“Franklin D. Roosevelt's Back Again”


"Just hand me my old Martin, for soon I will be startin... Since Roosevelt's been re-elected, we'll not be neglected." Singer praises Roosevelt's re-election, celebrates legal liquor and the end of moonshine, and returning prosperity.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt, an anti-Prohibition Democrat, was elected to his second of four terms in 1936, carrying all but two states. - PJS

As poetry, this is about as bad as a song can get. But as a reflection of the attitude of its time, it is obviously highly accurate. - RBW

"As poetry, this is about as bad as a song can get." Oh yeah? Ever listen to "MacArthur Park"? - PJS

No, I haven't. Sounds like I should be glad.... - RBW

Historical references

  • 1933-1945 - Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Cross references

  • cf. "The Democratic Donkey is Back In His Stall" (subject matter)


  • Bill Cox, "Franklin D. Roosevelt's Back Again" (Melotone 07-02-61/Oriole 07-02-61, 1937; OKeh 05896 [as Bill Cox & Cliff Hobbs], 1940; 1940; rec. 1936)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "Franklin Roosevelt's Back Again" (on NCLR09, AmHist2, NLCRCD1)


  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 230-231, "Franklin D. Roosevelt's Back Again" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Silber-FSWB, p. 287, "Franklin D. Roosevelt's Back Again" (1 text)
  4. BI, CSW230


Alternate titles: “We've Got Franklin Delano Roosevelt Back Again”
Author: Bill Cox
Earliest date: 1936 (recording, Bill Cox and Cliff Hobbs)