Don't You Know

DESCRIPTION: "Don't you know Billy Bryan will never get there? Don't you know? (x2) Billy McKinley will fill the chair.... Way over in Williamson, away over in the county where we grow...." "Don't you know Henry Jones will be our next clerk...."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1896 (Bryan/McKinley election); field collection 1935 (McIntosh)
KEYWORDS: political nonballad
1896 - Republican William McKinley wins the presidential election over William Jennings Bryan
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Richard M. Dorson, _Buying the Wind: Regional Folklore in the United States_, University of Chicago Press, 1964, pp. 408-410, "Don't You Know" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #15137
NOTES: The song is correct. William Jennings Bryan ran for President three times but was never elected. For some background on Bryan, and the Cross of Gold, and his three presidential runs, see "Free Silver." - RBW
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