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Fair and Free Elections, song lyrics

Song: Fair and Free Elections (or) The Freedom of Elections
Lyrics: unknown

Music: to the tune of "Yankee Doodle"
Year: circa 1800
Genre: Ballad
Country: USA


While some on rights and some on wrongs,
Prefer their own reflections,
The people's Right demand our song,
The Right of free elections.
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For government and order's sake,
And law's important sections,
Let all stand by the ballot box,
For freedom of elections.

(CHORUS:)
"Law and order" be the stake,
With freedom and protection;
Let all stand by the ballot box,
For fair and free elections.

Each town and county's wealth and peace,
Its trade and all connections,
With science, arts must all increase,
By fair and free elections.

Then thwart the schemes of factious lands,
And traitor disaffections,
Stand up with willing hearts and hands,
For fair and free elections.

(CHORUS)

Should enemies beset us round,
Of foreign, fierce complexions,
Undaunted we can stand our ground,
Upheld by free elections.
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Elections are to make us laws,
For trade, peace and protection,
Who fails to vote forsakes the cause
Of fair and elections.

(CHORUS)


Notes:

1 - The Book of Popular Songs, by G. G. Evans, 1861, p. 143.