The Dodger

“The Dodger” is the second song in Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs, Set 1. A campaign song linked specifically with the 1884 election of Grover Cleveland, “The Dodger” satirizes several professions, but Copland retained only three in his version: the political candidate, the preacher, and the lover.

--Stephanie Poxon, Ph.D.

Date: 1950Composer: Aaron CoplandText: TraditionalSong Collection: Old American Songs, Set 1

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    The Dodger
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    Yes the candidate’s a dodger,
    Yes a well-known dodger.
    Yes the candidate’s a dodger,
    Yes and I’m a dodger too.

    He’ll meet you and treat you,
    And ask you for your vote.
    But look out boys,
    He’s a-dodgin’ for your note.

    Yes we’re all dodgin’
    A-dodgin’, dodgin’, dodgin’.
    Yes we’re all dodgin’
    Out away through the world.

    Yes the preacher he’s a dodger,
    Yes a well-known dodger.
    Yes the preacher he’s a dodger,
    Yes and I’m a dodger too.

    He’ll preach you a gospel,
    And tell you of your crimes.
    But look out boys,
    He’s a-dodgin’ for your dimes.

    Yes we’re all dodgin’ . . . etc.

    Yes the lover he’s a dodger,
    Yes a well-known dodger.
    Yes the lover he’s a dodger,
    Yes and I’m a dodger too.

    He’ll hug you and kiss you,
    And call you his bride,
    But look out girls,
    He’s a-tellin’ you a lie.

    Yes we’re all dodgin’ . . . etc.

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