On the Banks of the Ohio

The Whig Rally, adapted from The Wrecker's Daughter

The Whig Rally

 


OUR CANDIDATE.
Tune — Hurrah, Hurrah.

For Henry Clay, our candidate.
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah.
To place him in the chair of state,
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!
“God’s noblest work— an honest man,”
A nobler show us if you can !
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah, hurrah.
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah.

We spread our banners to the sky.
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah.
Our motto — “Clay and Liberty!”
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah.
At Vetoes we our “Veto” fling,
A President we want — not King,
Hurrah, hurrah, &c.

Of Demagogues we’ve had enough.
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah,
From Tyler down to Johnny Brough,
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah.
We’re sick of all their brawling fuss,
An honest man’s the man for us!
Hurrah, hurrah, &c.

An honest man’s the man we want,
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah.
We’re tired of Locofoco cant.
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah,
We nail our colours lo the mast,
And shout — our country, first and last!
Hurrah, hurrah, &c.


NOTES:

“Vetoes”: The Whigs are upset by the separation of powers, and annoyed that the President doesn’t merely rubber stamp congressional legislation.

A “demagogue” is a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.

Tyler is President John Tyler.

John Brough (whose name does, in fact, rhyme with ‘enough’) , was the publisher of the Ohio Eagle and the The Cincinnati Enquirer, both Democratic-leaning newspapers.  He served in a variety of state-level political offices. In 1844 he was the Ohio state auditor.

“Locofoco” is a disparaging name for the Democrats.


Tomorrow:  Voice of the People

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