Joel Pollak is a candidate for congress in Illinois' 9th District. When he was eight weeks old, Pollak's family emigrated to America from South Africa. He grew up in Skokie a suburb of Chicago and is a Harvard graduate. He's now a Republican but began his political life as a Democrat.
For the recent Chicago Tax Day Tea Party he wrote and performed "The Ballad of the Tea Party." In his article about the song on Big Hollywood, he tells how he introduced his song to the crowd. He said, “This is not a country song–it’s more of a backwards country song. You know what happens when you play a country song backwards? You get your wife back, you get your job back, you get your house back… You know, I think you could run on that platform and win!”
Written and Performed by Joel Pollak (R)
Nominee for Congress - 9th District, Illinois
Chicago Tax Day Tea Party
Daley Plaza, Chicago, Illinois
April 15, 2010
On a cold night in Boston, three ships in the dock
With their valuable cargo still waiting to stock
But the colonists wont pay the duty on tea
And the governor wont let the ships out to sea
Sing - hey, hey, what do we say?
American freedom is here to stay!
Hey, hey, what do we say?
Dont tax our freedom away!
Now the Crown has been adding new fees by the score
And the people dont think they can bear any more
Yet they dont have a vote, so they dont have a say
And theyre starting to talk about breaking away
Now the people have gathered round the Old Meeting House
If the governor listens, theyll still hear him out
But Sam Adams, he reads the report with a frown
So the people decide that the tea must do down
So they don their disguises and clamber aboard
And the governors tea is soon tossed overboard
And the news spreads throughout the thirteen colonies
That our country's new motto is Dont Tread On Me.
Now today we have gathered--young, old, black, and white
And we've all got the vote, so we don't need to fight
But if Washington taxes our future away
Then we'll throw them all out on Election Day!