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chico Lyr Add: Assorted Campaign Songs (Teddy R years)^^ (1) Lyr Add: Assorted Campaign Songs (Teddy R years) 02 Sep 05




(Campaign of 1904) Roosevelt the Cry.txt

AIR -- 'Scots Wha Hae' (with allowance)

D         
Lincoln's name and McKinley too,
G                         A7
They traduced and would on you
D          A       Bm                G            A
Trust them, I would not, would you? Roosevelt the Cry!

D         A7 D
Let the democrat named Hill
A            7
All his evil venom spill
D         A       Bm            G            A
Yet he'll taste a bitter pill, Roosevelt the Cry!

History shall write his name
On the immortal scroll of fame
They shall all his deeds proclaim, Roosevelt the Cry!

D         A7 D   G    D
Roosevelt the Soldier True,
A                      7
Roosevelt the Statesman Too
D       A       Bm             G            D
Same for me, and same for you, Roosevelt the Cry!

* * *

(Campaign of 1912) Teddy Must Be King.txt

AIR -- 'Just Before the Battle Mother'

A                      D      E7                      A   
Just before the battle brother, we are planning what to do
                D       E7                            A
With the GOP before us, with their statesmen tried and true
                            D       B7                   E7
We must smash them all to pieces, Teddy he will tell us how,
A                      D      E7                     A?
We must know no other leader, simply to his plans we bow

                      D
Let us then be up and doing
B7                      E7
Father every plan they bring
A                        D    (7)
Smash the poor old Constitution,
E7                   A
Teddy he must be our King


We are throughly progressive, running after Teddy's hat
Though it's kicked and punched and sat on, Till it's tattered torn and flat
Still we're crying down the bosses Teddy's boss enough for us
Any other that would dictate simply seeks to make fuss

Trusts are bad but some are good ones you can tell them if you will
All the good ones very freely put their money in our till
So that we can buy the people they will get it by and by
Simply when election's over they will price their product

There's no need of legislatures and the courts are out of date
You will know by asking Teddy, and you will not have to wait
When we have one with such wisdom who can tell us everything
There can be no earthly reason why he should not be our king

[source: "Fairbanks' Republican Campaign Songs". Roosevelt was running for an unprecedented third term, hence the reference to the Constitution.]
[Satirical view of T. Roosevelt's ambitions and followers]

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(Campaign of 1912) What a Weapon is the Ballot.txt

AIR -- 'What a friend we have in Jesus'

D                   G       D                         A
What a weapon is the ballot, all our wrongs and ills to cure
D                         G   D               A      D
When oppression grows so heavy that we can no more endure
A7                     D      G       D    (Em)    Asus (A)
Oh what ills we often suffer what injustice o'er us rolls
D                     G    D    A             D
All because we do not carry every burden to the polls

Are you homeless poor and wandring, tho you've toiled throught the year
Are you wife and children needy is the future dark and rear
Has your labor naught relieved you? Are there landlords grasping tolls?
You should never be discouraged, you can right it at the polls.




[Socialism in Song by Rev. MA Smith, 1911. Song used in Socialist Party elections, esp. for Eugene Debs, perennial nominee]



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