In 1966, Tommy Roe recorded a simple song, “Sweet Pea.” My father sang it for days on end while we worked our little garden in the High Sierra during the late 1970s. I was reminded – and inspired – by T Ching’s publication of “So Happy Together” a few weeks ago. A song this silly begs to be parodied – and improved – so here it is:
I went to a tea room just the other night
I drank a tea there that was out of sight
I asked a friend of mine for the name of that tea
He said that the owners just called it Sweet Tea.
I walked on over, ordered another cup
Askin’ the owner to serve it straight up
The man just stared a hole through me
“We don’t put nothin’ nasty
In our famous Sweet Tea!”
I finally got to peek at this lovely whole leaf
It was heady jasmine pearl, what a relief
I took a little walk
and hugged that mug to me
And underneath the stars I sipped that Sweet Tea.
Tommy Roe’s other maddening tunes include “Hooray for Hazel” and “Dizzy.”