They Might Be Giants

Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

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Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

* Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
* James K. Polk
* Stormy Pinkness
* Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (Brownsville Mix)

Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

James K. Polk

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

Stormy Pinkness

Stormy pinkness
Human weakness
Fills my jolly cup with gloom
Your progression
My digression
Forty days this afternoon
The things we cherish are small indeed
So much the larger the need
Stormy pinkness
Set me thanklessly free

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (Brownsville Mix)

Created By: Craig -PJ- Hansen
Last Modified: October 9, 1996

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