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Song Analysis Worksheet

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If your song can be played, listen to your song first. Then read through the lyrics several times, and begin filling out this sheet. Remember — you shouldn't just focus on what the song says about the candidate. What does it say about the opposing candidate or party? What does the song imply about the person who votes for Harrison, Taylor or Lincoln? If no examples exist, just write “none” in the space provided and move on.

Class Appeal: Do the lyrics appeal to a particular class (farmers, bankers, aristocracy, etc)? Provide specific evidence and examples.







Intellectual Appeal: Would this song appeal to a person concerned with certain political, social, or economic issues? If so, what issues are mentioned? Provide specific evidence and examples.







Moral Appeal: Would this song appeal to a person concerned with particular moral issues, or would expect a candidate to possess certain virtues? What issues and virtues are they? Provide specific evidence and examples.







Military Involvement: Does the song refer to any battles or the candidate's military service? How are these portrayed? Provide specific evidence and examples.







Appearance: Do the lyrics discuss physical appearance or overall image? Provide specific evidence and examples.







Focus: Overall, what is the focus of this song? What point or points is it trying to get across? What image is being painted of the Harrison, Taylor, or Lincoln? What image does the song paint about the opposing party and candidate? What does the song say about you, the voter, if you chose this candidate?







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