Title: Jimmy Polk of Tennessee
Air: Dandy Jim of Caroline
Lyrics: J. Greinerl
Published by G.E. Blake, Philadelphia, 1844
This campaign song was written to mock the Democrats for choosing the "Dark Horse" candidate, James K. Polk. The lyrics were written to a popular minstrel song.
Oh, Ev'ry day brings something new,
The Locofocos find it so;
And strange events have proved to Martin
That doutbful things are very unsartin
But hark, the people rising say
that is not the man to cope with Clay
Ha, ha, ha such a nominee
As Jimmy Polk of Tennessee
Come listen Whigs and Locs all,
Your kind attention here I call,
And mark the burthen of the glee,
Ex-Speaker Polk of Tennessee.
Polk's choice occasioned some surprise,
Good Democrats rolled up their eyes,
Our candidate, pray, who is he?
Why James K. Polk of Tennessee
But soon their vast excitement o'er.
They see what ne'er was seen before.
The best selection that could be.
Ex-Speaker Polk of Tennessee
Fall down before a better man,
Than even little Matty Van,
Buchanan too, must bow the knee,
To Ex-Speaker Polk of Tennessee