Something for the weekend. Hail to the Chief.
The Presidential anthem, it was written by James Sanderson in 1812 and became associated with the Presidency in 1815 to honor George Washington and the ending of the War of 1812. Andrew Jackson was the first living president for which the song was played. During the Civil War it was played for both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Chester A. Arthur did not like the song and had John Philip Sousa write a replacement, the Presidential Polonaise. The song is preceded by four ruffles and flourishes, the highest of musical honors, for the President. After Arthur’s term of office the Marine Corps Band went right back to playing Hail to the Chief to announce the President. Here are the almost never sung, thank goodness, lyrics:
Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation,
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call.
Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander,
This you will do, that’s our strong, firm belief.
Hail to the one we selected as commander,
Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief!
Here is the Presidential Polonaise: