You Rascal You

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"You Rascal You" is an American song written by Sam Theard in 1931,[1] and legally titled "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead."[2] The lyrics take the form of threats and complaints leveled against a man who has repaid the singer's hospitality and kindness by running off with the singer's wife.

It has been covered by Clarence Willams, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Jimmie Noone, Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, John Fogerty, Dr. John, Serge Gainsbourg, Ingrid Michaelson, Eddy Mitchell, Taj Mahal, and Hanni El Khatib, whose version is being used in a TV ad.


The song is played by Louis Armstrong in the Betty Boop cartoon I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You (1932).


  1. ^ Shapiro, Nat. Popular Music: Volume 4 1930-39, Adrian Press, 1968, p. 64.
  2. ^ ASCAP Title Search

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