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Animaniacs - Presidents

Animaniacs - Presidents

The Presidents Song is a song from episode 75 (year 1995) of Animaniacs. It is sung by the Warners to the tune of the finale of Gioachino Rossini's "William Tell Overture", describing the first 42 Presidents of the United States from George Washington to Bill Clinton. The lyrics were written by Randy Rogel. It is also the 12th track on the album Variety Pack, and contains lyrics that were originally written for the song, but did not end up in the show. In 2019, there is currently 52 US presidents (including Cleveland twice). 

Lyrics

Yakko:
Heigh Ho, do ya know
The names of the US residents
Who then became the presidents
And got a view from the White House loo
Of Pennsylvania Avenue? 
Wakko:
George Washington was the first, you see,
He once chopped down a cherry tree.
Dot:
President number two would be
John Adams, and then number three...
Yakko:
Tom Jefferson stayed up to write
A declaration late at night.
So he and his wife had a great big fight
And she made him sleep on the couch all night.
Wakko:
James Madison never had a son
And he fought the War of 1812.
Dot:
James Monroe's colossal nose
Was bigger than Pinocchio's.
Yakko:
John Quincy Adams was number six
And it's Andrew Jackson's butt he kicks.
So Jackson learns to play politics.
Next time, he's the one that the country picks.
Dot:
Martin Van Buren, number eight
For a one-term shot as chief of state.
Yakko:
William Harrison, how do ya praise?
That guy was dead in thirty days!
Wakko:
Old John Tyler he liked country folk...
Dot:
And after him came President Polk.
Yakko:
Zachary Taylor liked to smoke,
His breath killed friends whenever he spoke.
Wakko:
1850, really nifty,
Millard Fillmore's in.
Yakko:
Young and fierce was Franklin Pierce,
The man without a chin.
Dot:
Follows next a period spannin'
Four long years with James Buchanan.
Then the south starts shootin' cannon
And we got a Civil War.
The Warners:
(to the tune of "I Wish I Was in Dixie")
A war!
A war down south in Dixie!
Yakko:
Up to bat comes old Abe Lincoln.
Dot:
There's a guy who's really thinkin'!
Wakko:
Kept the United States from shrinkin',
Saved the ship of state from sinkin'!
Dot:
Andrew Johnson's next,
He had some slight defects.
Wakko:
Congress each would impeach...
Dot:
And so the country now elects...
Yakko:
Ulysses Simpson Grant,
Who would scream and rave and rant...
Wakko:
While drinkin' whiskey, although risky,
'Cause he'd spill it on his pants.
Yakko:
It's 1877 and the Democrats would gloat.
But they're all amazed when Rutherford Hayes
Wins by just one vote.
Dot:
James Garfield someone really hated
'Cause he was assassinated.
Wakko:
Chester Arthur gets instated.
Four years later, he was traded...
Dot:
For Grover Cleveland, really fat,
Elected twice as a Democrat.
Then Benjamin Harrison, after that,
It's William McKinley up to bat.
Yakko:
Teddy Roosevelt charged up San Juan Hill.
Wakko:
And President Taft, he got the bill.
Yakko:
In 1913, Woodrow...
The Warners:
Wiiiiillllllllllson
So, takes us into World War I!
(Military cadence)
Yakko:
Warren Harding, next in line.
Dot:
It's Calvin Coolidge, he does fine.
Wakko:
And then in 1929,
The market crashes and we find...
Yakko:
It's Herbert Hoover's big debut.
He gets the blame and loses to...
Dot:
Franklin Roosevelt, President who
Helped us win in World War II.
Wakko:
Harry Truman, weird little human,
Serves two terms and when he's done...
Yakko:
It's Eisenhower who's got the power
From '53 to '61.
Dot:
John Kennedy had Camelot
Then Lyndon Johnson took his spot.
Yakko:
Richard Nixon, he gets caught
And Gerald Ford fell down a lot.
Wakko:
Jimmy Carter liked campaign trips.
Yakko:
And Ronald Reagan's speeches' scripts
All came from famous movie clips,
And President Bush said, "Read my lips."
Dot:
Now in Washington, DC...
Wakko:
There's Democrats and the GOP...
Yakko:
But the ones in charge are plain to see...
Dot:
The Clintons, Bill and Hillary!
Yakko:
{slower}
The next President to lead the way,
Well, it might just be yourself one day.
Then the press'll distort everything you say...
The Warners:
{abruptly change to normal speed}
So jump in your plane and fly away!

Album lyrics

Yakko:
Heigh ho, do you know
The names of the U.S. residents
And then became the Presidents
And got a view from the White House loo
Of Pennsylvania Avenue?
George Washington was the first, you see.
He once chopped down a cherry tree.
Dot:
President number two would be
John Adams, and then number three...
Yakko:
Tom Jefferson stayed up to write
The Constitution late at night.
So he and his wife had a great big fight
And she made him sleep on the couch all night.
Wakko:
James Madison never had a son
And he fought the War of 1812.
Dot:
James Monroe's colossal nose
Was bigger than Pinocchio's.
Yakko:
John Quincy Adams was number six
And it's Andrew Jackson's butt he kicks.
So Jackson learns to play politics.
Next time, he's the one that the country picks.
Dot:
Martin van Buren, number eight
For a one-term shot as chief of state.
Yakko:
William Harrison, how do ya praise?
That guy was dead in thirty days!
Wakko:
Old John Tyler he liked country folk...
Dot:
And after him came President Polk.
Yakko:
Zachary Taylor liked to smoke,
His breath killed friends whenever he spoke.
Wakko:
1850, really nifty,
Millard Fillmore's in.
Yakko:
Young and fierce was Franklin Pierce,
The man without a chin.
Dot:
Followin' next a period spannin'
Four long years with James Buchanan.
Then the south starts shootin' cannons
And we got a Civil War.
The Warners:
(to the tune of "I Wish I Was in Dixie")
A war!
A war down south in Dixie!
Yakko:
Up to bat comes old Abe Lincoln.
Dot:
There's a guy who's really thinkin'!
Wakko:
Kept the United States from shrinkin',
Saved the ship of state from sinkin'!
Dot:
Andrew Johnson's next,
He had some slight defects.
Wakko:
Congress each would impeach...
Dot:
And so the country now elects...
Yakko:
Ulysses Simpson Grant,
Who would scream and rave and rant...
Wakko:
While drinkin' whiskey, although risky,
'Cause he'd spill it on his pants.
Yakko:
It's 1877 and the Democrats would gloat.
But they're all amazed when Rutherford Hayes
Wins by just one vote.
Dot:
James Garfield someone really hated
'Cause he was assassinated.
Wakko:
Chester Arthur gets instated.
Four years later, he was traded...
Dot:
For Grover Cleveland, really fat,
Elected twice as a Democrat.
Then Benjamin Harrison, after that,
It's William McKinley up to bat.
Yakko:
Teddy Roosevelt charged up San Juan Hill.
Wakko:
And President Taft, he gets the bill.
Yakko:
In 1913, Woodrow...
The Warners:
Wiiiiillllllllllson
Takes us into World War I!
(Military cadence)
Yakko:
Warren Harding, he does fine.
Dot:
It's Calvin Coolidge next in line.
Wakko:
And then in 1929,
The market crashes and we find...
Yakko:
It's Herbert Hoover's big debut.
He gets the blame and loses to...
Dot:
Franklin Roosevelt, President who
Helped us win in World War II.
Wakko:
Harry Truman, weird little human,
Serves two terms and when he's done...
Yakko:
It's Eisenhower who's got the power
From '53 to '61.
Dot:
John F. Kennedy, he got shot,
So Lyndon Johnson takes his spot.
Yakko:
Richard Nixon, he gets caught
And Gerald Ford fell down a lot.
Wakko:
Jimmy Carter liked campaign trips.
Yakko:
And Ronald Reagan's speeches' scripts
All came from famous movie clips,
And President Bush said, "Read my lips."
Dot:
Now in Washington, DC...
Wakko:
There's Democrats and the GOP...
Yakko:
But the one in charge is plain to see...
Dot:
It's Clinton, first name Hillary!
Yakko:
The next President to lead the way,
Well, it might just be yourself one day.
Then the press'll distort everything you say...
The Warners:
So jump in your plane and fly away!
List of Animaniacs Episodes
Season 1
De-Zanitized/The Monkey Song/Nighty-Night Toon; Yakko's World/Cookies for Einstein/Win Big; H.M.S. Yakko/Slappy Goes Walnuts/Yakko's Universe; Hooked on a Ceiling/Goodfeathers: The Beginning; Taming Of The Screwy; Temporary Insanity/Operation: Lollipop/What are We?; Piano Rag/When Rita Met Runt; The Big Candy Store/Bumbie's Mom; Wally Llama/Where Rodents Dare; King Yakko; No Pain, No Painting/Les Miseranimals; Garage Sale of the Century/West Side Pigeons; Hello Nice Warners/La Behemoth/Little Old Slappy from Pasadena; La La Law/Cat on a Hot Steel Beam; Space-Probed/Battle for the Planet; Chalkboard Bungle/Hurray for Slappy/The Great Wakkorotti: The Master and His Music; Roll Over, Beethoven/The Cat and the Fiddle; Pavlov's Mice/Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov/Nothing But the Tooth; Meatballs or Consequences/A Moving Experience; Hearts of Twilight/The Boids; The Flame/Wakko's America/Davy Omelette/Four Score and Seven Migraines Ago; Guardin' the Garden/Plane Pals; Be Careful What You Eat/Up the Crazy River/Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump Dump Dump; Opportunity Knox/Wings Take Heart; Hercule Yakko/Home on De-Nile/A Midsummer Night's Dream; Testimonials (Animaniacs)/Babblin' Bijou Potty Emergency/Sir Yaksalot; You Risk Your Life/I Got Yer Can/Jockey for Position; Moby or Not Moby Mesozoic Mindy The Good, the Boo, and the Ugly Draculee, Draculaa Phranken-Runt Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled Moon Over Minerva Skullhead Boneyhands O Silly Mio Puttin' on the Blitz The Great Wakkorotti: The Summer Concert Chairman of the Bored Planets Song Astro-Buttons Cartoons in Wakko's Body 1 Noah's Lark Cartoons in Wakko's Body 2 The Big Kiss Hiccup Cartoons in Wakko's Body Conclusion Clown and Out Bubba Bo Bob Brain In the Garden of Mindy No Place Like Homeless Katie Ka-Boo Baghdad Cafe Critical Condition The Three Muska-Warners Dough Dough Boys Boot Camping General Boo-Regard Spellbound Smitten with Kittens Alas Poor Skullhead White Gloves Fair Game The Slapper Puppet Rulers Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter Broadcast Nuisance Raging Bird Animator's Alley Can't Buy a Thrill Hollywoodchuck Of Nice and Men What a Dump! Survey Ladies Useless Fact 1 The Senses Song Useless Fact 2 Dot's Poetry Corner The World Can Wait Useless Fact 3 Kiki's Kitten Useless Fact 4 Windsor Hassle ...And Justice for Slappy Turkey Jerky Wild Blue Yonder Video Revue When Mice Ruled the Earth Mobster Mash Lake Titicaca Icebreakers A Christmas Plotz Little Drummer Warners Twas the Day Before Christmas Jingle Boo The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert Toy Shop Terror Yakko's Universe The Warners and the Beanstalk Frontier Slappy Ups and Downs The Brave Little Trailer Yes, Always Drive-Insane Girlfeathers I'm Cute Brain Meets Brawn Meet Minerva Gold Rush A Gift of Gold Dot's Quiet Time Schnitzelbank The Helpinki Formula Le Bouton et le Ballon Kung Boo Of Course You Know, This Means Warners Up a Tree Wakko's Gizmo Meet John Brain Smell Ya Later Ragamuffins Woodstock Slappy Karaoke-Dokie Cranial Crusader The Chicken Who Loved Me Baloney and Kids Super Buttons Katie Ka-Boom: The Driving Lesson Scare Happy Slappy Witch One MacBeth With Three, You Get Eggroll Mermaid Mindy Katie Ka-Boom: Call Waiting Lookit the Fuzzy Heads No Face Like Home The Warners 65th Anniversary Special
Season 2
Take My Siblings, Please The Mindy 500 Morning Malaise Miami Mama-Mia Pigeon on the Roof We're No Pigeons Whistle-Stop Mindy Katie Ka-Boom: The Broken Date I'm Mad Bad Mood Bobby Katie Ka-Boom: The Blemish Fake
Season 3
Super Strong Warner Siblings Nutcracker Slappy Wakko's New Gookie A Quake, a Quake! Variety Speak Three Tenors and You're Out Bingo Deduces Wild Rest in Pieces U.N. Me A Hard Day's Warners Gimme a Break Buttons in Ows Hercules Unwound This Pun for Hire Star Truck Go Fish Multiplication (song) The Sound of Warners Yabba Dabba Boo My Mother the Squirrel The Party Oh Say Can You See The Twelve Days of Christmas Dot's Entertainment The Girl with the Googily Goop Gunga Dot Soccer Coach Slappy Belly Button Blues Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise Valuable Lesson Wakko's 2-Note Song Panama Canal Hello Nurse The Ballad of Magellan The Return of the Great Wakkorotti The Big Wrap Party Tonight
Season 4
One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock Cutie and the Beast Boo Happens Noel Jokahontas Boids on the Hood Mighty Wakko at the Bat A Very Very Very Very Special Show Night of the Living Buttons Soda Jerk From Burbank with Love Anchors A-Warners When You're Traveling Papers for Pappa Amazing Gladiators Pinky and the Ralph Ten Short Films About Wakko Warner No Time for Love The Boo Network Pitter Patter of Little Feet Mindy in Wonderland Ralph's Wedding
Season 5
Back in Style Bones in the Body It Dot- The Macadamia Nut Bully for Skippy Cute First (Ask Questions Later) Acquaintances Here Comes Atilla Boo Wonder Magic Time The Brain's Apprentice Hooray for North Hollywood (Part I) Hooray for North Hollywood (Part II) The Carpool The Sunshine Squirrels The Christmas Tree Punchline (Part I) Prom Night Punchline (Part II) Birds on a Wire The Scoring Session The Animaniacs Suite
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