Der Fuehrer’s Face – Spike Jones (Carl Grayson & Willie Spicer)

July 12, 2021

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. 

Fun Facts:

  • 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.

Lyrics 

(Musixmatch)

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

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