Every grassroots movement needs an up-against-the-man folk ballad, even the Tea Party movement, though Pete Seeger might disagree. Pete's politics lean elsewhere.
At Thursday's Tax Day rally in Chicago's Daley Plaza, Joel Pollak, the GOP candidate for congress in the 9th district, offered a pretty good Tea Party anthem. It's no "We Shall Overcome," but it might catch on.
The lyrics were hard to make out, so we offer them to you here:
Ballad of the Tea Party
On a cold night in Boston, three ships in the dock
With their valuable cargo still waiting to stock
But the colonists won't pay the duty on tea
And the governor won't let the ships out to sea
Sing - hey, hey, what do we say?
American freedom is here to stay!
Hey, hey, what do we say?
Dont tax our freedom away!
Now the Crown has been adding new fees by the score
And the people don't think they can bear any more
Yet they don't have a vote, so they don't have a say
And they're starting to talk about breaking away
Now the people have gathered round the Old Meeting House
If the governor listens, they'll still hear him out
But Sam Adams, he reads the report with a frown
So the people decide that the tea must go down
So they don their disguises and clamber aboard
And the governor's tea is soon tossed overboard
And the news spreads throughout the thirteen colonies
That our country's new motto is Don't Tread On Me.