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Mr. Stalin You're Eating Too High Off The Hog: Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith and his Crackerjacks [1950]

This song serves as yet another advisory to the Soviet dictator. Two other such country numbers (No, No Joe and Advice To Joe) can be found in this database which begs the question: Did the KGB have a resident country music analyst to decipher all these records? Smith's musical warning to Stalin is delivered in a folksy, patronizing manner with a dash of patriotic scorn. The song's curious use of overeating as a metaphor for Soviet militaristic gluttony at least makes this tune unique from the other 'advisories.'

Arthur Smith was born in Clinton, South Carolina in 1921. He is perhaps best known as the composer of the theme from the 1972 motion picture 'Deliverance,' Duelin' Banjos. In fact, Smith had to sue the movie studio, Warner Brothers, because they had used his 1955 composition Feudin' Banjos without acknowledging his authorship (Smith wrote the song with Don Reno). The artist won this legal battle and $200,000 for his trouble.

Smith, the second of five children, was raised in Kershaw, South Carolina, the son of a textile mill worker. When his father wasn't working, he ran the town's band which is where Smith learned how to play the tuba and to appreciate music. Indeed, Smith loved music so much that he turned down three college scholarships to form a Dixieland jazz band called The Crackerjacks. Smith's band, which included his two brothers, Sonny and Ralph, appeared on WSPA in Spartanburg. During World War II, Smith served in the navy and recorded his most successful song, Guitar Boogie. The record, released in 1945, later inspired the Virtues' hit, Guitar Boogie Shuffle, and became a garage band staple.

After his discharge from the service, Smith settled in Charlotte, North Carolina and pursued a number of broadcasting opportunities that lasted for many years including hosting a radio show called 'Top Of The Morning' for 28 years; he also hosted the first live music variety show in the South on WBTV ('Arthur Smith And His Crackerjacks'); and he hosted 'The Arthur Smith Show,' a weekly syndicated music and variety show for 32 years. Since 1936 Smith has racked up 500 composer credits, recorded for labels such as MGM and RCA and now runs several different companies including, Arthur Smith Enterprises. His studio is used by many Bluegrass artists.

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Mr. Stalin You're Eating Too High Off The Hog: Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith and his Crackerjacks [1950]

When Word War II was over
Uncle Sam said, "Boy's go home!"
No one had to twist my arm,
I came back ‘cross the foam
Now things are in a mess again
The world is all agog
Old Joe Stalin in Moscow
Is eating too high on the hog

Mr. Stalin, you're eatin' too high on the hog
Mr. Stalin, quit feedin' those lies to your mob
Now, Joe, you better change your way
Or like Hitler you will pay
For eating too high on the hog

Now old Joe's getting' up in age
But they say he ain't so dumb
He knows all about ships and tanks
And maybe atom bombs
If he keeps eatin' like he is
At his own discretion
One of these days he's going to wake up
With American indigestion

Mr. Stalin, you're eatin' too high on the hog
Mr. Stalin, quit feedin' those lies to your mob
We know that you've got armies
And we know that they're big
But don't forget that the ham is close
To the tail end of the pig

Now Molotov and Malik
Are only office boys
They came to the UN
And made a lot of noise
They're only takin' orders
That come across from you
But your hammer and sickle just won't fit
Our red, white and blue

Mr. Stalin, you're eatin' too high on the hog
Mr. Stalin, quit feedin' those lies to your mob
Now, listen Joe, you know that you aren't
Used eating meat
Act your age, be yourself,
Stick to Kremlin wheat

Mr. Stalin, you're eatin' too high on the hog
Mr. Stalin, quit feedin' those lies to your mob
Now, we aren't huntin' trouble
But we ain't never run
Let's all live and let live, Joe
Remember the rising sun
Quit eating too high on the hog

Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith and his Crackerjacks [1950]
Mr. Stalin You're Eating Too High Off The Hog
(Smith-Trader)
MGM 10 829

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