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Ballad of the Tea Party

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Ballad of the Tea Party

Ballad of the Tea Party

Tea ships near to Boston lying on the wharf a numerous crew
Sons of freedom, never dying then appeared in view

  With a rink tum, dink tum, fa la link tum
  Then appeared in view
  With a rink tum, dink tum, fa la link tum
  Then appeared in view

Armed with hammers, axes, chisels, weapons new for warlike deed
Toward the tax-ed, freighted vessels, on they came with speed

  (similarly)

Overboard she goes, my boys, heave ho where darkling waters roar
We love our cup of tea full well, but love our freedom more

Deep, into the sea descended cursed weed of China's coast
Thus at once our fears were ended, rights shall ne'er be lost

printed in Burl Ives Songbook, 1953
tune, "Sailor's Complaint" or "Come and Listen to my Ditty" 1730
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