“The Boston Tea Tax”


"I snum [declare] I am a Yankee lad, And I guess I'll sing a ditty." The singer describes all that his people would have done then had America been free (e.g. crossed a bridge that wasn't built yet). Failing that, they dumped the tea


Although this song refers to events of 1773, the references to changes which took place after that time make it clear that it is more recent. Botkin dates it to the period 1830-1840. - RBW

Historical references

  • Dec. 16, 1773 - Boston Tea Party. Americans protest the British tax on tea by dumping a shipload into Boston Harbor


  1. Botkin-NEFolklr, pp. 539-541, "The Boston Tea Tax" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. DT, TEATAX*
  3. BI, BNEF539


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1933
Found in: US