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Rank this week: 33 (↑9)
Duration: 3:19 
Release Date: 1990 
Lyrics By: J. Linell/J. Flansburgh (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Music By: J. Linell/J. Flansburgh (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Produced By: Pat Dillett (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Released By: Elektra/WEA (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Published By: TMBG Music (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Licensing: ASCAP  #400173862 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
  • This is the original, unembellished song that appeared on the Istanbul (not Constantinople) "CD-single" in 1990. It was remade with more instruments added for the "Factory Showroom" album in 1996. (Stavro Arrgolus)
  • Song Lyrics:
    In 1844, the Democrats were split
    The 3 nominees for the presidential candidate
    were Martin van Buren, a former president
    and an abolitionist
    James Buchanan, a moderate
    Lewis 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
    Mr. 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
    Mr. James K. Polk, our eleventh president
    Young Hickory, Napoleon of the Stump
    (Stavro Arrgolus)
    Current Rating 9.9 (1 vote)
    Played on 2 shows:
    07-07-13, #MMS-16307-22-90, #90-29
    = Show you can listen to online
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