Again With the Ball

The Champion Ready for Another Bout

John Bull, in Cleveland’s comer, whispers “E’ve another go at him, Grover.” Labor sits in Harrison’s corner. Cleveland’s glove is labeled “Free Trade” while Harrison’s is labeled “Protectionism.”


WHAT HAS CAUSED THIS GREAT COMMOTION?

Air— “Little Pig’s Tail.

Oh, what has caused this great commotion,
Motion, motion, our country through?
It is the ball
A-rolling on
For Tippecanoe and Morton, too,
For Tippecanoe and Morton, too!
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove,
Grove, Grove is a used-up “cove,”
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove!

Just as they did in eighteen-forty,
Forty, forty, the country through,
We’ll raise this year
A rousing cheer
For Tippecanoe and Morton, too,
For Tippecanoe and Morton, too!
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove,
Grove, Grove is a used-up “cove,”
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove!

Our fight is this year for protection,
Tection, tection the country through !
We’ll fill, ourselves,
The merchants’ shelves
With Tippecanoe and Morton, too,
With Tippecanoe and Morton, too !
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove,
Grove, Grove is a used-up “cove,”
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove !

The toilers in our mills and factories,
Factories, factories, the country through
Will have good pay
For every day,
With Tippecanoe and Morton, too,
With Tippecanoe and Morton, too!
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove,
Grove, Grove is a used-up “cove,”
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove!

The men who farm and shear the fleeces,
Fleeces, fleeces, the country through
Will leave their wool
To take a pull
For Tippecanoe and Morton, too,
For Tippecanoe and Morton, too!
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove,
Grove, Grove is a used-up “cove,”
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove!

The honest miners who are digging,
Digging, digging, the country through,
Need not compete
With slaves for meat,
With Tippecanoe and Morton, too,
With Tippecanoe and Morton, too I
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove,
Grove, Grove is a used-up “cove,”
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove!

The boys in blue who fought in sixty,
Sixty, sixty, the country through,
Will fight again
With gallant Ben,
Young Tippecanoe and Morton, too,
Young Tippecanoe and Morton, too!
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove,
Grove, Grove, is a used-up “cove,”
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove!

The Demmies, Englishmen and Mugwumps,
Mugwumps, Mugwumps, the country through,
May all unite,
And yet we’ll fight
For Tippecanoe and Morton, too,
For Tippecanoe and Morton, too!
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove,
Grove, Grove is a used-up “cove,”
And with them we’ll beat Stephen Grove!


Notes:

This song is to the tune of “The Little Pig’s Tail,” a song that has entirely vanished from memory.  Fortunately, the campaign song from 1840 to the same tune, “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too,” was entirely memorable.

The “ball” was a Victory Ball, eight or ten feet in diameter, rolled from rally to rally.  This hadn’t been seen much since the 1840s, but was revived for the Harrison ’88 campaign.

As everyone remembers, Charles Guiteau shot President Garfield in 1881 because Guiteau was a “frustrated office seeker.”  Guiteau had hoped to be named Minister to France. What few remember is that the fellow who actually was named Minister to France, frustrating Guiteau’s ambitions,  was Levi Morton, US Representative from New York.  in 1888 Morton was Ben Harrison’s running mate.

Grover Cleveland’s actual first name was “Stephen.”  A “cove” is a “guy.”  (The line from the 1840 song was “Van [for Martin Van Buren]  is a used up man,” which is far better poetry.  Among other things no one called Grover Cleveland “Stephen Grove.”)

After several stanzas praising the benefits of high protective tariffs, we come to a reference to the Civil War.  Ben Harrison was a brigadier general in his own right by the end of the war and didn’t need to dress up in his grandfather’s reputation (Old Tippecanoe).

The “Demmies” are the Democrats (by then everyone had forgotten who the “Locos” were). The Mugwumps were registered Republicans who voted Democratic.  In 1884, and again in 1888, before the advent of the secret ballot, it was easy to see who they were.  The Englishmen were supposed to be the secret backers of Free Trade (as opposed to Protectionism).


Tomorrow: Young Tip’s Broom

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