Music to Understand Revolutionary Times – “The Rich Lady Over the Sea”

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Here are the lyrics of a famous song from 1775 called “The Rich Lady Over the Sea”.

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Read the words as you listen.

There was a rich lady lived over the sea,
And she was an island queen,
Her daughter lived off in the new country,
With an ocean of water between.
With an ocean of water between.
With an ocean of water between.

The old lady’s pockets were filled with gold,
Yet never contented was she,
So she ordered her daughter to pay her a tax,
Of tuppence a pound on the tea.
Of tuppence a pound on the tea.
Of tuppence a pound on the tea.

Oh mother, dear mother, the daughter replied,
I’ll not do the thing that you ask,
I’m willing to pay fair price on the tea,
But never the tuppenney tax.
But never the tuppenney tax.
But never the tuppenney tax.

You shall, cried the mother, and reddened with rage,
For you’re my own daughter, you see,
And it’s only proper that daughter should pay
Her mother’s a tax on the tea.
Her mother’s a tax on the tea.
Her mother’s a tax on the tea.

She ordered her servant to come up to her,
And to wrap up a package of tea.
And eager for tuppence a pound she put in
Enough for a large family.
Enough for a large family.
Enough for a large family.

The tea was conveyed to her daughter’s own door,
All down by the ocean-side,
But the bouncing girl poured out ever pound
On the dark and the boiling tide.
On the dark and the boiling tide.
On the dark and the boiling tide.

And then she called out to the island queen,
Oh mother, dear mother, called she,
Your tea you may have when ’tis steeped enough,
But never a tax from me!
But never a tax from me!
But never a tax from me!

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Based on what you’ve learned from the text, explain how this song helps you understand how the colonists felt about the British Tax on Tea.

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48 thoughts on “Music to Understand Revolutionary Times – “The Rich Lady Over the Sea”

  1. In the song, the rich lady is England and the daughter is the 13 colonies. This song is based on the tax England(rich lady)put on tea and that the 13 colonies(daughter)refused to pay a tax on tea. The last 3 verses are based on the Boston Tea Party when the colonist(daughter)dumped the taxed tea from England into Boston Harbor.

  2. The song “The Rich Lady Over the Sea” was about the tax on tea. The rich lady over the sea was England and her daughter was the colonists who didn’t want to pay the tax on tea. They were willing to pay the fair price on tea but not the tuppenney tax. The person who wrote the song was talking about the tax on tea. It was also about the Boston tea party and the cause of it. The song was made in 1755 during the revolutionary war.

  3. In this historical song, “the rich lady over the sea” was England and her “daughter” was the 13 colonies, and colonists. I liked this song in many ways, one way is it tells how the boston tea party took place.

  4. The song represents England and the Colonists. The rich lady was England. The daughter was the Colonies. The “rich lady” began to become unsatisfied and began to tax her “daughter” on tea. The tea in the ocean represents The Boston Tea Party. Both of the countries were angry. The “daughter” was angry because she was taxed on tea. The “rich lady ” was angry because the “daughter ” threw the expensive tea in the ocean.

  5. Based on the text of the song or the poem, I can tell that this was a true story but it was changed a little bit. First, the Rich Island Queen was England. Second, the daughter is America.

  6. I think the message of the song is that the colonists/daughter will not pay the tax for the British/queen so this all ended up as the Boston Tea Party.

  7. Based on the text of the song or poem, I can tell that the Americans, being the daughter of the island queen, were not at all happy about the taxes the British, being the island queen, were giving them. So, since the Americans refused the taxes, this started a war.

  8. What I learned about the song is that the rich lady was England. The daughter was the colonists. The rich lady wanted her daughter to pay her a tax but the daughter said to pay a fair price but the rich lady refused. The daughter said that the rich lady would never receive a tax from her daughter.

  9. Tis song is relating to the Boston Tea Party. The rich lady is the British and the daughter is the colonist. The rich lady wanted money from the colonists for the tea. The daughter said “I am going to pay a fair amount for the tea”. The rich lady said “No”. The colonists did not like it so they dumped out all the tea in the ocean.

  10. This song helps me understand how the Colonists feel about the British’s Tax on Tea by…

    First, the “rich lady” is England and the “daughter” is the Colonists. The “rich lady” wanted her “daughter” to pay her a tax.

    Second, the “daughter” or the Colonists feels angry that the “mother” or England put a tax on the Tea.

    Third, when the Colonists did not pay a tax on the tea but payed a fair price, England “reddened with rage”.

  11. The song “The Rich Lady Over The Sea” is about colonist paying for taxes.The Rich Lady Over The Sea was England.The daughter was the colonist. The Rich Lady wanted the daughter (colonist) to pay taxes for her tea.The daughter loved the mother but she still refused to pay the taxes.This song is telling a story about the Boston Tea Party.

  12. According to the song “The Rich Lady Over the Sea”, the “Rich Lady” is England and the daughter was the 13 colonies. Now England wanted the colonies to pay taxes, and was never satisfied, for England was greedy for more money. But the colonies refused to pay taxes, thinking that it was unfair for “American Citizens” to pay the taxes. So when the tea taxes came, there was the Boston Tea Party, and the colonists dumped out 342 crates of English tea out on the harbor. England was very upset of the refusal from the colonists to pay the taxes.

  13. This song shows that the island queen which is the “rich lady” (also England) is trying to tax the 13 colonies and the daughter (colonies). The daughter (colonies) says that she was willing to pay fair price tea but not the tuppence tax.

  14. This song tells me that the “rich lady” (or England) is taxing the “daughter” (or the 13 colonies) on tea. To protest the “daughter” pours the tea into the ocean (The Boston Tea Party).

  15. The song “The Rich Lady Over the Sea” is about the colonists and England. The rich lady was in England and her daughter was in the colony. The rich lady wanted her daughter to pay the tax for the tea. The daughter didn’t want to pay the tax and got angry. The rich lady sent tea to her daughter and the daughter threw it into th ocean.

  16. The song (The Rich Lady Over The Sea) is about a lady ( England) who was never satisfied so she made her daughter (colonists) pay her tax for tea but the daughter would not pay such a tax.

  17. The rich lady of the sea is ENGLAND. The daughter is the 13 colonies. The colonies and England were angry.

  18. In the song “The Rich Old Lady Over the Sea”, The “Rich Old Lady” was England. The song used that name because England got taxes from the colonists, being rich after the French and Indian War. The daughter of England,”The 13 colonies” thought that taxes were unfair. They wanted freedom and colonists said that England was greedy. Colonists dumped 360 crates of tea into the Atlantic Ocean, called the Boston Tea Party. After that, there was a war called The “American Revolution.” Colonists won and gained freedom.

  19. This song tells me that the “rich lady” (or England) were family with the 13 colonies (or her daughter) until England started to tax the 13 colonies for tea and then that is how the Boston Tea Party started.

  20. I think the rich lady was England and and the daughter is not happy about the tax her mother put on the tea so then there was a Boston Tea Party so the daughter threw lots of tea in the sea and they didn’t pay the tax.

  21. The song is based on England and the colonist. The rich lady over the sea is England and the daughter is the colonist. England wants more $$$ on taxes but the colonist refuses.

  22. This song shows you that the” Rich Lady”is England and she is trying to tax the colonies and her daughter. The daughter(colonies) says that she was willing to pay fair price tea but not the tuppence tax. On the night of The Boston Tea Party, the daughter dressed up as Indians and through the Rich Ladies tea over the sea.

  23. The song tells you that the “Rich Lady” is the British and the “Daughter” was the colonists. The Rich Lady wanted her daughter to pay taxes on tea, but the daughter refused to pay taxes on the tea. On the night of the Boston Tea Party the Daughter dressed up as Indians and threw the Rich Lady’s tea into the sea.

  24. The patriots thought that the taxes were unfair and wanted to get rid of the taxes. War started but it was the only option because the British kept on bugging the patriots. The island queen was the British. The daughter was the patriots. The daughter throwing the tea in to the boiling tide is the Boston tea party.

  25. I think the message of the song “The Rich lady Over the sea” is that the rich lady was the British and the daughter was the colonists and the rich lady wanted the daughter to pay tax but they refused. This was the time of the Stamp Act. The meaning of that the rich lady had lots of gold in her pockets was that British had a lot of money and it was a very rich country. When they were making the song about Stamp Act, they had to put a lot of detail in not many words and I think that was extraordinary.

  26. “The Rich Lady Over The Sea” is one of the songs that the patriots sung to make fun of the British. The Island Queen (The British) is trying to get the daughter (The colonists) to pay her a tax. The daughter (The colonists) gets angry and throws the tea into the “boiling tide” (The Boston Tea Party). The song is telling me that the daughter is angry that the mother demanded a tax, and then the mother gets angry because the daughter would not pay the tax. The daughter thought the tax was unfair.

  27. The Rich Lady Over The Sea is the British and the daughter is the colonists. The colonists were not happy that they had to pay the British a tax for the tea so what the colonists did was when the British sent the tea down to the shore the Colonists threw the tea overboard into the sea.

  28. In this song, the colonists were mad that the British wanted them to pay tax. The Rich Lady is also the mother of the British people. The daughter is the colonist.

  29. The music sounds delightful. I like the sound of the music. I also liked the lyrics and how it repeated.

  30. The mother was England the daughter was the 13 colonies. Also,even though the mother (England) had gold they were not content. So the mother ordered her daughter to pay her a tuppence tax on the tea but the daughter wanted a fair price. The mother said no so the daughter spilled ALL the tea into the water. This is what led up to the Boston Tea Party. The song The Rich Lady Over The Sea told me that at that time, tea was special to the daughter (13 colonies)

  31. The rich lady over the sea lived in England and her daughter lived in the 13 colonies. So the song is about a rich lady who wanted her daughter to pay her tax and this song is related to the British tea party. At the end, boxes of tea were thrown overboard.

  32. The song tells me about the rich lady over the sea. The rich lady is the Island Queen and she was in the British. The daughter of the rich lady is a colonist. In the beginning of this song, the rich lady wanted her daughter to pay a tax. The rich lady and the daughter were mad at each other.

  33. I learned that the 13 colonies had to pay a tax to the British and they were angry about it. For example, the British forced the 13 colonies to pay a tax. Also the 13 colonies were very angry about the tax and did not want to pay it.

  34. I learned that there was a rich lady who lived over the sea who had a daughter that was the 13 colonies. Also that the queen had too many demands of tea and she ordered her daughter to pay her tax. So then her daughter said no and she said that her mother has to pay her own tax.

  35. This song tells me that, long time ago, tea was important. The queen was the island and the daughter was the colonies(13 colonies). It tells me the queen was very rich and was never happy.

  36. This song tells me that the mother (which is the British) wanted the daughter (which is the 13 colonies) to pay the mother’s tax. For example, in the song “The Rich Lady Over The Sea”, the mother asked, “Will you pay my tax?” and the daughter said, “I shall not pay your tax.” This is what the song “The Rich Lady Over The Sea” is about.

  37. The music was calm. Also I liked the music so much. It is about an old lady over the sea. England +made the colonists pay a tax. The colonists were mad.

  38. I like the music. I like how it show how the daughter felt about paying the tax of tea to the England Queen. I like how the song was about England that had ordered the daughter to pay a lot of taxes on tea but she didn’t want to.

  39. The song was ‘The Rich Lady Over The Sea”. It was calm and had nice lyrics. It was about a mother and she was British. She wanted her daughter to pay for her tax.

  40. The song was soft and nice. It is also calm. I liked the song. It was about an old lady who was rich. Who was the rich lady’s daughter? The American colonists were mad because the England made them pay a tax.

  41. The song was so gentle and beautiful and it makes me sad.The song was about the queen of England ordering her daughter (the colonies)to pay her tax on tea.

  42. The sound of the music was calm. I think the island queen is England and the daughter is the colonies. The queen was trying to make her daughter pay a tax on tea, and she wouldn’t.

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