I Sing the Trousers Electric

By: Matthew Battles
October 26, 2009

A new Levi’s advertisement uses a wax-cylinder recording of what is believed to be Walt Whitman reciting his own poem.


Of course, it’s by no means Whitman’s first trousers ad —

O soul in general! Loafe! Proceed through
space with a hole in your trousers!
O tattered flag of freedom! not national free-
dom, nor any of that sort of infernal non-
sense, but individual freedom, freedom to
do just as you d — n please!



Haw-Haw, Spectacles