"Commando" as written by and Thomas/cummings Erdelyi....
They do their best, they do what they can
They get them ready for Vietnam

From old Hanoi to East Berlin
Commando, involved again

They do their best, they do what they can
They get them ready for Vietnam

First rule is "the laws of Germany"
Second rule is "be nice to mommy"
Third rule is "don't talk to Commies"
Fourth rule is "eat kosher salamis"

They do their best, they do what they can
They get them ready for Vietnam

From old Hanoi to East Berlin
Commando, involved again

They do their best, they do what they can
They get them ready for Vietnam

First rule is "the laws of Germany"
Second rule is "be nice to mommy"
Third rule is "don't talk to Commies"
Fourth rule is "eat kosher salamis"


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"Commando" as written by Douglas Colvin Dee Dee Ramone

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    General Commentevery morning the NAZI principal makes us say the mission statement. I always say "First rule is: The laws of Germany. Second rule is: Be nice to mommy. Third rule is: Don't talk to commies. Fourth rule is: Eat kosher salamis!" and the people around me are like, "what the fuck?" and i'm like, "look it up, kids." i love this song.
    gabbagabbaheygirlon April 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always thought it was "fourth rule is- eat cookies, a lot of 'em!"

    i'm sad i was wrong.
    awk777on March 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf you want another good view of Dee Dee's early life and troubles, study the lyrics of "Poison Heart."
    I think this song and that one, along with "53rd and 3rd," "Chinese Rock," and any of the songs about bad relationships tell much of his story.
    PeteyRamoneon February 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI tend to agree with PeteyRamone's assessment. The song was written by Dee Dee Ramone, so it makes sense to align with his life growing up in Germany with a military father.

    But in an interview with Your Flesh Magazine on his book The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGBS: A Secret History of Jewish Punk, Steven Lee Beeber gives this point of view: "it combines tongue in cheek fascism, digs at Nazis, silliness and shout outs to New York Jews in one nice package, namely, the chorus, which lists the rules for mercenaries."
    TdyYrLoveon January 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttool performed a cover of this song during their recent tour on their stop at radio city music hall in new york. tool, like everyone else should, appreciates the impact that the ramones have had on music
    dannyboyon August 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt was a great cover too...search for it with your file sharing program.
    Aneurysm1985on March 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSECOND RULE IS BE NICE TO NAZIS, BECAUSE REMEBER ITS GERAMNY FIGHTING
    GABBA GABBA HEY!on October 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbe nice to nazis? i hope ur being sarcastic, becuase if ur not... FUCK YOU
    lilcrowon December 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI seriously thought it was "don't talk to Ghandi", not "don't talk to commies" ... either way ...
    Child Of Musicon April 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah i always thought that too.....and it would makes sense; if you're going to be a -thirsty comando; dont listen to Ghandi
    rockstothebasson February 04, 2006   Link

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