Hi, Kendall -
There's a little more at http://www.disneyshorts.org/shorts.aspx?shortID=359. It's a discussion of the Disney cartoon of the Spike Jones song Der Fuehrer's Face, but it has a nice comment about this song:
From Val Don Hickerson: I saw the original cartoon (Der Fuehrer's Face) preceding a movie at the Strand Theater in Seaside, Oregon in 1943 while still a junior in high-school. I also saw a short subject showing Spike Jones and the City Slickers playing the title song. I don't remember if it was shown several months before the comedy or after.
The next year I was in the US Army Air Force. We sang that song often to boost our morale. It helped to make fun of a viscious enemy who was trying to dominate the world along with Italy and Japan. What current generations don't realize was how deadly those enemies were, nor how successful they had been during the first few years. We literally had our backs to the wall as they were advancing on every front. Songs and cartoons like Der Fuehrer's Face were a great help to keep your spirits up when you knew that any moment may be your last. An estimated 60-million people died on both sides including nearly 400,000 Americans - and nine in my little town os Seaside, Oregon (Population about 2,000).
Another song that we sang at that time went something like this:
Now Adolf Hitler grabbed a tail,
And he hung right on with tooth and nail,
When he saw what he had he began to swear,
On the end of the tail was a Russian bear,
The old bear growled and started in to shake,
And Adolf knew he'd made a big mistake.
He tried to hang on and he tried to let go,
Now they do a new dance called Hitler in the snow.
I saw Musselini sitting on a log
All puffed up like a great big frog,
I snuck up close and poked him with a wire,
And he just went poof like an old flat tire.
There was a verse about Tojo that I don't remember. Anyway, I would give the cartoon and the song a ten plus. They sure helped us during very trying, stressful times. By war's end I was studying Japanese radio intercept code for the invasion of the Japanese mainland. Thank God the war ended before we had to go. I was 19-years-old.
From John McShane : My comments are not about this Disney film but rather directed to a gentleman who did make some comments - namely Val Don Hickerson. In his comments he mentioned another song that he sang towards the end of the war. For his information the following are the complete words to this song which was sang to the tune of "Turkey in the Straw" My thanks to him because for fifty years I have been trying to find somebody who had heard this song but with no luck. In fact I was beginning to think that it was a figment of my imagination but I am sure that at the age of 8 years I didn't (nor do I now) have the talent to make up the words. Following are the complete words to this song as I remember them:
Oh, Adolph Hitler grabbed a tail
He hung right on with a tooth and nail
Then he saw what he had and began to swear
On that tail was a Russian bear .
The old bear growled and started in to shake
Adolph knew he'd made a big mistake
So he tried to hang on and he tried to let go
Now they do a new dance called "Hitler in the Snow."
Well I saw Mussoline sitting on a log
All puffed up like a great big frog
So I sneaked up behind him and I stuck him with a wire
He just went poof like an old flat tire .
I took his hide and I hung it on a tree
The tree said hey don't you do that to me
So I took it home to my mother-in-law
And she threw it out with the turkey in the straw.
A monkey and a baboon were sitting on a rail
Feeling mighty sad and looking kinda pale
A little yellow rat came sneaking around a weed
The monkey yelled, "Hey there's the guy we need."
The rat sat up and they all begin to grin
Along came a fellow with whiskers on his chin
He kicked at the rail and broke it with a crack
And that was the end of the Three Power Pack.
Now if I can just find out who the artist was that sang the song I would be happy.