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From Tennessee and a lawyer he smelled just like Jackson
Speaker of the House and Governor he hated taxes
A dark horse candidate his campaign stood for expansion
He wanted Texas, Oregon, California, yeah all of it!
He would push and shove
To get what he wanted

James Polk reduce the tariff
James Polk free the Treasury
James Polk acquire new land
James Polk he got his way!

The U.S.-Mexican War no doubt marked his legacy
Sent troops to land that Mexico claimed was their territory
Easily won the war that he aggressively started
Gained land with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

James Polk reduce the tariff
James Polk free the Treasury
James Polk acquire new land
James Polk he got his way!

Avoided another war with Britain over Oregon
Even tried to purchase Cuba from Spain, they wouldn't let him
He was decisive, didn't care what others said about him
In four years he accomplished more than many did in eight

He had his manifest destiny
He had his manifest destiny

James Polk reduce the tariff
James Polk free the Treasury
James Polk acquire new land
James Polk he got his way!

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from The Presidents of the United States of America (Volume 1), track released February 21, 2011
Matt Beat

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Electric Needle Room are an indie pop band based in Lawrence, Kansas. It is mostly a solo project for Matt Beat, but his brother, Steven Beat, also helps with percussion. Emcee DL, Bryan Poole, Dave Thomas, and Chris Huggard have all helped the band with live performances throughout its history. ... more

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