"Our Yankee Doodle Presidents" by Damon Leigh
 
 
 
  
   
      
     

We were spawned so far away … upon a distant planet

We’ve grown fond of the U.S.A. … we’ve bonded to her granite

Soon we’ll be her citizens … yes we’ll get naturalized when

All her fine Presidents … in order … we have memorized them

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

Washington was “Number One” … “The Father of Our Nation”

John Adams … then Tom Jefferson … who wrote our Declaration

Madison … then James Monroe … he authored his own Doctrine

John Quincy … Squire Adams’ bloke … “Old Hick’ry” … Andrew Jackson

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

Martin Van Buren came eighth … he wore a red begonia

To Harrison inaugurate … poor William caught pneumonia

TylerPolk … and Taylor … who stood at The White House front door

Were supervened by “Prez Thirteen” … the late great Millard Fillmore

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

Franklin Pierce … then James Buchanan … delayed Civil War strife

They left that fray for “Honest Abe”… which cost Lincoln his own life

Andrew Johnson got impeached … no way he could prevent it

Though at his trial the charge was breached by one vote in The Senate

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

Eighteenth was Ulysses Grant … who’d bested Robert E. Lee

Then dawned the days of Gen’ral Hayes … the brilliant Rutherford B.

James A. Garfield … frontier man and log cabin “Tom Sawyer”

While at the D. C. station got shot by some loony lawyer

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

Noble Chester Arthur made a splash at one-and-twenty

Up next was Grover Cleveland who got thrashed but still had plenty

Harrison “The Second” functioned longer than the first one

Till Mister Cleveland reappeared … our only pre-rehearsed one

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

Will McKinley loved to visit … traveling just thrilled him

He shuffled off to Buffalo where loopy Leon killed him

Mighty “Teddy” Roosevelt … by no man could he be licked

A softly spoken war hero … he carried such a big stick

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

Taft gave way to Wilson … then the world began bombarding

The Armistice restored the peace and brought us Warren Harding

 “Silent Calvin” Coolidge was as tight-lipped as a cold clam

Herbert Hoover coined the gold to build himself a bold dam

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

Franklin Roosevelt … fifth cousin of intrepid “T. R.”

Scored four elections … beat Depression … won The Second World War

Harry Truman … haberdasher … less refined but well dressed

Without a middle name to sign … he only had to spell “S”

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

Eisenhower … a golfing man … was wicked with his putter

Though “Ike” might strike you mellow … he whipped Adolf Hitler’s butter

John Fitzgerald Kennedy departed this world too soon

Our astronauts … in memory … shed teardrops on a blue Moon

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

Lyndon Johnson ticked off five years … Texas bred “L. B. J.”

He picked his hounds up by their ears … what else but “Ouch!” can we say?

Richard Nixon … he resigned … that’s written in our textbooks

Before he quit he told his fans … “Your President is no crook!”

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

Gerald Ford then strode erect … composure all collected

Into The Oval Office never having been elected

Jimmy Carter flashed a smile… his style just might impress you

“The Gipper” … Ronald Reagan … rode two landslides to our rescue

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

George Bush “One” was true blue chip … he promised “No new taxes!”

He quipped to Congress … “Read my lips!” … then clipped Saddam’s Iraqxis

Clinton hailed from Arkansas … Bill used to be their “Guv’na”

His “Hope-full” saxophone he played to welcome Bush … “G Dubya”

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

All was quiet for a while until those fateful hours

Bin Ladin smashed the Pentagon and brought down the Twin Towers

Bush declared that this was war… he swore to get Osama

When time ran out he passed that chore off to Barack Obama

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

His’try’s never-ending … there’s a new page to our story

Donald Trump has sworn to lead us on to greater glory

We hope that you’ll keep this song within your mind preserved … thus

Whene’er you sing it then you’ll cite each President who’s served us

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy

 

Yankee Doodle Presidents … oh so fine and dandy

If you would recall them all … this silly song keep handy