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Death Of Joe Stalin (Good Riddance): Buddy Hawk and his Buddies [1953]

Another celebratory tune in dishonor of the deceased Soviet dictator. The record's label, Atlantic, evidently thought enough of it to place a promotional ad in the March 14, 1953 edition of 'Billboard' ("Get This Timely Hillbilly Record Now!"). See also, Ray Anderson's Stalin Kicked The Bucket.

No biographical material could be found for Buddy Hawk and His Buddies. He was one of the very few releases on Atlanticís stumbling hillbilly series, which otherwise included a very rare and very early record by Bill Haley.

LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Death Of Joe Stalin (Good Riddance): Buddy Hawk and his Buddies [1953]

Just when it seemed useless to try anymore
But use what power we had
A greater Hand made a call one day
And took old Joe Stalin away

Refrain: So long, old Joe, you had to go
Your reservation came through
Just one last wish from all people today
That thereíll never be another like you!

For years we fought a cold, cold war
We tried to have peace in our land
But with every effort an evil was born
With a trick and a lie in each hand

Refrain

He led his people to lose and lie
He forced them to worship him so
He said thereís no God to help in your lives
But now he thinks different we know

Refrain

Some men were born to rule in their land
It must be all written we know
But now youíve moved on to a stronger hand
As the Devilís helper I know

Refrain

He had enough power to destroy the world
But he let his strength go to his head
He could turn a whole nation against what was right
But now old Joe Stalin is dead

So long, old Joe, you had to go
For good or evil no man can tell
But you and I, we know donít we Joe
We know youíre goiní Ė oh well!

Buddy Hawk and his Buddies [1953]
Death Of Joe Stalin (Good Riddance)
(Ernest Hawk)
Atlantic 704

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