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chico Lyr Add: Assorted Campaign Songs (1844 election) (14) Lyr/Chords Add: HARD TIMES (Campaign of 1844) 01 Aug 05

AIR -- 'The Girl I left behind me'

       F                   Bb               F             C
Hard times, hard times, is all the cry the country's in confusion
    F                        Bb               C7       F
The banks have stoppped but still they try to mystify delusion
                        Dm                  F                Dm A7
They give us trash and keep their cash to send across the waters
    F                      Bb               C7                  F
To pay for things they've bought of kings to gull our songs and daughters

[CHORUS to the last two lines of the verse]
Then to the polls, ye noble souls, the banks now cry for quarters
But here's their doom, they shall resume or forfeit all their charters

Shall corporations rule the soil that washington defended
Shall honest people sweat and toil and have their rights suspended?
Shall we be slaves to pampered knaves and banks still be our masters,
Since all they pay from day to day is nothing but shin-plasters

Brave Jackson fought to set us free he loves his country dearly
Then, sons of true democracy, on to preserve it fairly
The name of Clay shall fade away before our party's hero
We'll lay these banks that play such pranks all just as low as zero

[From the 'Democratic Songster' "Democratic nominee James K. Polk campaigned vigorously, surprising many with his stalwart support of westward expansion, an issue that Whig nominee Henry Clay and others attempted to deflect. His campaign slogan "54 40 or fight!" referred to the desired northern boundary of the Oregon Territory at the 54th parallel, 40 minutes, well north of the boundary set by the Oregon Treaty of 1846."-Wikipedia]

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