is a great leap forward in terms of technical quality. Of course this version also includes Tom Lehrer's spoken intro.

To make this song even more spot on, Lehrer used eight bars from the well-known German national anthem "Das Lied der Deutschen" as a song intro :-)

Check out more about the German national anthem here:


Wikipedia on Wernher von Braun:


In 2008 Lehrer really said "OK" to "The Tom Lehrer Wisdom Channel" on YouTube, as long as the performance is not altered and as long as it's free in the YouTube flash video format.

Click on the user name and visit the channel's front page. The channel is Lehrer only. And here is a link to the channel's support page:


For more, use this link:


© Tom Lehrer

Recording date: September 11th 1967
Format: Ampex Quadruplex PAL 4:3
Status: A very rare recording
Storage: Sony Digital Betacam
2009 YouTube Source: 720 X 576 mp4 with H.264 compression
Production and preservation: The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation - the NRK, Norway. More here:


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