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Lost Radio Rounders: Political Songs


(To the tune of "Auld Lang Syne")
Recorded live in Valatie, N.Y.

The Oxford History of the American People described the 1840 battle between incumbent Democrat Martin Van Buren and his Whig party opponent William Henry Harrison as “jolly and idiotic,” in part because it was the first truly musical presidential contest.

This vicious pro-Van Buren tune sought to paint Harrison not as hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe, but as a sniveling coward. While the Whigs got the better of the Dems both in song and at the ballot box, “Bulletproof” stands as an early example of American musical vitriol.