Gone to Texas

Matty meeting the Texas question


HERE’S A HEALTH TO OUR OWN HARRY CLAY.

Tune, — Hurrah for the Bonnets o Blue.
Here’s a health to the workingman’s friend.
Here’s good luck to the Plough and the Loom,
And who will not join in support of our cause,
May light dinners and ill-luck illume.

It’s good from true faith ne’er to swerve,
It’s good from the right ne’er to stray.
It’s good to maintain America’s Cause,
And stick by our own Harry Clay.

Here’s a health to our own Harry Clay,
Hurrah for our own Harry Clay,
It’s good to maintain America’s cause,
And stick by our own Harry Clay.

Here’s a health to the sons of “Kentuck,”
Here’s good will to her matrons and sires,
Here’s a health to our Harry, the pride of his State,
Whose name ev’ry true heart inspires.

Hurrah! for our own Harry Clay.
We’ll shout him from Texas to Maine,
If once in his life he perchance has missed fire,
“Pick his flint, and then try him again.”

Here’s a health to our own Harry Clay,
Hurrah! for our own Harry Clay,
It’s good to maintain America’s cause,
And stick by our own Harry Clay.


Notes:

The tune is “Here’s a Health to Them That’s Awa'” by Robert Burns, published posthumously in 1818.  The “Charlie” that Burns refers to is not Charles Edward Stuart, but rather Charles James Fox.

The workingman’s friend refers to the protective tariff.

It’s odd that the Whigs should be shouting him from Texas to Maine since Texas wasn’t a state at that point, and one of the Whigs’ goals was to keep Texas out of the United States.


Tomorrow: Yet more filler!

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