What is this song/ who is it by?

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!

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.

Reply Mon 14 May, 2012 11:37 pm

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:


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Reply Tue 15 May, 2012 02:33 am
Tom Lehrer?
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Reply Tue 15 May, 2012 07:32 am
The Klan
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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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Reply Tue 15 May, 2012 12:35 pm
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!)


<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?)


<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!)


<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!


(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!)

Reply Tue 15 May, 2012 12:38 pm
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.
Reply Tue 15 May, 2012 12:41 pm
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
Reply Mon 6 Aug, 2012 07:31 am
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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