"A bumper around now, my hearties, I'll sing you a song that is new; I'll please to the buttons all parties And sing of Old Tippecanoe." The singer details the history of Tippecanoe, and declares, "Bid Martin Van Buren adieu."


For details on the (thoroughly dirty) 1840 Presidential campaign, and the purely false picture it drew of William Henry Harrison, see the notes to "Old Tippecanoe." - RBW

Historical references

  • Dec 2, 1840 - William Henry Harrison defeats Martin Van Buren
  • Mar 4, 1841 - Harrison (the first Whig to be elected President) is inaugurated. He gives a rambling inaugural address in a rainstorm and catches cold
  • April 4, 1841 - Harrison dies of pneumonia, making him the first president to fail to complete his term. After some hesitation, Vice President John Tyler is allowed to succeed as President

Cross references


  1. BrownIII 397, "Tippecanoe" (1 text)
  2. Roud #6950
  3. BI, Be3397


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1840 (Tippecanoe Song-Book)