Listen to 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Plea for Peace: 'Please Don't Nuke Us, North Korea'
The accordion-loving singer played his new song on 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.'
If you managed not to spend the weekend cowering under a table in your basement as you waited for the next North Korea-baiting twitter tirade from Pres. Trump, then perhaps you caught a much-needed moment of temperature-cooling levity on Sunday night's (Aug. 13) Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
In an episode devoted to North Korea -- including the nation's strange obsession with all things accordion -- everyone's favorite accordion-wielding musical joke machine, "Weird Al" Yankovic, helped close the episode with a wheezy plea for peace.
"Would you annihilate us if you had the chance?/ That's such an anti-social thing to do/ You've got us crapping our collective pants/ May I suggest you take it down a notch or two?" sang Yankovic in the new track "Please Don't Nuke Us, North Korea," which included a mention of America's most beloved movie icon. "Why in the world would you kill Tom Hanks?/ 'Cause nobody doesn't like Tom Hanks."
"Here is where we are," said Oliver in the introduction. "We have two nuclear-armed leaders who are accustomed to issuing empty threats to impress their own people, and they are now currently goading each other towards armageddon. Which is absolutely terrifying." His answer, of course, was to issue a plea directly to the North Korean people courtesy of Al.
Because remember: "Now you might call us bloodthirsty dogs/ But that metaphor's not very apt/ We're just a bunch of simple fidget spinning goofy dorks/ Who probably couldn't find your country on a map."
Check out the song (which starts at 24:30):