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Question #14153 posted on 04/06/2005 3:01 a.m.

Dear Estimable 100 Hour Board,

In the movie Mississippi Burning, in the first scene with Gene Hackman's character, he looks over and recites what appears to be a Ku Klux Klan folk song. The lyrics go something like, "Now listen you communists, n----rs and jews, tell all your buddies to spread the news./your day of judgment will soon be nigh as the lord in his widom looks down from on high./Will his battle be lost by mixing races?" I believe the title would be "The Ku Klux Klan is Here to Stay," but I am unsure of this.

I need to find whether this song is actual source material for the Klan of the 1960s or if it is merely a contrivance created for the film. Online and Folklore journal searches have not been fruitful in determining this. Could you perhaps point me to a citation of this song prior to the movie Mississippi Burning?

Much appreciated.

- Dohert

A: Dear Dolhert-

As far as I can tell, the song was for the movie. I could be wrong, but nothing I found indicated an earlier iteration.

-The Franchise