Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans
"Don't Let's Be Beastly To The Germans" was a satirical, patriotic song popular in Britain in World War II. It was composed by Noël Coward. Although popular when performed live (British prime minister Winston Churchill demanded several encores when he first heard it) the humour did not translate well over the wireless and caused some fuss, leading the BBC to ban the song.
The refrain is:
- Don't let's be beastly to the Germans
- When our victory is ultimately won,
- It was just those nasty Nazis who persuaded them to fight
- And their Beethoven and Bach are really far worse than their bite
- Let's be meek to them
- And turn the other cheek to them
- And try to bring out their latent sense of fun.
- Let's give them full air parity
- And treat the rats with charity,
- But don't let's be beastly to the Hun.
- The Guardian, Friday 12 April 2002 "Leaders of the banned" Retrieved on 2008-12-16