Roy Acuff: “Advice to Joe” (1951)

Released in 1951 by Tennessee-born country singer Roy Acuff, the lyrics of Advice to Joe contain a stern warning to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, should he ever instigate an atomic attack on the US.


There’s a Communist ambition now to rule or wreck us all
With atomic ammunition they would like to see us fall
Peaceful men of every nation would become as common slaves
We’ll prevent that situation better we shall fill our graves

You will see the lightnin’ flashin’ hear atomic thunders roll
When Moscow lies in ashes God have you mercy on your soul
Here’s a question Mr. Stalin and it’s you who must decide
When atomic bombs start falling do you have a place to hide?

Uncle Sam will still be living when the smoke of battle’s o’er
He will make a noose to fit you God will close up Heaven’s door
You’ll come face to face with Satan see the loved ones who have died
So be sure that when bombs start falling that you have a place to hide


Just remember Mr. Stalin how we both fought side by side
When Hitler and Mussolini had you whipped and how you cried
Uncle Sammy came to help you gave you strength, we gave you all
And now your great ambition is to see our nation fall