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Democracy's Lament, song lyrics

Song: Democracy's Lament
Lyrics: Charles Evarts Williams(1)(2)

Music: "Adapted"
Year: 1896(1)
Genre:
Country: USA



Where, O where is Grover Cleveland(4),
Where, O where is Grover Cleveland,
Where, O where is Grover Cleveland,
Way down on Potomac's(5) shore.
Is he gunning for Duck O' Mallard
Is he humming a Jingo(6) ballad
Dining ev'ry day on lobster salad
Way down on Potomac's shore.
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(Quartette:)
By and by we'll send him a greeting
Then he'll learn that time is fleeting
Find e're long there's a day of meeting
Way down on Potomac's shore.

Where, O where is Johnny Carlisle(7),
Where, O where is Johnny Carlisle,
Where, O where is Johnny Carlisle,
Way down on Potomac's shore.
Is he figuring treasury surplus
Juggling bonds that he may deceive us
Painting all serene at a cab'net caucus
Way down on Potomac's shore.

(Quartette:)
By and by we'll ask for a statement
Call for the cash without abatement
Demand an unconditional settlement
Way down on Potomac's shore.

Where, O where is Dickey Olney(8),
Where, O where is Dickey Olney,
Where, O where is Dickey Olney,
Way down on Potomac's shore.
Is he personating Grover
While his boss is living clover
Looking for a row the wide world over
Way down on Potomac's shore.
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(Quartette:)
First he wept for far Armenia
Then he championed Venezuela
Now he's wrestling over Cuba
Way down on Potomac's shore.

Where is secretary Hoke Smith(9)
Where is secretary Hoke Smith
Where is secretary Hoke Smith
Way down on Potomac's shore.
Is he cutting a watermelon
Is he putting official paint on
Ready to knife the vet'ran's pension
Way down on Potomac's shore.

(Quartette:)
By and by we'll go for him rough
By and by the "boys" will all laugh
By and by we'll cut his head off
Way down on Potomac's shore.

Where O where's the Wilson Tarrif(10)
Where O where's the Wilson Tarrif
Where O where's the Wilson Tarrif
Drawn upon Potomac's shore.
This it was that kill'd our commerce
Clogg'd the wheels of mill and factory
Robb'd us all throughout the country
But 'twill cheat us never more.
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(Quartette:)
By and by there'll be no yearning
Wheels of industry'll be turning
While that tariff bill is burning
Way down on Potomac's shore.

Where O where's the Democrat party
Where O where's the Democrat party
Where O where's the Democrat party
Way down on Potomac's shore.
Doing its best to bust the treasury
Making rich the banker gentry
Caring not a cuss for our suffering country
Way down on Potomac's shore.

(Quartette:)
By and by we'll do them clever
Banish 'em all up old salt river
Where they'll stay for ever'n ever
Way off from Potomac's shore.

Where's the Democratic donkey
Where's the Democratic donkey
Where's the Democratic donkey
Way down on Potomac's shore.
Hear his line and piteous wailing
See his form is bow'd and ailing
Soon to Hades(11) he'll be sailing
Away from Potomac's shore.

(Quartette:)
He will meet there 'Father Grover'
He will greet there brother Olney
Hokey Smith and Johnny Carlisle
All to stay forever more.

Farewell to the Democrat party
Farewell to the Democrat party
Farewell to the Democrat party
Soon to leave Potomac's shore
Join the great Salvation Army
Or the ranks of Gen'ral Coxy(12)
To become a wondering daisy
Way off from Potomac's shore.

(Quartette:)
By and by when all so weary
Every sinner's sad and dreary
Don't forget you were contrary
Way down on Potomac's shore.


Notes:

1 - Transcribed from the sheet music published by Chas. E. Williams and Co, Bangor, Maine.

2 - Charles Evarts Williams was an author who wrote the 1884 novel The Penalty Of Recklessness, and The Life of Abner Coburn: A Review of the Public and Private Career of the Late Ex-governor of Maine, in 1885.

3 - This is clearly meant as an anti-Democrat song for the 1896 election.

4 - Grover Cleveland (1837 - 1908), the 22nd (1885-1889) and 24th (1893 - 1897) United States, President. A Democrat, who was still the United States President at the time this song was written.

5 - "Potomac" is the Potomac River that is the border of Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia), United States.

6 - "Jingo" was a derogatory term for a vociferous supporter of war or a patriotic war policy.

7 - John Griffin Carlisle (1834 - 1910), a member of the Democratic Party, and part of the Cabinet of the Grover Cleveland government, served as the Secretary of the Treasury (1893 - 1897).

8 - Richard Olney (1835 - 1917), was first the United State Attorney General (1893 - 1895), and later the Secretary of State (1895 - 1897), in the Grover Cleveland administration.

9 - Michael Hoke Smith (1855 - 1931) was the United States Secretary of the Interior (1893–1896).

10 - The Revenue Act or Wilson-Gorman Tariff of 1894.

11 - Hades, that is the underworld, or Hell.

12 - General Coxy, is reference to "Coxey's Army" lead by Jacob Coxy, who was an Ohio businessnman, (not a General), who led a protest of unemployed workers to Washington D.C., in 1894, during a severe recession that started in 1893 and last four years during the period of this Grover Cleveland led government.