The Kavaliers: “Get that Communist Joe” (1954)

Written by Weinman and Dorney and recorded by The Kavaliers in 1954, Get that Communist Joe is a light-hearted novelty song that parodies Joseph McCarthy and his crusade against suspected communists in the US government and military.


Spoken: Joe, come here a minute
I get a red hot tip for you, Joe!

See that guy with the red suspenders
Driving that car with the bright red fenders
I know he’s one of those heavy spenders
Get that Communist Joe

He’s fillin’ my gal with propaganda
And I’m scared she will meander
Don’t want to take a chance that he’ll land her
Get that Communist Joe

He’s a most revolting character
And the fellas hate him so
But with the girls this character
Is a Comrade Romeo

Since my love he’s sabotaging
And the law he has been dodging
Give him what he deserves, jailhouse lodging
Get that Communist Joe (Get that Shmo, Joe)