I'll Be A Tory


A year before out and out rebellion broke out in Upper Canada, a Torontonian named Stephen Randal lashed out at the Family Compact with this taunting song. It was published both as a broadside and in W.L. Mackenzie's newspaper "The Constitution". The passage of time has rendered much of his language obscure, but the sentiment is still pretty clear. What might be called an "attack ad" in 2016.

When we recorded it on the Muddy York lp we sang it to the tune of "Miss Lyall's Strathspey" Thirty years later, thanks to Prof. Google I've since found the actual tune, which was a popular song written in the early 1800s by Thomas Haynes Bailey and George D. Herrick. It is presented below. There are actually a number of videos of singers performing "I'd Be A Butterfly" on YouTube.


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Title I'll Be A Tory
Subject Politics & Conflict
Year 1836
Locale Southwestern
Keywords 1837 broadside Mackenzie Rebellion Toronto

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