To Keep the Ball A Rollin’ On!

A Victory Ball


 

CLEAR THE WAY FOR HARRY CLAY.
Tune. — What has caused this great commotion?

What has caused this agitation, ‘tation, ‘tation,
Our foes betray?
It is the ball a rolling on,
To clear the way for Henry Clay;
To clear the way for Henry Clay.
For with him we can beat any man, man, man,
Of the Van Buren clan.
For with him we can beat any man.

Mechanics cry out for protection, ‘tection, ‘tection,
And bless the day
That set the ball a rolling on
To clear the way for Henry Clay:
To clear the way for Henry Clay,
For with him, &c.

The merchants say there’ll be no money, money, money,
Their debts to pay,
Until the ball that’s rolling on,
Has cleared the way for Henry Clay.
For with him, &c.

The farmers say there’ll be no market, market, market,
For cattle or hay.
Until the ball that’s rolling on,
Has cleared the way for Henry Clay,
For with him, &c.

From all professions comes the cry, cry, cry.
Speed the day,
When this good ball that’s rolling on,
Shall clear the way for Henry Clay.
For with him, &c.

The great, the small, the short, the tall, tall, tall,
Shall heave away.
To keep this ball a rolling on,
And clear the way for Henry Clay.,
For with him, &c.

Let honest locos stand from under, under, under,
Without delay,
Join in with us to roll the ball,
That clears the way for Henry Clay.
For with him, &c.

We see the ladies on us smiling, smiling, smiling,
In their sweet way,
One word from them would be enough
For Van or Clay to clear the way—
We know they’ll give that word for Clay.
For with him, &c.

We’ve spread our banner to the breeze, breeze, breeze,
And it shall stay
Until the ball that’s rolling on,
Has cleared the way for Henry Clay.
For with him, &c.

Come all true hearted patriots rally, rally, rally,
Your strength display,
Doubt not the ball that’s rolling now,
Shall clear the way for Henry Clay,
Shall clear the way for Henry Clay,
For with him, &c.


Notes:

A song in honor of the Victory Ball, rolled from campaign rally to rally.  Let’s get the ball rolling; keep the ball rolling: this is the ball folks are talking about.  They were huge and could be pushed hundreds of miles.

The protection the mechanics are crying for are the Whigs’ protective tariffs.

The “locos” are the Democrats.


Tomorrow: Harry of Kentucky, Ho! Ieroe!

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