Young Lafayette had dinner with the Brit King’s Bro Who told him the Americans were “good to go”.
When Lafayette learned of our fight for liberty A flame was set alight inside the young marquis.
Forbidden by the King as well as family To risk his life and fortune quite so recklessly.
They sent him off to England just to change his mind He met King George and Clinton and was wined and dined.
But Our Marquis, undaunted, and his mind unchanged Came back to France and bought a boat as pre-arranged.
He met with Silas Deane, and was delighted when He was offered a commission as a Major Gen.
Then when the King proclaimed him subject to arrest He sneaked aboard his boat and headed to the west.
He took some other soldiers with him for the ride But didn’t ever know about the different role they eyed.
But he endured the trip despite some nasty “mal de mer” And learned a bit of English by the time that he got there.
When they arrived in Philly, he applied his famous charms
But no one welcomed him with even slightly open arms.
“Not another foreigner, we have more than our share
And such a young and raw recruit we simply cannot bear!
The gall of Mr. Silas Deane: gun-buying is his task
But he gives lofty ranks galore to all of those who ask!”