Illustrated political chart, a cartoon of American politics and the Tapeworm Party
Illustrated political chart, a cartoon of American politics and the Tapeworm Party


Air — “Rosin the Bow.”

Ye jolly young lads of the nation
And all ye sick Democrats, too,
Come out from the Free Trader party
And vote for young Tippecanoe.

Chorus — And vote for young Tippecanoe, etc.

The ides of November is coming,
The Demmies begin to look blue;
They know there’s no chance for poor Grover
For we’ll elect Tippecanoe.

Chorus— For we’ll elect Tippecanoe, etc.

Good men from the Demmies are flying
Which makes them look kinder askew,
For they see that the numbers are swelling
That follow young Tippecanoe.

Chorus — That follow young Tippecanoe, etc.

His grandfather lived in a cabin,
And drank mugs of good cider, too,
But he got to be President, certain,
And so will young Tippecanoe.

Chorus — And so will young Tippecanoe, etc.

Our slogan of battle, “Protection!”
Our flag, the old red, white and blue!
We’ll march to a glorious triumph
This year, with young Tippecanoe.

Chorus — This year, with young Tippecanoe, etc.

And if on the march we get thirsty,
I’ll tell you just what we will do —
We’ll carry a keg of hard cider
And drink with young Tippecanoe.

Chorus — And drink with young Tippecanoe, etc.


The Free Trade party was the Democratic one.

Young Tippecanoe was Benjamin Harrison (grandson of William Henry Harrison, of the “Log Cabin and Hard Cider” campaign of 1840).

Grover is Grover Cleveland, the incumbent (Democratic) president.

The Demmies are the Democrats.

William Henry Harrison  did not live in a log cabin (although he may have seen one, once, at a distance).  Nor did he drink hard cider by preference.  But this working-man’s image was one that the Democrats in 1888, like the Whigs in 1840, were trying hard to hang on him.

Tomorrow: New Comic Song

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