It was a tune that I last heard sometime in 1964, from a single in my parents' collection. Astonishing that it has remained with me all these years. The melody is obviously very catchy -- I suspect it of being adapted from another tune. The lyric (as best I can remember it) goes:
John F. KennedyThat's a much as I can reconstruct, from memory and a Google search.
A remarkable young man is he
At age forty-three
Elected to the Presidency
He served his country proudly
And when the war was won
This hero of the Solomons
Went on to Washington.
He was born in Massachusetts
In the city of Brookline
And tumpty-tumpty-tumpty tum
On PT One-Oh-Nine....
But what a remarkable little ditty, no? From internal evidence, it's not a campaign song -- it must have been written after Kennedy's election, and I don't remember it referring to any assassination, although I could be wrong about that.
Some time ago, Hilary Clinton's campaign held an online survey to choose her campaign song -- and the result pretty much lost her my vote.
When did we stop coming up with original campaign songs? I suspect the shattering of the national musical aesthetic into a million shards of incompatible tastes and genres might have had something to do with it: It's hard to imagine a single song in a genre that would appeal to the public mind at large. A country campaign song? A hip-hop tune? An aria? You see the problem.
But you see, we once had an Official Musical Language that was OK for everybody to like -- or at least tolerate:
Later Edit: Those are some graphics, huh? And they're completely, unutterably pre-ironic! The world really did once look like that!