Today’s song is “Der Fuehrer’s Face.” Originally published and written by Disney Studio composer, Oliver Wallace, it was Spike Jones’ version that climbed Billboard charts.
- In 1942, the AFM (American Federation of Musicians) went on strike, preventing the group from making commercial recordings for longer than 2 years. This led to a radio broadcasting featuring the song of the day, “Der Fuehrer’s Face”.
- The group was known for specializing in spoof arrangements of classical music and popular songs.
- Many songs given the City Slickers treatment included whistles, gunshots, outlandish and comedic vocals.
- The film the song was featured in (with the same title) was the only Donald Duck film to receive an Oscar.
- The song was different than other wartime music, with most American music containing hyper-patriotism, “Der Fuehrer’s Face” was different from the beginning seconds: the mood and tone brought a ridiculous sense of satire uncommon for the times.
Der Fuehrer’s Face
Spike Jones & His City Slickers
Note: Each “heil heil” is accompanied by what is variously
Called “the bird”, “the raspberry”, or “the Bronx cheer”
When der fuehrer says we is de master race
We heil heil right in der fueher’s face
Not to love der fuehrer is a great disgrace
So we heil heil right in Der Fuehrer’s Face
When Herr Goebbels says we own the world and space
We heil heil right in Herr Goebbels’ face
When Herr Goring says they’ll never bomb dis place
We heil heil right in Herr Goring’s face
Are we not he supermen Aryan pure supermen
Ja we are the supermen (super duper supermen)
Is this Nutsy land so good
Would you leave it if you could
Ja this Nutsy land is good
We would leave it if we could
We bring the world to order
Heil Hitler’s world to order
Everyone of foreign race
Will love Der Fuehrer’s Face
When we bring to the world dis order