Talk:James K. Polk

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so, has anybody else had a teacher use this song as a teaching method?- MRH0RRIBLE 18:00, 28 February 2007

Yeah! This year, my 60ish-year-old history teacher took a whole day aside to play us the song. And then he revealed that he was a huge fan, and talked through the whole Dial-A-Song early history and ended up playing a few more of his favorites for the rest of the class time (Don't Let's Start, Crane, Dinner Bell, Lie Still). Which made that day probably the best day of my life, hands down. ~ magbatz
My history teacher uses it too, then he had us do a project where we came up with a song or a parody song and perform it in front of the class. The song was to be about Andrew Jackson, Me and my friend made an accordion song about said president.MRH0RRIBLE
My social studies teacher from a while back, who my brother has now, is a TMBG fan. We started talking about TMBG and she said she loved this song and wanted to use it in her lesson. Funny how I meet more teachers than kids who listen/listened to TMBG. x_x--Lemita 01:14, 15 February 2008 (UTC)
A teacher at my school plays it every year, but he teaches a higher grade. Apollo

Which version do you think is better--this one or the original? On the song ratings this one is rated much higher, but I'm not really sure why. I thoroughly enjoyed both versions.. -Fwahobadagadz 00:19, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

  • I like both more than the other for different reasons: this version is faster and has a musical saw and full band, the original is sung more powerfully. Mr. 77

They must be related somehow - Linnell inherited his eyes! - Whirrrlwind (Woosh!) 17:48, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Regarding Ore-"We're not gone yet!"[edit]

Yeah guys? Well, maybe you're saying it wrong. I see an "O". Like Don Rickles. Or Ron Howard. Or Stop telling me how to pronounce this name. You and the stupid Willamette (WILL-A-MET. HA.) can go correct someone else. I'm tired of this. If half (nay, more!) of the damn country says it a certain way, guess what. We're right and you all can just put up with us. Jerks. (NOTE TO SELF, STAY THE HELL OUT OF JERKLAND I MEAN PORTLAND) Thank you. --Luke 09:45, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure it's the people who live there who actually get to determine correct pronunciation. I'ma keep correcting you. And half of it is because they aren't English words originally, but from the dialects of the tribes of American Indians who lived here before the European settlers. Have fun with the Seattle-area towns of Sequim, Pyuallup, Issaquah, Sammamish, and Enumclaw. People really do get offended when you pronounce the name of their hometown wrong. Also, Portland is amazing, and everyone is hella nice. Plus they have Powell's, and I don't know of any other four story bookstores that take up an entire city block and then also have a separate location with entirely different stuff. --MichelleMaBelle 22:17, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
PFFFT. Portland. Is Expensive. Prrrd. --Luke 00:57, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

A great song, but how short of material were the band to re-record another old song on the second album in a row? (Mr Tuck)


Isn't this on A User's Guide, too? Apollo

that's another, similar version of the song. --ant 22:57, 13 October 2009 (UTC)

Version on Spotify Factory Showroom[edit]

I was listening to Factory Showroom on Spotify today, and it appears that while the rest of the album is correct, the track they play for James K. Polk is the Istanbul (Original) version. Not sure if anyone else cares, but now I know I need to find my CD or put on the vinyl to hear the album version. :) This is as of 17 Oct 2017.

-the mighty sun

That's odd. As far as I can tell, it's the standard version that comes with all editions of Factory Showroom--i.e., the one with the singing saw. Are you listening to it at this link? --MisterMe (talk) 07:57, 18 October 2017 (EDT)

Yep, just clicked that link and it's still the original with the La Las instead of the saw. I'm in California. Not sure that would make a difference though. Weird. Kind of cool because I hadn't heard the original, but still weird. -the mighty sun