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Thread #59026   Message #937848
Posted By: catspaw49
22-Apr-03 - 01:26 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: You're a Sap, Mister Jap
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: YOU'RE A SAP, MISTER JAP
Susan, I think strictly in the historical context it makes sense. Not in a perormance of songs in general, but to show the attitudes of war and it's effects, racism, bigotry, or a few other things. Like you, I can't see throwing it into a set "just for fun" but look at the rampant patrotism going on now. even today there are some who would still be happy to have a song about "raghead sand niggers".....and they probably do. It just hasn't made the airwaves thankfully. And that is due to the progress we've made, though far from perfect in our attitudes toward those who are different from ourselves.

Not everyone has taken the steps needed and I'm sure there are obnoxious ditties like I mentioned being sung, but overall, it's got to be better than it was. The song here is not far removed from the earlier times of WWI when we sang gleefully about recent immigrants to this country who are now fighting for the US in WWI. I think specifically of one although there are others, but "When Tony Goes Over The Top (Keep your eyes on that fighting WOP), has a strange attitude about it! .....Hey...He's a WOP, but at least he's OUR WOP.....bizarre.