5 bizarre Presidential campaign songs
Today, the Presidential campaign song is sadly out of vogue, but in the past, campaigns regularly had an official or semi-official tune to support the candidate. Sometimes, they were weird, as these five songs prove.
1. U.S. Grant Is The Man
The candidate: Ulysses S. Grant
The song: U.S. Grant Is The Man
Why it’s bizarre: The song is written to a traditional melody, but it’s the title that stands out. Calling someone “the man” seems more likely in the 1990s than the 1870s.
2. Tippecanoe Waltz
The candidate: William Henry Harrison
The song: Tippecanoe Waltz
Why it’s bizarre: What could make for a better waltz than a song dedicated to Tippecanoe?
3. The National Whig Song
The candidate: Whigs
The song: The National Whig Song
Why it’s bizarre: The song sings of a “true-hearted gentleman all of the olden time” who is, of course, dedicated to the doomed Whig party.
4. Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge
The candidate: Calvin Coolidge
The song: Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge
Why it’s bizarre: It’s the official song of his hometown fan club in Plymouth, Vermont.
5. Click With Dick
The candidate: Richard Nixon
The song: Click With Dick
Why it’s bizarre: The happy-go-lucky lyrics include: “Come on and click with Dick/the one that none can lick.”