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chico Lyr Add: Assorted Campaign Songs (1840 election) (14) Lyr Add: When This Old Hat (Campaign of 1840) 01 Aug 05


When this old hat was new (Democrat's Version)
AIR --- 'Folks that put on airs'

      D                G          D          A7
When this old hat was new, some twenty years ago
    Bm            G                A7         D
The Fed'ralists began to fear their final overthrow
    A7             D            G                  D
And so to keep the party up and make it look like 'blue'
          Bm                   G                  A7             D
They've changed their names a dozen times since this old hat was new

    D               G            D                   A7
And so to keep the party up and make it look like 'blue'
          Bm                   G                  A7    (G)      D
They've changed their names a dozen times since this old hat was new

When this old hat was new, they thought the people fools
And still they hope for Fed'ral ends to find them willing tools
But though they've often changed their names as knaves are wont to do
Their doctrines look just as they did when this old hat was new

When this old hat was new, the Feds despised the poor
And blushed if ever they were caught within a 'cabin' door
The Democrats alone were found among the toiling crew
Logs were not rolled in ruffle shirts, when this old hat was new

When this old hat was new, 'tis said, one Henry Clay
While all the Feds cried out, 'Amen' would thus devoutly pray
He prayed for 'War and pestilence and hungry famine too
Before a military chief!', when this old hat was new

When this old hat was new, if I remember well
Among the heroes of the time, 'Old Hickory' bore the bell
'Dick Johnson' next in honor stood among the noble few
For Dick was 'Hero of the Thames', when this old hat was new.

When this old hat was new, the fed'rals used to boast
But often found the reckoning to be without their host
And now they think that Harrison will 'run' till all is blue
Because he used to run so fast when this old hat was new,

When this old hat was new, ere 'patent Whigs' were made
Old Tip was a Federalist and wore the black cockade
But now he is--the Lord knows what--he's hidden from our view!
Though I suspect he's what he was when this old hat was new,

When this old hat was new, Van Buren was the man
The people loved, altho' abused by all the Federal clan
A Democrat, unnmoved, unchanged, still to his country true
He's ever been her friend and guard, Since this old hat was new

[Albany Argus, August 29, 1840 Verses]


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