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Ukulele Jim
12-30-2011, 10:39 AM
I was googling myself the other day (as I am wont to do in moments of narcissism) and stumbled across this strange song called "Ukelele Jim".

It's from the papers of Minnie fisher Cunningham, a suffragist from Texas. This dates back to sometime around 1918 or 1919. I'm pretty sure 'Ukelele Jim' refers to Jim Furgeson, a Texas politician during the prohibition era.

Of course, now I want to play it, but I have no idea what the "Casey Jones" tune is. It's obviously not the Grateful Dead one. Anyone know how this song goes?

http://www.ukulelejim.net/images/ukelelejim.jpg

ukemunga
12-30-2011, 10:55 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8qTKyb0EcY

:)

Ukulele Jim
12-30-2011, 11:10 AM
Nice, thanks!

The words do seem to fit, mostly. Still, as political parodies go, it's not a great one.

I did a little more reading, and I guess the 'Ukelele Jim' from this song was a governor of Texas who got impeached in 1917. His wife went on to become governor, too.