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Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
28-Nov-06 - 03:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Climbing up the Golden Stairs
Subject: Lyr. Add: Climbing Up the White House Stairs
Lyr. Add: CLIMBING UP THE WHITE HOUSE STAIRS
Parody, c. 1884, Grover Cleveland Campaign

Oh, the fourth of March is coming,
And the cannons will be bumming,
Climbing up the White House Stairs.
Cleveland will be there
To occupy the chair,
Oh, climbing up the White House Stairs.

Chorus:
Oh, hear those bells a-ringing,
'Tis sweet, I do declare,
To hear those girls a-singing,
Climbing up the White House Stairs.

Artemisia is a great sneezer,
Takes a smart man to tease her,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She wears such tight sleeves,
Makes the boys get on their knees,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Beulah is a cooler,
Takes a sharper one to fool her,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She can compose,
But she hasn't any beaus,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Gladys is very small,
And can outdance them all,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
But mind what she's about,
Someone will cut her out,
As she climbs up the White House stairs.

Next comes Uselel,
To whom the boys will kneel,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
Her eyes are very bright,
You can see them in the night,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Helena has been round
On the Exposition ground,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She has a great many bangles,
But one of them don't dangle,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Hattie Sibley's little curl
Will make the boys whirl,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She lost her little bell,
And where she can tell,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Florence has a beau
But thinks we don't know,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She goes to and fro,
And she's not so very slow,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Annie is very nice,
And as sweet as any spice,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
If she hasn't any beau,
She will get one I know,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Hattie plays well
Because she has a bell,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
But it hasn't any clapper,
And that's what's the matter,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Edna is very gay,
We meet her on the way,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She has a little band
That just fits her hand,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

Elodia comes last
And holds them all fast,
Climbing up the White House stairs.
She is quite a poet,
I want you all to know it,
Climbing up the White House stairs.

This political parody persisted in folk form, probably used to satirize people at a dance or party. Sung by Mrs. Van Iderstine, Alabama, 1953.
Ray B. Brown, 1979, "The Alabama Folk Lyric: A Study in Origins and Media of Dissemination," no. 136, pp. 346-348.