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All On Account Of the Tariff, song lyrics

Song: All On Account Of the Tariff
Lyrics: Ike Browne(1)(2)

Music: Ike Browne(1)
Year: November or December 1890(1)(4)
Genre:
Country: USA


Uncle Sam's in a wrangle from ocean to sea,
    All on account of the Tariff.
And no matter what happens to you or to me,
    It's all on account of the Tariff.
Republicans tell you, "Proteetion" to try,
While "Reform" on the Democrat side is the cry,
But they'll both try to pull the "wool" over your eye
    All on account fo the Tariff.

Both parties are after the poor working man,
    All on account of the Tariff.
Each party will urge him to vote for his plan,
    All on account fo the Tariff.
They first try to scare him to capture his vote,
And when he won't scare show a five dollar note,
In the end he will find himself in the same boat,
    All on account of the Tariff.
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On the 4th of November(3) there went up a shout,
    All on account of the Tariff.
When the Democrats laid the Republicans out,
    All on account of the Tariff.
"There's too much McKinley(4) says old Uncle Sam,
This talk 'bout protection is nothing but sham,"
And the Repubican party went over the dam,
    All on account of the Tariff.

The Democrat says prices now will be higher,
    All on account of the Tariff.
The Republican says, "Democrat, you're a liar,"
    All on account of the Tariff.
But one thing has gone up, and you can't rub it out,
The Republicans this year have gone up the spout,
And the cause of it all I've no reason to doubt,
    Is all on account of the Tariff.
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One party will tell you the duty's a tax,
    All on account of the Tariff.
But remember each party is grinding his axe,
    All on account of the Tariff.
You may shake 'em all up in a bag and you'll find
There's but little to choose for they've 'bout of a kind,
They'll all come to the front when the Boodle's behind,
    All on account of the Tariff.

Whatever occurs in the future they'll say,
    "It's all on account of the Tariff."
If you go into business and find it don't pay,
    It's all on account of the Tariff.
If your mother-in-law stands between you and your wife,
And you sigh for "Protection" midst discord and strife,
Don't blame the old lady nor threaten her life,
    It's all on account of the Tariff.


Notes:

1 - Transcribed from the sheet music published by I. S. Browne, No. 58 Winter Street, Boston Massachusetts.

2 - Sorry we have no biographic information on Ike Browne. If you do we would appreciate if you would share it with us. Thank you.

3 - This song had to be published after the November 4, 1890 election as it mentions the results of the election.

4 - This song is about the McKinley Tariff Act of 1890 which was meant to protect US businesses from foreign imports. US manufacturers of products liked the idea and most consumers did not.