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Thread #13592   Message #113102
Posted By: raredance
10-Sep-99 - 12:52 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Rosin the Beau parodies
Ah,Paddymac, I'm not through yet.

Here's one that comes out of the land reform movement of the mid 1800's that ultimately lead to the Homestead Act of 1862 where anybody could get free land to farm by settling on it.

THE AGRARIAN BALL (printed in: Working Man's Advocate, May 18, 1844)

Come all you true friends of the Nation,
Attend to humanity's call,
Come aid in your country's salvation
And roll on th' Agrarian Ball.

Ye Democrats come to the rescue,
And keep on the glorious cause,
And millions hereafter will bless you,
With heart cheering song of applause.

Come Whigs bid adieu to hard cider
And boldly step into the ranks.
To spread the proud banner still wider
Upset all the rascally banks.

And when we have form'd the blest union,
We'll all firmly march on, one and all;
We'll shout when we meet in communion,
And roll on th' Agrarian Ball.

Th' Agrarian army's advancing,
The Monopoly of Land to destroy;
The glad eye of beauty is dancing,
Her heart's overflowing with joy.

How can you stand halting, while beauty
Is sweetly appealing to all,
Then come to the standard of duty,
And roll on th' Agrarian Ball.

source: American Labor Songs of the Nineteenth Century by Phuilip S. Foner, 1975 University of Illinois Press.

rich r