Of course, something as beloved and a part of living as tea (I dare say as much as sex, given the situation) is also much regaled in song.
There is Tea for Two, and most everyone can sing those three words. The song sort of combines tea and sex as it is a love song about two people who apparently love tea, marriage, and living happily ever after. It was also a Doris Day movie, where she, of course, sang the song.
The year of 1940 brought the hit by the Ink Spots: Java Jive. “I love coffee, I love tea…” are the first five words. Apparently they did not want to leave out tea drinkers. Jive was a popular type of dance in the 1940s and 1950s. On the convoluted line in that song about an onion, I did an exhaustive one-click research and came up with the idea that there used to be an old New York tradition of putting half an onion and a raw egg into a cup of coffee in the morning, which I find a very good reason to stick to tea drinking.
My favorite is a song truly celebrating tea and done, amazingly, by The Kinks, a rock band popular in the 1970s — Have A Cuppa Tea. The song was actually a hit for them and remains a fan favorite. I tend to like any song with hallelujahs in the lyrics. I’ve often said, “Hal-le-luyah!” upon sipping my first cup of tea in the morning.
There are quite a number of songs about tea on YouTube, but the one I don’t want you to miss is this catchy tune that I now find myself singing, and even dancing around, while I brew tea — the Tea Tea Tea Tea Tea Song, from the DutchDutchess.
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