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Monday, July 16, 2012

Everything Stops For Tea


video


Recently on Tea Quotation Saturday I shared my  favourite tea quote which is, "Wouldn't it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn't have tea?" As I pondered the question, I became very grateful indeed to live in a country where they have plenty of tea - and so was inspired to create this little video. 

The music is an old British song called "Everything Stops For Tea." I hope you enjoy it!

EVERYTHING STOPS FOR TEA
Featured in Jack Buchanan's 1935 comedy film, "Come Out Of The Pantry" (Goodhart / Hoffman / Sigler)

    Every nation in creation has its favourite drink
    France is famous for its wine, it's beer in Germany
    Turkey has its coffee and they serve it blacker than ink
    Russians go for vodka and England loves its tea

    Oh, the factories may be roaring
    With a boom-a-lacka, zoom-a-lacka, wee
    But there isn't any roar when the clock strikes four
    Everything stops for tea

    Oh, a lawyer in the courtroom
    In the middle of an alimony plea
    Has to stop and help 'em pour when the clock strikes four
    Everything stops for tea

    It's a very good English custom
    Though the weather be cold or hot
    When you need a little pick-up, you'll find a little tea cup
    Will always hit the spot

    You remember Cleopatra
    Had a date to meet Mark Antony at three
    When he came an hour late she said "You'll have to wait"
    For everything stops for tea

    Oh, they may be playing football
    And the crowd is yelling "Kill the referee!"
    But no matter what the score, when the clock strikes four
    Everything stops for tea

    Oh, the golfer may be golfing
    And is just about to make a hole-in-three
    But it always gets them sore when the clock yells "four!"
    Everything stops for tea

    It's a very good English custom
    And a stimulant for the brain
    When you feel a little weary, a cup'll make you cheery
    And it's cheaper than champagne

    Now I know just why Franz Schubert
    Didn't finish his unfinished symphony
    He might have written more but the clock struck four
    And everything stops for tea

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