BILL NOTTAGE
The thoughts I have of the song are that
although the first act of defiance against the
crown was in RI, I never read about it in any
high school or college history books.  I
learned about it from my cousin’s wife who
has worked on the annual Gaspee Day
celebration over the years.  The other
thought I had was that the burning of the
Gaspee was more historically important than
the Boston Tea Party.  As singer-songwriter
Jan Luby so nicely put it when I performed it
at a RISA critique  “Big deal – they threw
some tea in the water -  we blew up the %
&$#  ship!!”



BILL NOTTAGE
I have been writing songs since the mid 1970’
s  and have occasionally played around the
state, most recently with RISA  at the
Brooklyn and Indigo Pizza.  I have had about
7 contracts with publishers, but nothing has
come of them.  
THE BURNING OF THE GASPEE
©2011 William J Nottage, Jr

IN THE DARKENED CORNER OF A SMOKE FILLED ROOM
ON JUNE OF 1772
A PLOT WAS HATCHED IN THE AFTERNOON
AN ACT AGAINST THE CROWN
THE NEWS HAD JUST COME DOWN
THE GASPEE RAN AGROUND

FOR TO LONG SHE’S BEEN ON THEIR BACKS
BOARDING THEIR SHIPS COLLECTING TAX
TAKING THEIR OUR CARGO FILLING THEIR SACKS
AND IT WOULD END THIS DAY
SHE’S HELPLESS IN THE BAY
THE GASPEE’S GOING TO PAY

CHORUS
    FROM BUNKER HILL TO THE DUMPING TEA
    THE FATHERS FOUGHT THE TYRANNY
    UNTIL THEY WON THEIR LIBERTY  
    FREEDOM DOESN’T COME FOR FREE
    IT ALL BEGAN ONE NIGHT AT SEA
    WITH THE GASPEE

ON A MOONLESS NIGHT THEY BOARDED THE CRAFT
ORGANIZED THEN SPLIT IN HALF
STARTED FIRES BOTH FORE AND AFT
AND AS AWAY THEY ROWED
AMIDST THE FIRE’S GLOW
HER POWDER KEGS DID BLOW


CHORUS


A SPIRIT SPREAD THE COLONIES
A SENSE OF SOLIDARITY
OF BRAVE MEN LONGING TO BE FREE
AND ALL ACROSS THE LAND
THE TIME WAS CLOSE AT HAND
THE TIME TO MAKE A STAND


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