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Song Parodies -> "Good Old Sweden"

Original Song Title:

"In the Navy"

Original Performer:

The Village People

Parody Song Title:

"Good Old Sweden"

Parody Written by:

Robert D. Arndt Jr.

The Lyrics

Peter should love this! Sweden, although officially neutral during WW2, played both sides in an import/export war. Both the Germans and British drew up plans to invade, but ultimately declined. Sweden helped both sides. For Germany, Sweden provided iron ore, steel, machine parts; allowed rail transport for the Germany Army to Finland; 250 Swedes joined the Waffen SS to fight in Russia; and some mining against Soviet submarines. For the Allies, Sweden trained soldiers from Denmark and Norway; gathered Intelligence against Germany and provided Britain with a recovered V-2 rocket; allowed Allied use of airbases, saved 8000 Jews, helped with the breaking of Enigma and other German codes; and provided ball bearings to Britain via covert Mosquito transport runs!!! 37% of all exports went to Germany. German subs, aircraft, and Pirate Ships sunk Swedish vessels selling to Britain. And, had the Swedes threatened to stop iron ore shipment prepared a plan to invade or at least bombard Stockholm with the V-1 and V-2 from Norway while using the V-4 on Misdroy! Never happened. Sweden was neutral but more Pro-German than Pro-Allies. Churchill wanted Sweden punished for neutrality violations that contributed to Nazi war crimes, but defining neutrality was problematic since Britain was a benefactor as well!!
World War II displeasure
So Sweden offered treasure
"Play them both" psychology
Like Switzerland or Spain, do what you've gotta do
Hitler's demands: invasion-free
No one has to die
No Stukas in a dive
No assault by land or sea
Sweden takes no stand
Just gives in to Reich demands
In exchange for gold and beef (coal too)!!!

(Chorus)
Good old Sweden
Yes, it claims neutrality
Good old Sweden
Yes, sells iron ore to please
Good old Sweden
Sure did bow, refused to take a stand
Good old Sweden, Good old Sweden
Gave the Germans a helping hand
Good old Sweden
Come on, protect the motherland
Good old Sweden
Steel, ball bearings in demand
Good old Sweden
Permittenttrafik fur Fatherland
Good old Sweden, Good old Sweden, Good old Sweden (Kept on cheatin')

Saved some Jews, Danish too
Gave the Allies airbase use!

Trained foreign soldiers
Took French and British orders
Broke some Jer-codes fast
To Farnborough a crate
Was a V-2s fate
Enough raw materials to last
Since the war began
A high price to pay
But they didn't worry 'bout a thing
Claimed neutrality
Feigned bravery
While exporting to enemies!

(Chorus)

Covert loads, Mosquitos
How they did it- few do know!

Safety!
Avert a Nazi blow!

The right to choose, right thing to do
Avoid the sound of loud jackboots!

Ships, ships, ships, on the water
On the move
To both Britain AND Germany!

Ball bearings... war meat & gravy!

Germans are so ruthless
Gotta sell them everything!

Britain too, it was all so crazy!

(Chorus)
The German invasion of Sweden was planned in 1943 in two operations. Operation I would use the Luftwaffe to destroy the obsolete Swedish AF on the ground on Day 1 as well as the use of Fallschirmjaeger to secure strategic interests. Meanwhile, the 25th Panzer Div with 3 other divisions would cross from Norway into Swrden headed for Ostersund. In Operation II more divisions would follow to take Varmland. In Blitzkrieg style, it was expected that Stockholm would surrender quickly after massive losses. Despite efforts to modernize their forces and buy new military hardware, in 1943 the Germans held the advantage. Many Swedish officers were also Pro-German, so it was expected that the fighting would be short.

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Peter Andersson - October 08, 2015 - Report this comment
Well, in school they tought us (I was born in '65) those were the days when official neutrality was born as the then only way to handle that Sweden was catastrophically unprepared for war, long thinking its geographical position would help sit it out like WW1. Also, we were on good terms with everyone before WW2 (except for the Russians); at least a million starvation refugees left for the US in the late 19th century, our king was (and is) of French descent, German was the second language in all higher education (remember that German was the worldwide first language for all important science up until WW2). Language was also probably really important for those who ended up on the wrong side fighting on the eastern front, imagine you only knew Swedish and German and you wanted to sign up fighting communism during the early days of the war because you thought that communism was worse than nazism, the holocaust and other atrocities weren't known to the general public at that time. So things pretty much played out as the stage had been set without any real intent, it couldn't much go any other way, unless our leaders had wanted to be occupied. The one thing to be ashamed off in our history though is this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statens_institut_f%C3%B6r_rasbiologi (dont write a parody about it please, just depressing how dumb people were less than a century back).
Rob Arndt - October 08, 2015 - Report this comment
Peter, hope you didn't take this the wrong way. It's a parody, but packed with my usual large amount of information most people don't know. It's not a put down at all. Sweden did more for the good guys than for Germany, but you're right, Sweden was unprepared to fight Nazi aggression. When the war started Sweden was low on troops, vessels, and especially new aircraft. America shipped P-35 and P-66 aircraft, but Sweden eventually got obsolete Fiats and Capronis from Italy ( an Axis nation)! The old Gloster aircraft were junk. It was trade or be conquered and even France and Britain wanted to invade N Sweden. Britain, like Germany, however, needed Swedish ball bearings so agreement was made on shipments. All exports put a strain on Swedish living with massive shortages. Germany paid with gold bullion, food, and coal. When Germany started to lose in 1943 and got worse in 1944, Sweden instituted smuggler prices... and yet Germany paid. Both sides sunk Swedish ships supplying the other side, but Sweden helped Finland mine the waters again Soviet subs and sent 10,000 to fight in the Winter War. Only 250 volunteered to help the Germans against Russia. Germany was very worried in 1945 that Sweden would switch to the Allies. Plans were made to ship V- weapons to Norway to start bombardment as an invasion was out of the question by then (would require 20 divisions)! Also, the last V-weapon ( Henschel V-4 extended range ramjet cruise missile) was rushed to Misdroy to hit Stockholm. The ramps were erected pointing north. But time ran out. No engines were mated to the airframes. Postwar, the mystery Scandinavian "Ghost Rockets" were Soviet tests of German weapons from Misdroy and Peenemunde!
Rob Arndt - October 08, 2015 - Report this comment
Some other things you might wanna know about Sweden. Postwar, Saab went to Switzerland to view German aircraft projects and so altered the Tunnan fighter with swept-back wings (25o). In 1947, Sweden bought German armor from France and Norway (Panther, King Tiger, StuG III, and Hetzer). Latter two led to the development of the famous S-Tank. And lastly, Sweden helped the Germans with the mystery sub anchor still sitting 285 underwater off their eastern coast.
Peter Andersson - October 08, 2015 - Report this comment
It's OK Rob! When I was young the ball bearings manufacturer SKF (Svenska Kullagerfabriken) seemed to always be mentioned with more importance than it deserved compared to other companies and/or Swedish inventions like the milk/cream separator by Alfa Laval (I am a farm boy after all), not until now have I understood why, selling them to both sides helped Sweden avoid getting invaded.
Rob Arndt - October 08, 2015 - Report this comment
Btw, Happy 50th Peter! I am a year older than you.
vAnn - October 08, 2015 - Report this comment
know the OS.
Tom - October 15, 2015 - Report this comment
Wow! A history lesson and a parody! 5s!
Fred - October 17, 2015 - Report this comment
Isn't it true that although having a military that Sweden hasn't fought a real war in over two hundred years? Also, what is this business about black ice cream in Sweden???
Rob Arndt - October 17, 2015 - Report this comment
Technically not true. Sweden sent J29 fighters to Congo in 1961. They flew under UN command as recon and strike birds. Sweden has sent peacekeepers to 11 nations and cross train with many armies. They are part of the European Rapid Response Forces. Btw, the J29 was equivalent to both the F-86 and MiG-15 (which borrowed from the Me P.1101 and Fw Ta 183, respectively)! As for black ice cream... ask Peter!
Peter Andersson - October 18, 2015 - Report this comment
Already when I was a child there was a popular ice cream called "Nogger" containing a soft Nougat center. Nothing racist about it as far as I know, just a product pun name on Nougat from when that was a novellty. The ice cream maker GB almost had a national monopoly back then. As time went and big supermarket freezers got more common more companies entered the market, capitalism at work and all that jazz, hence GB started to lose percentages of the ice cream market. Enter the next novellty, soft licorice ice cream centers, and some market non-genious over at GB decided to go with the name "Nogger Black". PC-media went mad with outragism during a slow news week and, well, no need to expand on the details I guess, company heads rolled and the product disappared.
Rob Arndt - October 18, 2015 - Report this comment
Inspiration for the Tunnan ;-) http://www.wehrmacht-history.com/images/luftwaffe/fighters/messerschmitt-me-p-1101-fighter-5.jpg

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