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Thread #2539   Message #10386
Posted By: Mountain Dog
14-Aug-97 - 09:07 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Baby Tree (Rosalie Sorrels)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE BABY TREE (Rosalie Sorrels)
The post requesting lyrics to "Today's the day they're giving babies away" reminded me of this one.

THE BABY TREE

1. There's an island way out in the sea
Where the babies, they all grow on trees
And it's jolly good fun
To swing in the sun
But you've gotta watch out if you sneeze, sneeze
You've gotta watch out if you sneeze.

2. Yes, you've gotta watch out if you sneeze
For swingin up there in the breeze,
You're liable to cough,
You might very well fall off
And tumble down, plop, on your knees, knees
Tumble down, plop, on your knees.

3. And when the stormy winds wail
And the breezes blow high in a gale
There's a curious plopping and dropping and flopping
And fat little babies just hail, hail
Fat little babies just hail.

4. Well, the babies they lie in a pile
And the grown-ups they come after 'while
And they always pass by all the babies that cry
And they take only babies that smile, smile
They take only babies that smile.
Even triplets and twins if they'll smile.


It has a very singable, sea-chantyish melody that lends itself to a rolling baritone like mine and has proved a great favorite with nieces, nephews and other youngsters for whom I've sung it.

Not sure about its origins. I first heard it on the "Sunfighter" album, a Grace Slick/Paul Kantner collaboration done to celebrate the birth of their daughter (originally named 'god', later changed to 'China'). I don't know if they wrote it or cribbed from somewhere else.

In any case, a fun tune to sing and sing along with.