"You Rascal You" is an American song written by Sam Theard in 1929,[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.

"You Rascal You"
Songwriter(s)Sam Theard

It has been recorded by Clarence Willams, Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Fats Waller, Louis Jordan, Jimmie Noone, Cab Calloway, Louis Prima, Fats Domino, John Fogerty, Dr. John, Henry "Rufe" Johnson, Serge Gainsbourg alone and in a duet with Eddy Mitchell, Ingrid Michaelson, Taj Mahal, and Hanni El Khatib, whose version was used in a television advertisement for the movie The Imposter.

Theard made a follow-up song in 1930 titled "I Done Caught That Rascal Now".[1]

In other mediaEdit

The song is played by Louis Armstrong in the Betty Boop cartoon I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You (1932). It is also performed by, then child star, Sammy Davis, Jr. in Rufus Jones for President (1932).

The song can also be found in the Gary Cooper movie, The General Died at Dawn (1936). Part of this song is sung by the character Brighton, played by William Frawley.

The song opens Grumpier Old Men.

This song was also performed in the 1942 movie Reunion in France.

The song is referenced and reproduced in part in Isaac Asimov's novel I, Robot. [3]

The song is referenced in Rudolf Fisher's novel The Conjure Man Dies: A Mystery Tale of Dark Harlem (1932)

The song is referenced repeatedly, music is on audio trace, and snatches are sung in the Made for HBO movie, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000) with Judi Dench, Olympia Dukakis, Ian Holm, Billie Whitelaw, and Joan Sims. It becomes a shared catchphrase between her character and that character's granddaughter.

The song is featured in the 2019 film, Bolden, performed by Reno Wilson as Louis Armstrong.


  1. ^ a b Abrams, Steve and Settlemier, Tyrone. "BRUNSWICK Records - 7000 'Race' series 78rpm numerical discography." The Online Discographical Project, accessed Dec 26, 2015
  2. ^ "ACE Repertory". Ascap.com. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  3. ^ Asimov, Isaac (1950). I, Robot. Gnome Press. ISBN 9780553382563.