Eminently hummable

The time has come, the fight is on,
We’ve picked the man to run
For President, Ohio sent
Her noble worthy son,
The man we need, the man to lead
Our strong and mighty craft
Through storm at sea to victory,
It’s William Howard Taft.

Oh, get on a raft with Taft, boys,
Get on the winning boat,
The man worthwhile with the friendly smile
Will get the honest vote.
He’ll save the country sure, boys,
From Bryan, Hearst, and graft,
So all join in, we’re sure to win,
Get on a raft with Taft.

Listen to it here.


7 responses to “Eminently hummable

  1. Speaking from the pro-Taft perspective, the singers at your link were not putting their hearts in it. If you are Taft-raft adverse, it is difficult to bring out the fullness of the song. (With songs about Taft, fullness is the key.)
    Needless to say, the visuals on the Youtube video, and particularly the uncharitable reference to The Bathtub Incident, suggest to me the hand of a Wilson man. Or worse.

  2. Steve, a more lilting rendering of a campaign melody may be heard here. The song: “Our Good & Honest Taft.” Sing along with the lyrics, three entries down at Parlor Songs.

  3. Is it just too low-brow to suggest that the Taft Raft must be rather large in order for others to get on it?

  4. Big Raft = Big Tent, c. 1908

  5. Getting on the raft with Taft seems like such an unfortunate choice of mental images.

    I think I’d have preferred to head to the velt with Roosevelt.

  6. From Arsenic & Old Lace:

    Mortimer Brewster: The name Brewster is code for Roosevelt.
    Teddy Brewster: Code for Roosevelt?
    Mortimer Brewster: Yes. Don’t you see? Take the name Brewster, take away the B, and what have you got?
    Teddy Brewster: Rooster!
    Mortimer Brewster: Uh-huh. And what does a rooster do?
    Teddy Brewster: Crows.
    Mortimer Brewster: It crows. And where do you hunt in Africa?
    Teddy Brewster: On the veldt!
    Mortimer Brewster: There you are: crows – veldt!
    Teddy Brewster: Ingenious! My compliments to the boys in the code department.

  7. That is a real classic!

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