Record: “We’re Gonna Have To Slap, The Dirty Little Jap” (Lyrics)

Today, I ran across this incredibly POLITICALLY INCORRECT record at an antique store in Walnut, Iowa. It was free because it had a chip in it. (Click on a picture to enlarge and read the labels.)

11414 remember record 11414 slap jap record

I was very curious, and played it as soon as I got home.  The songs on both sides are really quite a remarkable commentary on the culture in the United States right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Here are the lyrics for “We’re Gonna Have To Slap, The Dirty Little Jap, and Uncle Sam’s the Guy who can do it,” as sung on the record that I have:

We’re gonna have to slap the dirty little Jap
And Uncle Sam’s the guy who can do it
We’ll skin that streak of yellow from this sneaky little fellow
And he’ll think a cyclone’s struck him when we’re thru it
We’ll take the double crosser to the old woodshed
We’ll start on his bottom and we’ll go to his head
When we get done with him, he’ll wish that he was dead
We gotta slap the dirty little Jap
Uncle Sam’s a man who’s given a helpin’ hand
To many a foreign lands; don’t forget it!
But when somebody goes to trompin’ on his toes
They’d better guard their nose or they’ll regret it.

We’re gonna have to slap the dirty little Jap
And Uncle Sam’s the guy who can do it
The Japs and all their hooey will be changed into chop suey
And the rising sun will set when we get thru it
Their alibi for fighting is to save their face
For ancestors waiting in celestial space
We’ll kick their precious face down to the other place
We gotta slap the dirty little Jap

We’re gonna have to slap the dirty little Jap
And Uncle Sam’s the guy who can do it.
I wouldn’t fool ya mister: He can raise an awful blister,
And somebody’s pants will burn before we’re through it.
We’ll reach across the ocean and grab that yella Jap
And turn him upside down right on Democracy’s lap.
We’ll blister his axis and do it with a snap!
We gotta slap the dirty little Jap.
Uncle Sam is mild: As peaceful as a child,
But never get him riled or you will rue it!
So they wanna fight! Well they’ve bit off quite a bite!
And Uncle Sam is gonna make ‘em chew it!

We’re gonna have to slap the dirty little Jap
And Uncle Sam’s the guy who can do it.
‘Cause it really is a feature when he starts to be a teacher.
We can show you several pupils who’ve been through it.
Uncle Sam believes in the Golden Rule
But when he’s double crossed he’s gotta kick like a mule!
We’re warnin’ Hilters tool: Uncle Sam’s a fightin’ fool!
We’ve gotta slap the dirty little Jap.

CREDITS
Performed by Carson Robison
Words and Music by Bob Miller
Recorded December 1941
Label: Bluebird (RCA)
Record Number: B-11414 (Side B)

Here is a link to somebody’s audio recording of this record: http://www.authentichistory.com/1939-1945/3-music/04-PH-Reaction/19411200_Were_Gonna_Have_to_Slap_The_Dirty_Little_Jap-Carson_Robison.html

WARNINGS:
1. Their recording is too slow (but you can still easily understand the words)
2. Their written lyrics are wrong.  I have no idea where they got them from because you can listen to their recording and easily tell that their written lyrics are wrong.

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One Response to Record: “We’re Gonna Have To Slap, The Dirty Little Jap” (Lyrics)

  1. Dan says:

    I think you found a very interesting record in this one Susan … there were probably quite a few propaganda pieces created and distributed around that time meant to fan the flames of our nation’s emotions and rally efforts to win the war against the Empire of Japan. For some I’m sure, that resentment has not yet completely subsided.

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