Scott Peters: “Fallout Shelter” (1961)


Released in 1961 by Scott Peters, and later covered in the UK by Mike & Bernie Winters, Fallout Shelter uses darkly humorous lyrics over a slow swing beat. Its lyrics also refer to CONELRAD, the American emergency radio network to be used in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack.

Lyrics

I’m not scared
I’m prepared
I’ll be spared

I’ve got a fallout shelter, it’s nine by nine
A hi-fi set and a jug of wine
Let the missiles fly from nation to nation
But it’s party time in my radiation station

A fourteen-day supply of multi-purpose food
Water, medicine, be sure to include
Build a bomb bungalow, you needn’t postpone
With no down payment and an FHA loan

Let the tests go on in the atmosphere
In my fallout shelter, I’ll have no fear
My baby and me, cozy we will be
Away from radioactivity

Twenty megatons is the size of the boom
And if they let it go, I’ll feel no doom
Let the cats run about, helter-skelter
I’m gonna, live, live, live in my fallout shelter

I’m not scared
I’m prepared
I’ll be spared

Twenty megatons is the size of the boom
And if they let it go, I’ll feel no doom
Let the cats run about, helter-skelter
I’m gonna live, live, live in my fallout shelter

So if you want to be full of confidence
Get survival jazz and civil defense
You’ll live like a king in your fallout pad
‘Till the all clear sounds, on CONELRAD
Dial 640-1240 CONELRAD