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In 1837, there was great unrest among the French speaking population of Lower Canada. The French people were upset because the government catered to a small group of powerful (mostly English) citizens. This elite group was known as the "Chateau Clique." Louis Papineau's inspiring speeches stirred the French into action. Wolfred Nelson led the rebels into battle.
Let me tell a little story 'bout a guy named Pap
This is the Lower Canada Rebellion rap
The French were angry at the government's ways
They wanted more say, more pay, more "parler" did I hear you say Anyway,
There was a bunch guys from the Chateau Clique
They had all the money and they kept the French meek
They snagged the best jobs, let no one else speak
They had a greedy streak, those geeks, those power freaks
Pap put 92 ideas on the list He said, "Hey, Brits, do you get my drift?"
Lord Russell laughed, it made Pap miffed
The French got zip, they got ripped,
and so they made a fist
Nelson told the French to make bullets from spoons
Toronto sent a force of their strongest goons
At St. Denis the French sang a victory tune
Pap ran too soon, before noon, he didn't see the bodies strewn
St. Charles wasn't much of a fight
The French thought the canon was a terrible sight
The Brits charged in with all their might
The French ran away in fright, no delight
St. Eustache was a whole different story
Were talk'in three years before 1840
The Brits burned the French alive and it was gory
Sad story, the Brits weren't even sorry
The story is done, America kept Pap 12
rebels got hung, they had to take the rap
58 rebels found Australia on the map
Bermuda sent 'em back, how do you like that, Pap?
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