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OLD TUNES – THE NEW LlLLY BULLERO


Burgoyne surrendered @ Saratoga – October 17,1777. News reached France December, 1777. The news helped Franklin with the French Alliance, February 6, 1778. When the alliance was printed in the loyalist NYC. Rivington Gazette, a Mr. Lockman was inspired to write new words: “The French are a coming as news writers say,” and “Will over OUR herring pond (Atlantic Ocean) … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – LILLIBULLERO


Lillibullero is a march that sets the words of a satirical ballad generally said to be by Lord Thomas Wharton to music attributed to Henry Purcell. Although Purcell published Lillibullero in his compilation Music’s Handmaid of 1689 as “a new Irish tune”, it is probable that Purcell hijacked the tune as his own, a common practice in the musical world … Continue reading


OLD TUNES – LIBERTY SONG


The Liberty Song 1768

A short time after the refusal of the Massachusetts Legislature to rescind the Circular Letter of February 11, 1768, relating to the imposition of duties and taxes on the American Colonies, John Dickinson of Delaware, the celebrated author of a series of essays entitled “The Farmer’s Letters,” wrote to James Otis of Massachusetts, as follows: “I … Continue reading


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