Lemonade Freedom Songs!

I am attending Lemonade Freedom Day this weekend. Today I arrived in DC and met up with Super-Activist Eddie Free and some other activists for a special “foodie” dinner including a delightful smorgesborg of interesting cheeses and spreads and even more delightful company.

One of the food activists, Liz Reitzig, and I discussed with each other our shared love of Civil Rights Freedom Songs. Having participated in the Shire Choir in the past, I decided to ask composer Richard Onley if he had any Lemonade-themed freedom songs, and lo-and-behold, he did!

RAW MILK TO DRINK (“Skittamarink”)

Raw milk to drink, and lemonade,
Raw milk and lemonade—
Free to trade!

Raw milk to drink, and lemonade,
Raw milk and lemonade—
Free to trade!

I’m free as cows in meadows,
As lemons in a tree,
Free as fruits of labor
Exchanged in liberty…

So—

Raw milk to drink, and lemonade,
Raw milk and lemonade—
Free to trade!

Raw milk to drink, and lemonade,
Raw milk and lemonade—
Free to trade!

—————————————————————–

LEMONADE by Richard Onley 2011 (“Lemon Tree”—written by Will Holt)

When I was just a lad of ten, my father said to me, “Let’s open up your eyes
To benefits you’ll learn engaging in free enterprise.
The day is hot, the crowds are out, there’s money to be made—
Go make this dollar multiply by selling lemonade.”

Lemonade: very tasty, cold and sweet and citrus-y.
There’s no quarter asked or given—just the price of being free.
[But defiance, more than finance, is the price of being free.]
Lemonade: very tasty, cold and sweet and citrus-y.
There’s no quarter asked or given—just the price of being free.

I measured, squeezed, and sweetened, sawed and painted, advertised.
Dad proudly Qik’ed my first few sales, but then we were surprised
By boots that kicked the stand apart, worn by a local cop
Who said without a permit and a class, I’d have to stop.

Lemonade: very tasty, cold and sweet and citrus-y.
There’s no quarter asked or given—just the price of being free.
Lemonade: very tasty, cold and sweet and citrus-y.
There’s no quarter asked or given—just the price of being free.

Just out of camera range, I hollered, “Stop molesting me!”
It’s viral—now he drives a golf cart marked “SECURITY.”
We settled, I invested. Every year that cop gets both
A copy of the Bill of Rights, and his policemen’s oath.

Lemonade: very tasty, cold and sweet and citrus-y.
There’s no quarter asked or given—just the price of being free.
Lemonade: very tasty, cold and sweet and citrus-y.
There’s no quarter asked or given—just the price of being free.

—————————————————————————————————–

LEMONADE STAND (“Cider Through a Straw”—traditional)
by Richard Onley

The prettiest girl (The prettiest girl)
I ever saw (I ever saw)
Sold lemonade (Sold lemonade)
Against the law. (Against the law.)
The prettiest girl I ever saw-aw-aw
Sold lemonade against the law.

I looked into (I looked into)
Her sparkling eyes (Her sparkling eyes)
And said, “I love (And said, “I love)
Free enterprise!” (Free enterprise!”)
I looked into her sparkling eye-eye-eyes
And said, “I love free enterprise!”

A cop approached (A cop approached)
And said, “Withdraw! (And said, “Withdraw!)
That lemonade’s (That lemonade’s)
Against the law! (Against the law!)
A cop approached and said, “Withdraw-aw-aw!
That lemonade’s against the law!

“Go get a permit, (“Go get a permit,)
And pay a fee! (And pay a fee!)
What did you think— (What did you think—)
This country’s free?” (This country’s free?”)
“Go get a permit, and pay a fee-ee-ee!
What did you think—this country’s free?”

Our French friend sneered, (Our French friend sneered,)
“Zut! How bourgeois! (“Zut! How bourgeois!)
Le citronnade (Le citronnade)
Against ze loi?” (Against ze loi?”)
Our French friend sneered, “Zut! How bourgeois-ois-ois!
Le citronnade against ze loi?”

Was this a farce (Was this a farce)
By Bernard Shaw? (By Bernard Shaw?)
Could lemonade be (Could lemonade be)
Against the law? (Against the law?)
Was this a farce by Bernard Shaw-aw-aw?
Could lemonade be against the law?

He thought we’d cringe (He thought we’d cringe)
In fear and awe (In fear and awe)
To hear we’d tres- (To hear we’d tres-)
Passed on the law. (Passed on the law.)
He thought we’d cringe in fear and awe-awe-awe
To hear we’d trespassed on the law.

His eyes popped out. (His eyes popped out.)
He dropped his jaw. (He dropped his jaw.)
“Everyone knows (“Everyone knows)
My word is law!” (My word is law!”)
His eyes popped out. He dropped his jaw-aw-aw.
“Everyone knows my word is law!”

He’d overlooked (He’d overlooked)
One minor flaw: (One minor flaw:)
Without consent, (Without consent,)
There is no law! (There is no law!)
He’d overlooked one minor flaw-aw-aw:
Without consent, there is no law!

He started in (He started in)
To hem and haw (To hem and haw)
When we ignored (When we ignored)
His stupid law. (His stupid law.)
He started in to hem and haw-aw-aw
When we ignored his stupid law.

We both broke out (We both broke out)
In loud guffaws (In loud guffaws)
Good people dis- (Good people dis-)
Obey bad laws. (Obey bad laws.)
We both broke out In loud guffaw-aw-aws
Good people disobey bad laws.

We told him that (We told him that)
We weren’t afraid. (We weren’t afraid.)
We’d go on sell- (We’d go on sell-)
Ing lemonade. (Ing lemonade.)
We told him that we weren’t afrai-ai-aid.
We’d go on selling lemonade.

He got the pitcher. (He got the pitcher.)
That’s the last straw! (That’s the last straw!)
Free kids ignoring (Free kids ignoring)
His Fascist law. (His Fascist law.)
He got the pitcher. That’s the last straw-aw-aw!
Free kids ignoring his Fascist law.

He left without (He left without)
A backward look. (A backward look.)
Our lemonade stand (Our lemonade stand)
Was what it took! (Was what it took!)
He left without a backward loo-oo-ook.
Our lemonade stand was what it took!

Now we had bus- (Now we had bus-)
Iness to conduct. (Iness to conduct.)
I bought two cups (I bought two cups)
And then we … drank them. (And then we … drank them.)
Now we had business to condu-u-uct.
I bought two cups and then we … drank them.

Who could have known (Who could have known)
What we would start? (What we would start?)
I bought a drink, (I bought a drink,)
She stole my heart. (She stole my heart.)
Who could have known what we would star-ar-art?
I bought a drink, she stole my heart.

She asked if I (She asked if I)
Could help her, please, (Could help her, please, )
And give her lemons (And give her lemons)
And her a squeeze. (And her a squeeze.)
She asked if I could help her, plea-ea-ease,
And give her lemons and her a squeeze.

I told her on (I told her on)
My seventh cup, (My seventh cup,)
“I’ll marry you (“I’ll marry you)
When we grow up!” (When we grow up!”)
I told her on my seventh cu-u-up,
“I’ll marry you when we grow up!”

And so we did! (And so we did!)
Our kids and we (Our kids and we)
Know we must stand (Know we must stand)
Up to be free. (Up to be free.)
And so we did! Our kids and we-e-e
Know we must stand up to be free.
We all must stand up to be free!

——————————————————————-

FREE, FREE, FREE by Richard Onley 2011 (“Fun, Fun, Fun”—The Beach Boys)

Well, she took her birthday cash, and she’s opened up a lemonade stand, now.
How could she know merchants ‘d paid to get laws that competition be banned, now?
And with the bullies they hire, law enforcement’s gotten way out of hand, now.
We won’t be free, free, free, till we chase the tin-badge tyrants away.

Y’know, the city council only works to benefit their own little clique, now,
(Their privileged clique, now, John Doe’s up the creek)
And the police are such cowards, that they only chase the helpless and weak, now.
(With their yellow streak, cops chase only the weak)
She tried to work within the system, but they wouldn’t even let the kid speak. Now
(Forbidden to speak, now, can’t let the truth leak)
We won’t be free, free, free, till we chase the tin-horn tyrants away.
(Free, free, free, till we chase the tin-horn tyrants away)

Well, you knew that your laws and procedures went too far overboard, now,
(Man overboard, much too far overboard)
And watching cops harassing ten-year-olds is too much for the simmering horde, now.
(“Enough!” says the horde, now, “You can’t be ignored.”)
We’re saying NO and standing firm until our freedoms’ve been fully restored, now.
(Fully restored, using justice’s sword)
And we’ll be free, free, free when we’ve chased you tinpot tyrants away.
(Free, free, free, when we’ve chased you tinpot tyrants away)
We’re always free, free, free, now, no matter what you tyrants may say.
Free, free, free, now, no matter what you tyrants may say.
Free, free, free, now, no matter what you tyrants may say.
Free, free, now, no matter what you tyrants may say.
Free, free, now, no matter what you tyrants may say. [And repeat to fade]

—————————————————————————————-

MY PINK LEMONADE by Richard Onley 2011 (“My Green Tambourine”—The Lemon [!] Pipers)

Summer is the time for lemonade!
Sweet and tart and cold and freshly made…
Sip some sitting in the sylvan shade.
Come join us in a cup-up-up-up-up-up-up
Of pink lemonade.

Revel in the atmosphere of peace…
Broken by the onslaught of police.
Bullies are all bluff—I’m not afraid!
I offer them a cup-up-up-up-up-up-up
Of pink lemonade.

Protected by our firm collective No,
Lemonade—and love!—again can flow.
Now: BitCoin, silver, FRNs, or trade?
Come “buy” and have a cup-up-up-up-up-up-up
Of pink lemonade.

————————————————————————-

THE CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE PICNIC (“The Teddy Bears’ Picnic”)

Come open-carry in Central Square:
Beer bottles with screw-on tops
Filled with water, or tea, or air—
Let’s screw around with the cops!

Come, every liberty activist!
The laws are wrong, and we must resist!
Today’s the civil disobedience pic-nic!

Every liberty-lover knows
The government wants us chained.
Let’s demonstrate that oppression’s foes
Can’t openly be contained!

In day or dark, enjoying the park,
Defy the snarling, quarrelsome narc.
Today’s the civil disobedience pic-nic!

Picnic time for porcupines!
The active porcupines are showing how peaceful they can be.
Roughed and cuffed and charged with fines,
And they ignore them—Wow, what bravery!
They don’t bow to prudes’ outrage;
We’re nearing a free new age,
And this is one of the signs.
Before too long, the statist oppressors
Will slink away for good,
And we can thank courageous porcupines.

There’s fun and frolic in Keene today.
We’re merry as Santa’s elves,
Till cops get bored and come out our way
To start some trouble themselves.

We won’t sit placidly on our cans
Our lives are ours, and not The Man’s
Today’s the civil disobedience pic-nic!

————————————————————————–

RAW MILK / LEMONADE by Richard Onley (“White Port Lemon Juice”—The Bel-aires)

[background: Live! Free! Or! Die!]
Well, this is my body! My decision’s made.
[Live! Free! Or! Die!]
Yeah, my body, my choice, my decision’s made.
[Live! Free! Or! Die!]
I drink what I choose—raw milk or lemonade!

(Freedom!) Raw milk! Lemonade!
(Freedom!) Raw milk! Lemonade!
(Freedom!) Raw milk! Lemonade!
(Freedom!) Raw milk! Lemonade!
Liberty! Free cows and lemon trees!

Where’d our freedom go? (Take it back!)
Where’d our freedom go? (Take it back!)
Where’d our freedoms go? (Take ’em back!)
Where’d our freedoms go? (Take ’em back!)
Water theeeeee Tree of Liberty!

We cheer: Raw! Raw! Raw! And say: Hiss! Boo! Law!
We cheer: Raw! Raw! Raw! Hiss! Boo! Law!
Jail for a jug of milk is the last damn straw!

[Dance to the music!]

We cheer: Raw! Raw! Raw! Hiss! Boo! Law!
We cheer: Raw! Raw! Raw! Hiss! Boo! Law!
Jail for a jug of milk is the last damn straw!

[Don’t tread on me!]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *