Who Sang James K. Polk? They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants Factory Showroom cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1996-8-8
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock/Pop Rock
length: 3:05
producer: Patrick Dillett
vocal: John Linnell
acoustic guitar: John Flansburgh
accordion: John Linnell
membranophone: Brian Doherty
electric bass guitar: Graham Maby
electric guitar: Eric Schermerhorn
musical saw: Julian Koster
In 1844, the Democrats were split
The three nominees for the presidential candidate
Were Martin Van Buren, a former president and an abolitionist
James Buchanan, a moderate
Louis Cass, a general and expansionist
From Nashville came a dark horse riding up
He was James K. Polk, Napoleon of the Stump

Austere, severe, he held few people dear
His oratory filled his foes with fear
The factions soon agreed
He's just the man we need
To bring about victory
Fulfill our manifest destiny
And annex the land the Mexicans command
And when the votes were cast the winner was
Mister James K. Polk, Napoleon of the Stump

In four short years he met his every goal
He seized the whole southwest from Mexico
Made sure the tariffs fell
And made the English sell the Oregon territory
He built an independent treasury
Having done all this he sought no second term
But precious few have mourned the passing of
Mister James K. Polk, our eleventh president
Young Hickory, Napoleon of the Stump

CD 1
  • 0 Token Back to Brooklyn
  • 1 S‐E‐X‐X‐Y
  • 2 Till My Head Falls Off
  • 3 How Can I Sing Like a Girl?
  • 4 Exquisite Dead Guy
  • 5 Metal Detector
  • 6 New York City
  • 7 Your Own Worst Enemy
  • 8 XTC vs. Adam Ant
  • 9 Spiraling Shape
  • 10 James K. Polk
  • 11 Pet Name
  • 12 I Can Hear You
  • 13 The Bells Are Ringing

  • Release information
    label: Elektra Entertainment
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075596186223
    script: Latin