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"Taylor, the Fine Old Southern Gentleman"

Song performed by: Dean Potter (vocals) and Tara Dirst (banjo). Recording engineer: Matt Dotson.

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AIR --- "Fine old English Gentleman."

I sing you an honest song, made by an honest pate,
Of a fine old Southern gentleman, who owns a fine estate;
And who, in peace or war, or both, has ever been first rate,
And an honor to old KENTUCK, his noble native state ---
This fine old Southern gentlemen --- one of the present time.

He isn't like your "nice young men" --- your dandy Broadway beaux ---
Who smell of Goraud's "eau jasmine," and all other kinds of eaux!
And pinch, in true Parisian boots, the excruciated toes ---
HE never "cut a swell" --- a friend --- or ought but fighting foes,
This fine old Southern gentlemen --- one of the present time.

When of vet'rans old the blood ran cold at the savage Indian's yell,
"OLD ZACHARY" stood 'midst death and blood, and earned his laurels well ---
Nor was the voice of charity o'er driven from his heart,
Which still hath been, 'mid every scene, fair mercy's counterpart.
He's a fine old Southern gentleman --- one of the present time.

HE never stood, in time of war, for holiday parade;
Or heeded all the technicals of some Generals on Parade;
He fought with gallant soldiers, who of hasty "supes" were made,
And proved that volunteers, with him, soon learned the fighting trade.
Of the fine old Southern gentleman --- one of the present time.

"Hurrah for Rough and Ready"

Song performed by Dean Potter, Leslie Beukelman (vocals), and Tara Dirst (banjo). Recording engineer: Matt Dotson.

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TUNE --- "Dan Tucker." --- Palo Alto Metre.

When Washington and Jackson fled,
Folks thought our race of heroes dead,
But Freedom to her soil still steady,
Sent gallant Taylor, "the Rough and Ready."
Hurrah, hurrah,
Hurrah, hurrah,
Both night and day with voices steady,
Shout for our gallant "Rough and Ready."

A ncole son of old Kentuck,
With a heart like a lion, an eye like a buck,
A head as clear as her skies so free,
And frame as tough as her hickory tree.
Hurrah, hurrah, &c.

In eighteen "12" 'gainst twelve to one,
He bravely saved Fort Harrison,
And made Miami's red skins fly,
From the lead of his guns, and the fire of his eye.
Hurrah, hurrah, &c.

At Florida in '37,
With five hundred men --- the foe eleven,
He burnt "red alligators" Toby,
And conquered at Lake Okeechobee.
Hurrah, hurrah, &c.

There Thompson, Brooke, and a hundred fell,
'Mid the roar of the storm and the Indian yell,
But Taylor gave the cats such cracks,
That they flew from the field like the fur from their backs.
Hurrah, hurrah, &c.

At last against the lurking foe,
The pride of Bandit, Mexico,
He met them five to one quite handy,
And gave them Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Hurrah, hurrah, &c.

He covered Palo Alto's grass,
And Resaca de la Palma's Pass,
With heads and limbs and being winner,
He fed his troops on Arista's dinner.
Hurrah, hurrah, &c.

Then hail to Zach., the first of men,
With sword or word, or with the pen,
To the people ever true and steady,
We'll find him still "Old Rough and Ready."
Hurrah, hurrah,
Hurrah, hurrah,
Both night and day with voices steady,
Shout for the gallant "Rough and Ready."

"The American Volunteer"

The trumpet sounds, my country calls,
A hostile band our shores invade,
I go to dare the cannon balls,
And die in blood by battle blade.
And Mary, gentle and sincere,
Weep not, I pray, when thus we part,
Drive from thine eyes the falling tear,
And banish sorrow from thy heart.

For, should I, coward-like, await
The foes' approach in martial pride,
And see them force our farm-house gate,
With lust and rapine by their side,
I could not bear the keen rebuke
Thy screams would speak in that dread how
I could not bear the helpless look,
When struggling with a ruffian's power.

No! get my war-horse, I'll away
And meet the invader on the strand,
And they shall surely rue the day
They dared upon our coast to land.
And weep not, Mary, if I fail,
Nor heave thy bosom with a sigh —
Death is the common lot of all,
'Tis for my country I shall die.

And teach our little darling boy
That life is not with slavery wed;
Teach him yield it up with joy,
At Freedom's call, on Honour's bed.
Tell him 'twas thus our heroes fought
And, Mary, be thou sure to tell
Our little one; that thus he ought
To fight — for thus his father fell.

Song Analysis Worksheet

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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