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Song Parodies -> "Dave Atchison Was President for Just One Day"

Original Song Title:

"On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe"

Original Performer:

Johnny Mercer

Parody Song Title:

"Dave Atchison Was President for Just One Day"

Parody Written by:

John Jenkins

The Lyrics

This is an obscure piece of American history (and not necessarily true); but, when any piece of history involves someone named Atchison, it has to be parodied.
The presidential succession line
Got all convoluted in eighteen forty nine.
No one stepped up to run the USA,
So Dave Atchison was president for just one day.

On Saturday, Polk’s term was all through,
But, because for Taylor, Sunday work was taboo;
The inauguration got a delay,
And Dave Atchison was president for that one day.

This is fun!
Ooh, ooh, ooh,
Hey, Dave, yuh gotta love this gig!
Ooh, ooh, ooh,
You got a list o’ appointments that’s pretty big
And when you’ve appointed all your friends,
You’d better hope that you can quickly make amends.
‘Cause the job is yours for just one day,
And, after Taylor’s installed, there will be hell to pay.

What would happen in two thousand nine
If Bush and Cheney would one day early resign
Don’t bother sending in your resumé
‘Cause Pelosi would be president for that one day.

Would we call her husband the First Dude?
Would Nancy be feminine or would she be crude?
What would foreign governments have to say
If Pelosi served as president for one whole day?

Here she comes!
Ooh, ooh, ooh,
Hey, Nan! yuh better meet the press!
Ooh, ooh, ooh,
You’ll be the highest ranking wearer of a dress
Since Hoover’s days at the FBI.
But we have one request before you say good bye:
Whatever you think and do and say,
We’re asking that, please Nancy, don’t Rickroll* us away!
* The Speaker of the House deserves credit for a good sense of humor.

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Claude Prez - January 19, 2009 - Report this comment
I'm glad I went to the trouble to Youtube the original; the Hoover line alone was well worth it. Great stuff! Hope you're not offended I was afraid to click on the link tho.
Patrick - January 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Great song on an obscure historical fluke. From what I understand, Atchison spent most of the day in bed and was unaware of his brief moment of power. I wonder if anyone has done a song on our first president, John Hanson? Or the other seven presidents before George Washington?
McKludge - January 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, or good parody.
alvin - January 19, 2009 - Report this comment
unique and well penned parody
AFW - January 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Timely and top notch writing.
John Jenkins - January 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Thanks for votes and comments.

Claude, if I haven’t yet been offended after five years of reading your irreverent parodies, then I won’t be offended by one positive comment.

Patrick, it sounds like a potential parody of Stairway to Heaven (Why Has Nobody Heard of These Seven?) or Henry the Eighth (The Anonymous Eight).

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