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chico Lyr Add: Assorted Campaign Songs (WJB years) (1) Lyr Add: Assorted Campaign Songs (WJB years) 02 Sep 05


(Campaign of 1896) Bryan Leads the Way (E Medium).txt

Alternate Tune: 'Daisy Bell', or a Bicycle Made for Two (With allowance)

E               B7                   E
I met a man this morning said he to me "My friend
E                      B7       E            B7       E
Now there are Towne and Teller, when will this nonsense end
C#m          G#7            C#m      B          7   E
Have gone and left the [old] party", "Thank God", said I,
C#m            G#7       C#m               F#7             B7 (B C#m B7)
"For they are standing by [our] people, And Bryan leads the way"

E      7      A    7         E
Bryan, Bryan, Bryan leads the way
B7      E C#m F#7            B7 (B C#m B7)
Bryan, Bryan, Bryan leads the way
   B7             E          C#m   A       E
November third is coming, the people on that day
                B7       E      B7   E    B7       E
Will say "We're for free silver", and Bryan leads the way

[FINAL CHORUS]
Will bury Bill McKinley, and Bryan leads the way

The Democratic Party, they too have left the track
on Jefferson and Jackson they now have turned their back
"You're wrong again" said I "They are not off it as you say
The Democrats are on it, And Bryan leads the way"

"McKinley is my leader, I'll Follow him" said he
"Now you may follow Bryan, but Mac's the man for me"
"Well you may follow Mac" Said I "He'll lead you far astray
He'll never be elected and Bryan leads the way"

This man then lost his temper, a foolish thing to do
"Gold wins" he roared "Ill wager at odds of five to two"
Said I "don't get excited I have just this to say"
Sixteen to one it doesn't, for Bryan leads the way"

[Charles Towne, Minnesota congressman, and Henry moore Teller, Colorado senator, switched from the 'silver' republican wing to support Bryan in the election Original music and words by J.B. Babcock. Tune is similar but identicle to "Daisy Bell".]

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(Campaign of 1896) Marching with McKinley to Victory.txt

AIR -- 'Marching through Georgia'

E                7                  A            E
Oh come with hearts and voices, boy we'll sing a brand new song
                   C#m             F#7            B7
Sing it with a spirit that wil thrill the mighty throng
E      (7)    A                E                   (7)
Sing it till the millions hear and send the news along
B             7               E
While we go marching [with McKinley]

          7         A            E
Hurrah, Hurah! McKinley is the man
          7          B                  (7)
Hurrah, Hurrah! For 'Gold' he'll lead the van
E       7         A          E          C#m
Then we'll shout protection over all the glorious land
F#7          B7                E
While we go marching [with McKinley]

Young Bsryan comes from out the west, a would-be 'favorite son'
With 'popcrats' and Silverites' who shout 'Sixteen to One'
He comes with starling 'metaphors' and with a 'silver tongue'

'Free Silver' is Bill Bryan's text, he spouts from day to day
His mouth and lungs and vocals chords all talk, but nothing say
His 'Cross of Gold' and 'Crown of Thorns' are always in his way

McKinley is the magic name that sweeps the country through
In time of peace Columbia's friend in war so brave and true
He's bound to win in this campaign and rule this country too

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(Campaign of 1896) Silver Lion Came Tearin' Out the Wilderness.txt

AIR -- 'Down in Alabam'

G   D7   G D7
Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!

    G                     
The Silver Lion came tearing out the wilderness
D7                           G
Tearing out the wilderness, tearing out the wilderness
(C) G
The Silver Lion came tearing out the wilderness
D7             G
At sixteen to one

William Bryan will be our next President,
Be our next president, be our next president,
William Bryan will be our next President,
We'll get sixteen to one

Go tell Mckinley, his [blamed|damned] old platform's dead
His [blamed] old platform's dead, his [blamed] old platform's dead
Go tell Mckinley, his blamed old platform's dead
We'll get sixteen to one

Go tell Mark Hanna, he's crazy 'in the head'
He's crazy 'in the head', he;s crazy 'in the head'
Go tell Mark Hanna, he's crazy 'in the head'
We'll get sixteen to one

We firmly swear that silver will be in the deal
Silver will be in the deal, silver will be in the deal
No more to 'golden calf' shall the freemen kneel
We'll get sixteen to one

Every Shylock's trembling in his shoes with fright
Trembling in his shoes with fright, trembling in his shoes with fright
Lest the people break the chains of gold that hold 'em thight
We'll get sixteen to one

[Sixteen to one refers to Silver coinage]

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