Causes of the French Revolution Song

History Songs

To understand, this time in France
we must know what happened before
King Louis, the sixteenth
had total power to govern

And the people like
They’re divided, in three ways
Social classes known as “estates”
First clergy, then nobles, finally the commoners in last

King’s spending was excessive
Put the government in financial crisis
So he had to raise taxes

Nobles and clergy were exempt
From paying many taxes
The commoners took the burden
Paid a majority of it

The king overspent
On wars fighting Great Britain
But in his people went starving
Due to the high cost of bread
What can the people do about this?

Ohhh
Commoners took the Tennis Court Oath
To write a new constitution for their country because
they needed reform, a reform

Much of the land, around France,
The Roman Catholic church owned
This hurt the poor, even more,
New crop taxes that they owed

The people disliked
Being ruled by, royalty
When other countries were more free
Wanting power over government to make decisions

The King spent more, Seven Years War
bought his family luxurious decor
The commoners said “not fair”

Nobles and clergy were exempt
From paying many taxes
The commoners took the burden
Paid a majority of it

The King had overspent
On wars fighting Great Britain
But in his people went starving
Due to the high cost of bread
What can the people do about this?

Commoners took the Tennis Court Oath
To write a new constitution for their country because
they needed reform, a reform