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Hepplewhite, Russell: The Peasants’ Revolt. Download Pack. PDF

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The Peasants’ Revolt (1381)
Words by Helen Eastman

CONCERT INTRODUCTION
Have you had a bad day? Are you feeling miserable? Well, you may not be quite as upset as Wat Tyler and his gang were way back in 1381 when King Richard II introduced a new tax – the Poll Tax. When they protested, poor Wat was killed by the treacherous Lord Mayor of London, but he and his brave followers were an inspiration to all those fighting for citizens’ rights and freedom for generations to come.

This Download Pack contains the following resources to aid the children in learning the song:

  • Full music with piano accompaniment
  • Melody sheet
  • Lyrics sheet
  • Links to melody teaching tracks and piano accompaniment backing tracks

The purchase of this Adobe PDF file includes a licence to print enough copies for use by your choir.

Note: The file (stamped with your name and email address) will be available for immediate download and the licence will be sent via email.

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LYRICS

We are Wat Tyler’s army
And we’re fighting to be free.
You’ve raised our tax,
You’ve turned your backs,
We’re fighting to be free.

So come, King Richard, meet us
And pronounce serfs to be free.
Upon the heath,
We’ll say our piece,
We’re fighting to be free.

God created us all equal,
John Ball preaches to the throng.
We weren’t meant to scrape and serve
Enslaved for so long.
So they took John Ball and hung him,
Drawn and quartered for his views.
But we’ll fight for all he dreamt of,
This is the fight we choose.

We are Wat Tyler’s army
And we’re fighting to be free.
You’ve raised our tax,
You’ve turned your backs,
We’re fighting to be free.

Helen Eastman
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