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Songs from elections long past...!

Posted by kc8tby on Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Here's hoping everyone of you living here in the good old US of A has gotten out sometime during the day today to cast your vote!

Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Tea Party, who cares?  What counts is that YOU took the time to vote, and, if the truth be told, your vote COUNTS!!

OK, now being the history buff that I am, I thought I might share with you, my fellow folk musicians, some election songs from a much earlier time in our great nation's history.

Here are a few of my favorites:

The Fremont Train (1846)

Tyler and Tippecanoe (1840)

Jefferson and Liberty ! (1800)

Rally 'round the cause, boys! (1864)

Little Mac Shall be Restored (1864)

Hurray for Grant !(1868)

When Grover's Term Comes to an End (1888)

Shout McKinley ! (1896)

We Want Willkie! (1940)

You can find recordings of these and many more "election" songs from our gloried past at a web site named:  Smithsonian Folkways. Here's a link to that site:

Many of these songs, in their original versions,featured banjos galore!  So, grab your banjo and start celebrating this great and wonderful democracy that gives each and every one of us a vote that counts!

Now thats something worth pick'in about, right?  As one of our well known female politicians would say: "You bettcha!"

Happy election day!!




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