. A contextual note: The American patriot Thomas Payne wrote "The Liberty Tree" early in the American Revolution; it was published in the Pennsylvania Magazine in July 1775. Payne wrote the song to be sung to the tune "The Gods of Greece." I was unable to find the tune, and I did not particularly like any of the tunes for Payne's song that I did find, so I decided to write my own. The Liberty Tree was an actual elm tree that grew in Boston. It was an important rallying point for the Sons of Liberty in the years before the American Revolution. Patriots gathered there to hold demonstrations and even hang British officials in effigy on the tree's branches. So great was the power of this symbol that the British chopped it down in 1775. In light of the song's unfortunate relevance today (I'll leave it up to the listener to determine who the "Kings, Commons, and Lords" of 21st-century America are), I've added the implied rallying cry to the final lines of the song, and I invite the listener to join in a cheer for freedom. . https://www.youtube.com/watch?vAirHnVRKfJg&featureyoutu.be . Here's the song text: . The Liberty Tree In a chariot of light, from the regions of day, The Goddess of Liberty came, Ten thousand celestials directed her way, And hither conducted the dame. A fair budding branch from the gardens above, Where millions with millions agree, She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love, And the plant she named Liberty Tree. The celestial exotic stuck deep in the ground, Like a native it flourished and bore; The fame of its fruit drew the nations around, To seek out this peaceable shore. Unmindful of names or distinctions they came, For freemen like brothers agree; With one spirit endued, they one friendship pursued, And their temple was Liberty Tree. Beneath this fair tree, like the patriarchs of old, Their bread in contentment they ate, Unvexed with the troubles of silver or gold, The cares of the grand and the great. With timber and tar they Old England supplied, And supported her power on the sea: Her battles they fought, without getting a groat, For the honor of Liberty Tree. But hear, O ye swains ('tis a tale most profane), How all the tyrannical powers, Kings, Commons, and Lords, are uniting amain To cut down this guardian of ours. From the East to the West blow the trumpet to arms, Thro' the land let the sound of it flee : Let the far and the near all unite with a cheer, In defense of our Liberty Tree. . . Jack DesBois is a singer, actor, and storyteller. He gives annual Epiphany season performances of The Western Star, which he wrote in 2016. He self-published a chapbook of short poems in 2018. As a singer, Jack has had the good fortune to solo in several of the great works of Baroque Oratorio, including Handel’s Messiah (Bass) and Esther (Haman) and J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion (Jesus). Jack lives in Topsfield, Massachusetts.