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:

No sweet tea
Has a chance with me
Never, never, never sugar my tea
No sweet tea
Will ever fill my cup
Won’t you, won’t you, won’t you serve it straight up?

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.


Oh, Sweet Tea, I love you can’t you see
Love you, love you, love you can’t you see
Oh, Sweet Tea
Won’t you always be so pure
Won’t you, won’t you, won’t you stay so pure?

Tommy Roe’s other maddening tunes include “Hooray for Hazel” and “Dizzy.”