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Debts, song lyrics

Song: Debts
Lyrics: Irving Berlin(2)

Music: Irving Berlin
Year: 1933(1)
Genre:
Country: USA


[1st verse:]
England and Italy and Germany and France,
We came here to discuss the debts,
And we're leaving with no regrets.
For England and Italy and Germany and France,
We have more than reached our aim,
And we're mighty glad we came.

[Europe's Refrain:]
We've had a lovely conference with the U.S.A.;
We'll pay our debts in silver and we'll be glad to pay.
In a month or two we think we can pay our debts in zinc.
And the next year we'll begin paying off what's left in tin.
Oh, how we love America for she never makes a fuss,
That's why we love America and America loves us.
We'll tell our countries what we did and they're bound to say,
"If you think we can pay them off in wood, go back to the U.S.A."
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[2nd verse:]
England and Italy and Germany and France,
Here's some news that you ought to know,
Off the gold standard we must go,
Like England and Italy and Germany and France,
We are going to inflate,
And we're very glad to state:

[America's Refrain:]
Let the pound go up, the franc go up, the mark go up as well
Uncle Sam will be in Heaven when the dollar goes to Hell
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For the stocks go up, the bonds go up, when no one wants to sell
Uncle Sam will be in Heaven when the dollar goes to Hell

Of course, our friends won't like it across the ocean blue
But we can greet our neighbors with a hey nonny nonny and a nuts to you

Let them call us this and call us that but while they scream and yell
Uncle Sam will be in Heaven when the dollar goes to Hell

[Europe's refrain is then sung in counterpoint with an altered Stanza and a half of "The Star Spangled Banner"]


Note:

1 - American History in Song: Lyrics from 1900 to 1945, by Diane Holloway, p.308

2 - Irving Berlin biography from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and more information on Irving Berlin.