A Famous Campaign Song

[Author Unknown]


Indiana Magazine of History, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 198-199

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[For the now-forgotten music of this most famous of the old campaign songs of 1840 we are indebted to Messrs. Alva O. Reser and J. S. Bergen, of Lafayette . The former found a venerable inmate of the Soldiers' Home, near Lafayette , who remembered the air, and from his rendition of it the notes were secured and the song reproduced on a phonograph record. From this record the music was kindly re-written for this magazine by Professor Bergen. It is, perhaps, superfluous to explain that the "Tippe-canoe" of the song was W. H. Harrison, the hero of Tippecanoe battle, who in 1840 was the presidential candidate, and that "little Van" was the opposing candidate, Martin Van Buren. The "hard cider" campaign, unique in its character, was one of frolic and songs, and this song, with others, was roared by untold thousands of Whigs from one end of the country to the other.—Editor



What has caused this great com - mo - tion

mo-tion, mo-tion, Our country through It

is the ball a-roll-ing on, For Tip - pe - ca

noe and Ty-ler too. Tip - pe - ca noe and

Tyler too. And with them we'll beat

lit-tle Van, Van, Van is a used up man;

And with then we'll beat little Van.

Like the rushing of mighty waters, waters, waters, On it will go, And in its course will clear the way For Tippecanoe and Tyler too, And with them we'll beat little Van, Van! Van is a used-up man; And with them we"ll beat little Van!

Don't you hear from every quarter, quarter, quarter, Good news and true— That swift the ball is rolling on for Tippecanoe, etc.

Now you hear the Vanjacks whispering, whispering, whispering, Things look quite blue, For all the world seems turning round for Tippecanoe, etc.

Let them talk about hard cider, cider, cider, Log cabins too; 'Twill only help to speed the ball for Tippecanoe, etc.

Little Matty's days are numbered, numbered, numbered, Out he must go, And in the chair we'll put the good old Tippecanoe, etc.

Who, then, shall we send to Congress, Congress, Congress? Who, tell me who? Why, honest freemen, sound, true friends of Tippecanoe, etc.

And when they get there, I can tell you, tell you, tell you, What they will do— They'll make good laws and have them sealed with Tippecanoe, etc.

Published by the Indiana University Department of History.