I can see Your Honor doesn't pull his punchesYes, I know: those are words, and Bock did the music. But it was precisely the choral background that made the punchline work so well.
And it looks a trifle fishy, I'll admit,
But for one whole week I went without my lunches,
And it mounted up, your honor, bit by bit!
[Choral refrain: Up your honor bit by bit!]
Fn, this seems to me my day for remembering smart, honest, reform-minded politicians. The opening of Fiorello! pretty much coincides with that letter from Daniel Patrick Moynihan.