James K. Polk (Original Version)

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song name James K. Polk
artist They Might Be Giants
releases Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (EP), Specialty Records Test Pressing, Dial-A-Song, Free When You Call From Work, TMBG Clock Radio, Flood + Apollo 18
year 1990
run time 3:16
sung by John Linnell; John Flansburgh joins in during the "la-la-la" vocal solo


  • This version of "James K. Polk" is vastly different from the later version on Factory Showroom. Though the lyrics are almost identical, the instrumentation is much simpler and more synthetic, and the song is underscored with a heavy drum track.

Song Themes

Cities, Educational, History, Numbers, People (Real), Politics, Presidents, Titles And Honorifics, US States, War, Military


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James K. Polk (Original Version) is currently ranked #493 out of 1013. (34 wikians have given it an average rating of 8.26)