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What is this song/ who is it by?

 
 
sozobe
 
Reply Mon 14 May, 2012 06:24 pm
I was just reminded of a song that we sang in my 4-6th grade class that appalled several parents. Mine were really upset by it, and didn't seem to believe that I saw the irony in it and realized it was anti- rather than pro-.

I went to try to find the song.... nothing! It's usually a matter of a few keywords + "lyrics" to find any given song, but this one's not turning up.

The parts I remember:

Well I was 32 and I was in the second grade
I was older than the teacher can't you see
Oh I felt like such a fool
When they kicked me out of school
I'm so glad the Klan has found a place for me!

[Chorus]
Join the Klan!
Join the Klan!
It's a new and easy way to be a ma-aa-aan
Whaddya say? Join the KKK!


(There were a bunch of other verses about various miscreants who were happy to be accepted by the KKK.)

I'm thinking maybe Kingston Trio? I just can't turn anything up though.

We were singing it in the late 70's/ early 80's, and I think it was already pretty old by then.

Thanks!
 
mckenzie
 
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Reply Mon 14 May, 2012 11:37 pm
@sozobe,
Sozobe,

I think it's Spanky and Our Gang. I tried, but couldn't find the lyrics online. Here's a link, though, to an article from 1987 about a junior high school principal who was suspended after playing the song over the school intercom:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=L05TAAAAIBAJ&sjid=64MDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4924,5184095&hl=en

Mck.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 15 May, 2012 02:33 am
@sozobe,
Tom Lehrer?
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raprap
 
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Reply Tue 15 May, 2012 07:32 am
@sozobe,
The Klan
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 15 May, 2012 08:31 am
Thanks mckenzie and raprap! (And dlowan for your guess, makes sense.)

Can't hear it so still don't have access to the lyrics -- were the ones I wrote about right?

Can you tell I had a weird hippie teacher? Smile
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Tue 15 May, 2012 12:35 pm
@sozobe,
some indistinct/faint vocal's, then it segue's to:

here's all you have to do....

join the klan
join the klan
it's the new and easy way to be a maaaaan
Whaddaya say, join the KKK

<indistinct reporter>

I'm a fat ole southern sheriff
and my wife say's i'm im-potent
It's getting so I just don't give a damn
I feel so high and mighty
in my pointed cap and nightie
Hell I'm so glad I got a chance to join the Klan.

(He's a pacifist!)

<chorus>

<indistinct reporter>

I was 32 years old
and I was in the second grade
I was older than the teacher, don't you see
I felt like such a fool
When they kicked me out of school
I'm so glad the Klan has found a place for me.

(Would you believe Grand Dragon?)

<chorus>

<indistinct report>

<effeminate affectation:>

All the fella's used to tease me
And when they did I often cried and ran
But now they're so impressed
'Cause I get to wear a dress
And lots of guys like me have joined the Klan
(so there!)

<chorus>

<reporter voice>

We'll send the colored folks back to Africa
And set 'em up in business
->Yeah! with the money we get from robbing Jews
->Then we'll get those lousy Catholics (Liberals! Yankees! Foreigners!)
Yeah and pretty soon there will be just me an you!

<chorus>

(If you ever lose your voice, you'll find it in my right ear!)

(arguing about how to do a sing-a-long)

(Let's do the chore-us one more time!)

<chorus>
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 15 May, 2012 12:38 pm
@DrewDad,
Oh thanks!!! Very nice of you to transcribe.

Eek, I don't remember those other verses at all. (Impotent? Effeminate?)

Maybe my teacher kept the second grade one and then made up new verses for the rest.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Tue 15 May, 2012 12:41 pm
@sozobe,
Could be that there are different versions; this was a live performance. They may have had multiple versions for various audiences.
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Swedish Mahatma
 
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Reply Mon 6 Aug, 2012 07:31 am
@sozobe,
I am just working on a translation of this song into swedish - I am from there...About thirty years ago I bought a record (cutout) on chance in an obscure boutique in Lund, Sweden. Three swedish crowns was the price...it turnde out to be one of the most-listended-to-records and "The Klan" was one of the favourites. It deals with bigotry (spelling right?) and intolerance - treated with humour. I love it. Spanky and our gang is the name of the group performing it live on the record.
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