-> "Decision 1896"
Original Song Title:
"Making Your Mind Up" (MP3)
Parody Song Title:
You gotta make it gold,
Or is it silver you prefer?
So asked Democrats at the Chi-Town convention
'Til Bryan they did hear.
He did make a stand at the pulpit
And they did make their minds up.
"You shall not crucify
The worker on a cross of gold!"
So ended his speech and they gave him the big nod
'Cos everyone was sold
On Bryan's plans for silver evermore
In making their minds up.
But William McKinley
Stood in Bryan's way,
Campaigning from his front porch;
Money came to him to stay.
So Bryan had no other choice
But to take it all on the road
Making fans throughout the Midwest and the South
To help him with the load.
But the Gold Bugs (1) would not give him hugs;
They had made their minds up.
For every dollar Dems had raised,
The GOP had sevenfold
From big business and big farms throughout Northern states
'Cos those folks loved their gold.
They'd surely prevail--Populists would fail;
They made not their minds up.
Two days after All Hallows (2)
America did go
To her ballot boxes;
Before long, she'd surely know.
You see, just when the dust had settled down,
The gold folks surely had prevailed.
Adding insult to injury for Silverites, (3)
Prospectors quickly hailed
Gold rushes up north (to the Yukon, forth!)
That made miners' minds up.
And so the Populists did fade,
As economic boomtimes came;
But it was far from even when the people got
To play the wealthy's game.
It didn't quite reach 'yond the private beach
Though they'd made their minds up. (last line 4x)
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