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What a Court Hath Old England (George Stevens, in 1775) What a court hath old England of folly and sin Spite of Chatham and Camden, Barre, Burkes, Wilks and Glynn Not content with the game act, they taxed fish and sea And America drench with hot water and tea Derry down, down, down, derry down But if the wise council of England doth think They may be enslaved by the power of drink, They're right to enforce it; but then do you see? The colonies, too, may refuse and be free. There's no knowing where this oppression will stop Some say there's no cure but a capital chop. And that I believe each American's wish Since you've drenched 'em with tea and deprived 'em of fish. The birds of the air and the fish of the sea By the gods for poor Dan Adam's use were made free, Till a man with more power than old Moses would wish Said, "Ye wretches, ye shan't touch a fowl or a fish!" Three generals these mandates have borne 'cross the sea To deprive 'em of fish and make 'em drink tea; In turn, sure, these freemen will boldly agree To give 'em a dance upon Liberty Tree. Then freedom's the word, both at home and abroad So out with each scabbard that hides a good sword Our forefathers gave us this freedom in hand And we'll die in defense of the rights of the land. parody of Liberty Hall, 1757 printed in Burl Ives Songbook, 1953 tune: derry down SOF, AJS
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