The next time someone tells you they think 1930s music is lame and tame, you let them listen to this little ditty by Patricia Norman, accompanied by Eddy Duchin and his band.

Warning: Explicit language.

That’s right, explicit language. If you don’t like it in your music, please don’t listen. You’ve been warned!

This was the first known song which had the F word in it, and it was absolutely scandalous when it first came out in 1938. In fact, it not only uses the F word, it uses it repeatedly. Read the lyrics and you’ll see why! Too bad there wasn’t a TV performance like the spectacular one by Betty Hutton, albeit to tamer lyrics, at the end of this post.

Now once there was a little old man
With a funny crooked nose
He lived down in a log hut
And we called him ol’ man Mose
One dark and dreary morning
I knocked upon his door
Well, I didn’t hear a single sound
So I ain’t gonna do it no more

‘Cos, I believe (old man)
Yes, I believe (old man)
I do believe (old man)
That ol’ man Mose is dead
Whoa! I believe (old man)
I sure believe (old man)
Yes, I believe (old man)
That old man Mose is dead

(We believe) He kicked the bucket
(We believe) Where’s the man? Fuck, fuck, fuck it
(We believe) He kicked the bucket
That old man Mose is dead

(We believe) Oh! Fuck it!
(We believe) Fuck, fuck, fuck IT!!!
(We believe) He kicked the bucket
And old man Mose is dead

I went round to the window
And I peeped in through the crack
Inside there was that good old man
Laying flat upon his back
And I knew he wasn’t sleeping
Cause his hands were under the floor
But I didn’t hear a single sound
And I ain’t gonna do it no more

‘Cos, I found out (old man)
Yes, I found out (old man)
I sure found out (old man)
That old man Mose is dead

He’s dead, Mama! (old man)
Oh, I found out (old man)
Yeah, I found out (old man)
That old man Mose is dead

(We found out) He kicked the bucket
(We found out) Where’s the man? Fuck, fuck, fuck it
(We found out) He kicked the bucket
And old man Mose is dead

(We found out) Oh! Fuck it!
(We found out) Fuck, fuck, fuck IT!!!
(We found out) He kicked the bucket
And old man Mose is dead

Oh, I believe Mose kicked the bucket
I do believe he kicked the bucket
I believe Mose kicked the bucket
And old man Mose is dead!

I found out
I found out
Oh I found out
Mose kicked the bucket

And – old – man – Mose – is – dead!

If that proved too much for you, here’s a tamer version with a MUCH better video. :-)

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