My Country’s Mad at Me

To the tune of “My Country Tis of Thee” (or “God Save the Queen,” if you prefer)

My country’s mad at me
I moved to Germany
to see the king!
His name was Donald Duck
he drives a garbage truck
to all in Germany,
let garbage fling!”

I heard this around the school in 1988, though one of the den mothers of my cub scout troop heard us singing it and remarked “they think they’re singing the very latest thing, and it’s just songs that I sang back in MY day!” Versions going back to at least 1957 appear in the books at the right. I see online that minor variations abound (“my country’s TIRED of me” might be a more common first line).

One version from the 1950s:

My country’s tired of me
I live in Germany
My name is Schulz.
My father was a spy
caught by the FBI
Hung by his own necktie
I wonder why

What version did YOU sing?

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21 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I heard it in the late 1980's in southern Georgia as:

    My country's mad at me
    I'm going to Germany
    To see the king
    The king is Donald Trump
    He drives a garbage truck
    From every building top
    Let garbage rain!

    Very similar to what you had heard around the same time.

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  2. Anonymous

    In Phoenix AZ in the late 60's it started like this:
    My country's sick of me
    I'll go to Italy
    to see the King (and another verse used queen)

    I don't remember the rest, but it wasn't a duck in a garbage truck.

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  3. Anonymous

    My mawmaw taught it to me in the 80's.

    My country's mad at me
    I'm going to Germany
    To See the king.
    The King is Micky Mouse
    The Queen is Minnie Mouse
    The grass grows on their house
    In Germany.

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  4. justbeth

    My mother taught me this version as a child in the Seventies in San Diego, California. She said she learned it as a girl in Sullivan, Missouri. She was born in 1946.

    My country's mad at me
    I'm going to Germany
    To see the king
    The king is Mickey Mouse
    He runs a boarding house
    The queen is Minnie Mouse
    She smokes cigars

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  5. Anonymous

    My country 'tis of thee
    I moved to Italy
    To see the king.
    His name is Donald Duck,
    He drives a garbage truck,
    He lives in a haunted house
    With Mickey Mouse.

    A friend of mine at the time knew a version where the king was Jackie Chan, but I don't remember the words, other than "He lives in a garbage can / He smells like an oilcan".

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  6. Anonymous

    My country's tired of me
    I'm going to Germany
    To see a friend of mine
    His name is Donald Duck
    He drives a garbage truck
    From here to eternity
    God bless his dump-da-dump-dump (Dragnet rhythm)
    == West Baltimore, mid 1950's ==

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  7. Anonymous

    My country's mad at me
    sweet land of Germany
    My name is Fritz
    I like sauerkraut
    it makes my ears stand out
    From every mountain top
    Let sauerkraut sprout

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    1. Paula

      This one is close to the one I learned just can’t remember the last line.
      My countries tired of me
      I’m going to Germany
      My name is Schmitz.
      I love my sauerkraut
      It makes my ears stick out
      Just li–ke brussel sprouts
      (God save our king?)

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  8. Anonymous

    My country's mad at me
    So I went to Germany
    To see the queen.
    Her name was Daisy Duck
    She drove a garbage truck
    From sea to shining sea!

    –Late 50's in Chicago, Illinois

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  9. Merle Exit

    My country 'tis of thee
    Sweet land of Germany
    Of thee I sing
    My father was a spy
    Caught by the FBI
    Tomorrow he will die
    My name is Schulz

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  10. Pink

    My country's tired of me.
    I'm going to Germany
    To see the king.
    His name is Donald Duck.
    He drives a garbage truck.
    He works all night and day
    To earn his pay.

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  11. Pink

    Fifties, DC suburbs.

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  12. Pink

    My country's tired of me.
    I'm going to Germany
    To see the king.
    His name is Donald Duck.
    He drives a garbage truck.
    He works all night and day
    To earn his pay.

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  13. Coach Andrew

    Oddly, in my predominantly Jewish playground in Bayside Queens in the mid-60's, it went like this:

    My country's sick of me,
    Sweet land of Germany,
    Of thee I sing.
    Land where my father died,
    Wanted by the FBI,
    I'd rather live than die,
    I'm a German spy.

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  14. Jerri

    My country sick of me
    Sent me to Germany
    To see the King
    His name was Donald Duck
    He drove a garbage truck
    From every mountain side
    To the city dump!
    -Kansas, mid 90s, from my mom who learned it in the 70s (I think she lived in Arkansas or Missouri at the time).

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  15. Wayne

    My country tis of thee
    Sweet land of Germany
    My name is Fritz
    My father was a spy
    Caught by the FBI
    Hung by his purple tie
    The poor old guy!

    -Kodaikanal International School (boarding school I attendended) back in the 1960's.

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  16. Fuzzybeanerizer

    Pontiac MI area, mid-1970's:

    My country, tis of thee
    Sweet land of Germany
    My name is Fritz
    I love my sauerkraut
    It makes my ears stick out
    From every mountain side
    Let sauerkraut sprout!

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    1. Rita Webb

      My country ’tis of thee
      Sweet land of Germany
      My name is Fritz
      Give me some sauerkraut
      And leave the wieners out
      Give me som lager beer
      And I’ll stay here.

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  17. Anon Anonderson

    Southeastern PA, late 90's
    My country hated me
    Sent me to Germany
    To see the king
    His name was half made up
    He drove a garbage truck
    And he-e-e-e said to me
    (Springboards into another song I've been unable to locate on this site)
    Oh there once was a genie
    With a ten foot weenie
    And he showed it to the girl next door
    She thought it was a snake
    So she chopped it with a rake
    And now it's only four foot four
    HEY!

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  18. yuri

    My country ’tisn’t free
    I went to Germany
    To see the king.
    His name is Donald Duck
    He drives a garbage truck
    He taught me how to fuck
    And garbage fling.

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  19. Clara

    The one my brothers and I learned from my dad, to the tune of My Country Tis of Thee:

    My country hated me,
    I moved to Italy,
    To see the Pope.
    His name was Donald Duck,
    He drove a garbage truck;
    From every mountainside
    He let toots fly!

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