Uncle Jumbo

The next section is labeled “Later Songs.


Grover Cleveland, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, holding hat

Grover Cleveland, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, holding hat


THE COLLAR AND THE KERCHIEF.

Air — “John Brown.

Grover Cleveland is a collar of extraordinary size,
So that many men mistake him for a corset in disguise,
He standeth on his tip-toes and he looketh with surprise,
As we go marching on.

Chorus. — Glory, etc.

When first he was invented for the Democratic shirt,
He was laundried by a mugwump who declared him free from dirt;
In spite of that, he’s got to go, we might just here insert,
As we go marching on.

Chorus — Glory, etc.

The Muggies put about him for to keep him clean and warm,
A tie of beauteous colors that was called by them “Reform,”
But that was blown to glory in the office-seeking storm,
As we go marching on.

Chorus — Glory, etc.

Now the Democrats into his mammoth button-hole have tied
A dullish red Bandana that is very long and wide,
And have hung the two above them to excite the party pride
As we go marching on.

Chorus — Glory, etc.

Against their mammoth collar, and their kerchief, too, of red,
We’ll hoist the starry banner at our mighty column’s head
And never halt till Harrison to Washington we’ve led,
As we go marching on.

Chorus — Glory, etc.

—O. C. Hooper.


Notes:

Grover’s collar refers to his girth.  President “Uncle Jumbo” Cleveland was quite large.

Cleveland ran, and was elected, as a reformer.

The Mugwumps — “Muggies” — were Republicans who voted Democratic.  The “office seeking” was people who supported Cleveland in return for political favors.

The red bandana was Senator Thurman’s symbol.  (Thurman was Cleveland’s running mate in ’88.)


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