Tea For Two and Other Songs About Tea

After writing several articles exploring various poems about tea (check out the latest one here) it seemed like it was time to tackle the topic of songs about tea. As noted in this article not so long ago, there’s been something of a fad for rap songs about tea in the past few years. Although most of these fall into the category of novelty/viral video type songs rather than productions by established artists.

The Kinks - Have a Cuppa Tea - click image to hear song (Photo source: screen capture from site)
The Kinks – Have a Cuppa Tea – click image to hear song (Photo source: screen capture from site)

Tea for Two
Of course there are a number of well-known songs about tea, as well as slightly lesser-known songs about tea by well-known artists. Arguably one of the most popular songs about tea, Tea for Two made its first appearance in 1925 in the musical No, No, Nanette (as mentioned here). Since then it’s been recorded and performed by everyone from Lawrence Welk and Tommy Dorsey to Alvin and the Chipmunks.

When I Take My Sugar to Tea
The Dorsey Brothers were among the many artists who recorded this lesser known tea song of yore, which was written in 1931 by Irving Kahal, Sammy Fain, and Pierre Norman.

Sunday for Tea
Probably best known for their hit song A World Without Love, Peter and Gordon were a part of the British Invasion that commenced in the Sixties following the success of the Beatles. Sunday for Tea appeared in 1967 on the appropriately titled album, In London for Tea.

Have A Cuppa Tea
Arguably one of the most “British” of all of the British Invasion bands, the Kinks got started in 1964 and turned out such mega-hits as Lola and You Really Got Me. They released Have A Cuppa Tea seven years later on their Muswell Hillbillies album.

Tea in the Sahara
Mega-stars The Police probably need no introduction, but Tea in the Sahara, which appeared on their 1983 album, Synchronicity, is not one of their better-known songs. It’s based on a tale from The Sheltering Sky, a book by writer Paul Bowles.

English Tea
Chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of this Paul McCartney guy. But you may not have heard of English Tea, a simple little ditty that celebrates the pleasures of tea, English style, and which appears on the ex-Beatles’ 2005 album, Chaos And Creation In The Backyard.

Tea and Theatre
Does it seem like there’s a theme running through many of these entries? Yet another band of British rockers who got their start in the Sixties, The Who weighed in with their tea song, Tea and Theatre, in 2006.

Of course, you don’t have to be a household name to come up with a catchy song about tea. A couple of my favorites in the past few years include Tea Song, by The McGetigans and I’m Drinking Tea, by Brendan Benson.

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