James K. Polk They Might Be Giants
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 1997 18:23:17 -0500
From: Brian Luskey
Subject: "James K. Polk" by They Might Be Giants
James K. Polk
by They Might Be Giants
Factory Showroom, 1996 (although written in 1990 and played often live)
C G C F (2x)
In e[C]ighteen forty-fo[G]ur, the D[C]emocr[F]ats were sp[C]lit[G] [C] [F]
The three nominees for the presidential candidate
were Martin Van Buren, a former president,
and an a[C]bol-[F]ition-[G]ist[G]
James Buchanan, a moderate
Lewis Ca[C]ss, a ge[F]neral a[G]nd exp[F]ansion[G]ist.[G]
>From Nashville came a dark horse riding up -
He was J[C]ames K. P[F]olk, "Na[C]poleon [G]of the S[C]tump."[G] [C] [F]
Austere, severe, he held few people dear.
His oratory filled his foes with fear.
The factions soon agreed, "he's just the man we need,
to bring about victory,
fulfill our manifest destiny
and annex the land the Mexicans command."
And when the vote was cast the winner was
Mister James K. Polk, "Napoleon of the Stump."
In four short years he met his every goal:
he seized the whole Southwest from Mexico,
made sure the tariffs fell, and made the English sell,
the Oregon Territory,
he built an independent treasury.
Having done all this he sought no second term.
But precious few have mourned the passing of --
Mister J[C]ames K. P[F]olk our el[C]eventh pr[G]esid[D]ent[E]
"Young H[C]icko[F]ry," "Na[C]poleon [G]of the St[C]ump."[G] [C] [F] [C]
transcription by Brian Luskey