TRANSPORTATION TO AMERICA

William Henry was caught
stealing bread from a cart
seven years he got
transportation to America

for the crime of being poor
he was shackled to the floor
of an British man-o-war
transportation to America

many a shirtback was ripped
for the cat-o-nine whip
to the colonies they were shipped
transportation to America

there indentured as slaves
many met early graves
for the prison space they'd save
transportation to America

oh the sentence of gravest threat
that a prisoner could expect
short of hanging by the neck
transportation to America

during the Colonial War
Mr John Hancock swore
they'd be taking no more
transportation to America

where to put the convict waste?
then Lord Sydney made his case
New South Wales could replace
transportation to America.

 

(unrecorded, published in QUADRANT)