Presidential Campaign Songs, 1789-1996

Presidential Campaign Songs, 1789-1996

Oscar Brand SFW45051

"Attack ads," "character assassinations," and "spin doctors" are not new in American Presidential campaigns. Before radio and television, campaign songs were written and published to transmit similar ideas and influence voters. This collection includes one song from the campaign of every President, from George Washington to William Clinton performed by folk singer Oscar Brand and recorded in 1998. Set to marches and popular tunes, accompanied by banjo, guitar, percussion, and wind, these songs present some of the enduring themes of American political campaigns and the events that have influenced them. Includes "Follow Washington," "Jefferson and Liberty," "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," "Lincoln and Liberty," "Grant, Grant, Grant," "Roosevelt the Cry," "I'm Just Wild About Harry," "Buckle Down With Nixon," "California Here We Come," "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" and 33 others. For ages 9 and up. 69 minutes. Extensive liner notes. "One of the most thoroughly unique folk records released in 1999, Presidential Campaign Songs is also a thorough and unique look at America's political history. An important and well-crafted historical document, Presidential Campaigning Songs educates and entertains in equal measure." —Heather Phares, All Music Guide

Year Released 1999
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 1999 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) Children's; Historical Song
Country(s) United States
Instrument(s) Guitar; Vocals
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Folksong revival; United States History

Download Liner Notes

101 Free Elections Oscar Brand 0:29
102 Follow Washington (George Washington) Oscar Brand 1:03
103 Adams and Liberty (John Adams) Oscar Brand 1:38
104 For Jefferson and Liberty (Thomas Jefferson) Oscar Brand 1:53
105 Huzzah for Madison, Huzzah (James Madison) Oscar Brand 1:25
106 Monroe is the Man (James Monroe) Oscar Brand 1:31
107 Little Know Ye Who's Coming (John Quincy Adams) Oscar Brand 2:00
108 Jackson and Kentucky (Andrew Jackson) Oscar Brand 2:12
109 Rockabye, Baby (Martin Van Buren) Oscar Brand 1:26
110 The Harrison Yankee Doodle (William Henry Harrison) Oscar Brand 1:14
111 Tippacanoe and Tyler, Too (John Tyler) Oscar Brand 1:17
112 Jimmy Polk of Tennessee (James Polk) Oscar Brand 1:40
113 Rumadum Dum (Zachary Taylor) Oscar Brand 1:21
114 The Union Wagon (Millard Fillmore) Oscar Brand 1:44
115 Pierce and King (Franklin Pierce) Oscar Brand 1:38
116 Buchanan and John Breckenridge (James Buchanan) Oscar Brand 1:14
117 Lincoln and Liberty (Abraham Lincoln) Oscar Brand 2:12
118 Just Before Election, Andy (Andrew Johnson) Oscar Brand 1:44
119 Grant, Grant, Grant (Ulysses S. Grant) Oscar Brand 1:28
120 For Hayes and Wheeler, Too (Rutherford B. Hayes) Oscar Brand 1:22
121 If the Johnnies Get Into Power Again (James A. Garfield) Oscar Brand 1:47
122 Democrats, Good Democrats (Grover Cleveland) Oscar Brand 1:40
123 He's All Right (Benjamin Harrison) Oscar Brand 1:23
124 Marching with McKinley (William McKinley) Oscar Brand 2:06
125 Roosevelt the Cry (Theodore Roosevelt) Oscar Brand 1:17
126 Get on a Raft with Taft (William H. Taft) Oscar Brand 1:37
127 Wilson, That's All (Woodrow Wilson) Oscar Brand 1:53
128 Harding, You're the Man for Us (Warren Harding) Oscar Brand 1:23
129 Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge (Calvin Coolidge) Oscar Brand 2:20
130 If He's Good Enough for Lindy (Herbert Hoover) Oscar Brand 1:38
131 Franklin D. Roosevelt's Back Again (Franklin Delano Roosevel t) Oscar Brand 1:52
132 I'm Just Wild About Harry (Harry S. Truman) Oscar Brand 0:50
133 I Like Ike (Dwight Eisenhower) Oscar Brand 0:43
134 Marching Down to Washington (John Kennedy) Oscar Brand 1:06
135 Hello, Lyndon (Lyndon Johnson) Oscar Brand 1:05
136 Buckle Down with Nixon (Richard Nixon) Oscar Brand 1:19
137 I'm Feeling Good About America (Gerald Ford) Oscar Brand 1:24
138 Why Not the Best? (Jimmy Carter) Oscar Brand 2:30
139 California, Here We Come (Ronald Reagan) Oscar Brand 0:39
140 This Land is Your Land (George Bush) Oscar Brand 1:31
141 Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow (William Clinton) Oscar Brand 2:21
142 The Same Merry Go-Round Oscar Brand 1:45
143 Song of the Presidents Oscar Brand 4:26
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