A New Song!
By Paul and Laura Dickfoss.

Most members of the NWTA have at least heard the song The British Grenadiers or its parody, The Massachusetts Liberty Song (also known informally as Free America). Recently we had the opportunity to study an original copy of Free America at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.. To our surprise, attached to it was this elegantly hand-written song entitled:

Massachusetts Liberty Song Paradized, April 1770
In Bedlands lost Numbers
discordant Yankees sing,
And twang in awful Ditty,
God save our gracious King
May they leave off their canting
and with Caution pray,
Have Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Lord on poor America.
Their Patron I___y O___s,
that Sage of great renown,
Like Sheep herded the Rabble
of this seditious Town.
The Rostmann then he mounted,
where he did loudly pray,
Defend, Defend, Defend my Boys,
Defend America.
Next Independent Sammy,
a Scribble in the cause,
An Enemy to Britain,
to George and to his Laws,
Whose Rebel dictates all the Sons
of Liberty obey
The Fools, the Fools, the Fools, the Fools
of weak America.
The Penman Great Humanus
is ready at their call,
To sacrifice his Neighbours
the Ministry to mall,
On him they blindly pin their Faith
of great Dependance lay,
To purge, to purge, to purge, to purge
oppress’d America.
The puff’d Determinates
the mock-bird of the Throng
With rapture loath the power
of his lognacious Tongue
Which tickles so the Vulgar
they ready Homage pay,
This parroting Oracle the pride
of dup’d America.
Great William their Commander,
that Bully in disguize,
That well known lite of Yorkshire
and Magazine of Sies,
That truly patriotic Man,
who bellows Night and Day,
Confirm’d, Confirm’d, the Knave, the Knave
of weak America.
There’s busy Master Aaron,
and many Worthies more,
As factious as the Gentry
we’ve mention’d just before
Who strive with all their Mimic
Mighty Old England low to lay,
And any Rebel, Rebel, Rebel,
Rebel America.
To scourge such disobedience
and crush these Mushroom Lords,
Let British Grenediers gird
on their conjuring Swords,
Bra Donald Grae, the Highlands,
his Muckle Wanger Play
Adieu, Adieu, Adieu, Adieu,
to lost America.

Since this is hand written (a good dictionary and some imagination will help you in reading this), it may never have gone to print and probably was never a popular song. Nonetheless, at least one loyalist put a considerable amount of thought into writing this and it provides a glimpse of the feelings flourishing in 1770 America. This song may be fun to sing on a limited basis.

SOURCE: Anonymous, 1770, Massachusetts Liberty Song Paradized April 1770: Library of Congress, Rare Books and Special Collections Reading Room, Broadside portfolio 37, no. 18. A copy is held in the Dickfoss’ private library.

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