The Dodger

(1950)

“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.

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The audio recording, provided in the audio player to the right, features Thomas Hampson, baritone, and Craig Rutenberg, piano. This song was recorded for Instant Encore as part of American Public Media's Performance Today series, presented by Classical Minnesota Public Radio. To listen, please click on the track name itself. You can download a recording of this entire recital for free through the Instant Encore website with the download code: THSOA2009.

The Dodger
Traditional


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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