Lesson Plan 7: Harrison Team Songs and Analysis Worksheet

 "Little Vanny"

Song performed by: Chad Sheridan, Jason Schreiber (vocals) and Tara Dirst (banjo). Recording engineer: Matt Dotson.

Tune: "Rosin the Bow."

You can't make a song to Van Buren,
Because his long name will not do;
There's nothing about him allurin',
As there is about Tippecanoe!

He never was seen in a battle,
Where bullet and cannon shot flew;
His nerves would be shocked with the rattle
Of a contest like Tippecanoe!

While Harrison march'd to the border---
Sly Van staid at home as you know,
Afraid of the smell of gun-powder--
Then hurrah for Old Tippecanoe!

Little Matt was too tender a dandy,
To shoulder a musket and go
Where Harrison battled so handy,
As he did when at Tippecanoe;

But snug in his pretty silk stockings,
And dressed in his broadcloth all new,
He roasted his shins in a parlour--
Not fighting like Tippecanoe.

And now with his gold spoons and dishes,
He lives like a king with his crew;
He'll feast on the loaves and the fishes,
Till we put in Old Tippecanoe.

"Should Brave Old Soldiers Be Forgot?"

Song performed by: Chad Sheridan, Jason Schreiber (vocals) and Tara Dirst (banjo). Recording engineer: Matt Dotson.

Tune --- "Auld Lang Syne."

SHOULD brave old soldiers be forgot?
Should patriots fail to twine
Wreaths, glorious wreaths for those who fought
In days of old lang syne?
No! long as life endures will we
Deep in our hearts enshrine
The name of those who made us free
In days of old lang syne.

Proud England gloating o'er her crown,
And King and Rights Divine,
Sent forth her slaves to chain us down,
In days of old lang syne;
But freedom's champions averr'd
They'd make her lion whine;
And nobly did they keep their word,
In days of old lang syne.

They drew a charter strong and full ---
Nor did they fear to sign
The bulletin that prick'd John Bull,
And cut in every line.
Among those hearts of flint, whose fire
Lit up the flame benign,
Was Harrison --- Tip's sainted sire,
A whig of old lang syne.

But not the father's fame alone
Exalts the soldier son ---
He had bright laurels of his own,
In hard fought battles won!
The Wabash banks --- Fort Meigs --- the Thames ---
Their tributes all combine
To rank him high with those whose names
Were dear in old lang syne.

And who's Van Buren, where and when
Did he lead on the brave;
Or raise his voice, or wield his pen,
Or ope his purse, to save?
While Tip gave fight he styled the war
"Disastrous and malign,"
And richly earned a coat of tar
As tories did lang syne.

The knapsack pillow'd Harry's head,
The hard ground eas'd his toils;
While Martin on his downy bed
Could dream of naught but "spoils."
And shall the blue-light rule the free?
Shall freedom's star decline?
Forbid it Heaven? Forbid it ye
Who bled in old lang syne.

Is Harrison one whit the worse,
Because he'd not secure,
As Martin did, a long, full purse, ---
But went from office poor!
And does the low "Log Cabin" hearth
Unfit Old Tip to shine?
Did no log homes give nobles birth
In days of old lang syne?

What though the hero's hard, "huge paws,"
Were wont to plough and sow!
Does that disgrace our sacred cause!
Does that degrade him? No!
Whig farmers are our nation's nerve,
Its bone --- its very spine!
They'll never swerve --- they did not swerve
In days of old lang syne.

No ruffled shirt, no silken hose,
No airs does Tip display;
But like the "pith of worth," he goes
In homespun "hoddin grey."
Upon his board there ne'er appear'd
The costly "sparkling wine,"
But plain "Hard Cider," such as cheer'd
In days of old lang syne.

Connecticut has raised the heel
Tip's tory foes to bruise;
And keenly do their vitals feel
The tread of Jersey Blues.
November ides will give the stroke ---
Hard, final, and condign ---
A blow like that which snapped the yoke
In days of old lang syne.

Yes, Tip must grace the big "white house!"
(Alas for groom and cook!)
And van on Kabbitch-stalks must brouse,
At home, sweet home --- the 'hook!
Thrice hail, Old Tip! "Log Cabin" Tip!
"Hard Cider" Tip! --- To you
The helm we give! --- hail, noble ship!
"Land ho!" the port's in view!
Huzza, huzza! Kind Heaven be praised ---
The Star, the Star benign,
Shines bright! --- 'tis Freedom's star that blazed
In days of old lang syne.

"Song of the Jackson Men"

Song performed by: Chad Sheridan, Jason Schreiber (vocals) and Tara Dirst (banjo). Recording engineer: Matt Dotson.

AIR --- "Rosin the bow."

COME listen my trusty old cronies
I'll sing you a short verse or two,
And I know you will not be offended,
Should I sing of Old Tippecanoe.

His enemies call him a coward,
And sneer at his poverty too,
But a true-hearted Jackson-man never,
Will slander the brave and the true.

But a true hearted democrat ever,
Will honor the brave and the true,
And leave it to British and tories,
To slander Old Tippecanoe.

And who pray is Martin Van Buren,
What wonders did he ever do?
Was he in the battle of Orleans,
Meigs, Thames or Old Tippecanoe?

O! no, he had no taste for fighting,
Such rough work he never could do,
He skirked it off on to brave Jackson,
And the Hero of Tippecanoe.

This larkey we once have elected,
Not that any good he would do,
But because he had been recommended
By Jackson the brave and the true.

And since for one term we're in favour,
We think that this honor should do,
So, good bye to you, Mr. Van Buren, ---
Here goes for Old Tippecanoe.

"Washington Meeting, KY"

Song performed by: Chad Sheridan, Jason Schreiber (vocal) and Tara Dirst (banjo). Recording engineer: Matt Dotson.

Mason County, Kentucky.
Air: "Rosin the Bow."

I'll tell you about a big meeting
That has made the Vanjanks all look blue,
It has lately been held in Kentucky,
To the honor of Old Tippecanoe.

From the East and the West came in thousands,
And the North and the South pour'd in too,
As if heaven and earth were all moving 
In honor of Old Tippecanoe.

There were skiffs, forts, yawls and Log Cabins,
And a beautiful Maysville brig too,
All drawn upon wheels by fine horses--
Hurrah for Old Tippecanoe.

Farm wagons, canoes and stage coaches,
And carriages also a few,
Come up there all fill'd to overflowing
With the sons of Old Tippecanoe.

The air was all filled with bright banners,
Red, white, purple, green and true blue,
With inscriptions and mottoes upon them,
All about our Old Tippecanoe.

There was bread of all sorts in abundence,
And barrels of good pickles a few,
Prepared for the sons of Ohio,
By the friends of Old Tippecanoe.

On Monday the sun shone with splendor
Through on Sunday rains fell and winds blew,
But none of us cared for the weather--
True soldiers of Tippecanoe.

We march'd through the streets of old Washington,
And bravely drank hard cider too,
To show to the silk stocking gentry
How we'd stick to old Tippecanoe.

The ladies they flock'd to their windows,
In numbers, I say not a few,
And held out their star-spangled banners
All to the honor of Tippecanoe.

The Vans call us rag barons and dandies,
And only a ruffle shirt crew,
But they see now the bone and the sinew
All go for Old Tippecanoe.

Here's a long life to the men of Kentucky,
For to them there is honor due,
For their manly and good preparations
For the sons of Old Tippecanoe.

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?