The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #169304   Message #4091834
Posted By: Joe Offer
06-Feb-21 - 03:24 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: what is a Brandy Tree?
Subject: RE: Origins: what is a Brandy Tree?
Hi, Susan-Marie - I've always liked Gordon Bok's "Brandy Tree" song, but I have also been mystified about it. Here are the lyrics we have in the Digital Tradition Folk Song Database - they appear to have been taken from Gordon's 1977 Time and the Flying Snow songbook (with insignificant differences). I compared the lyrics on the Gordon Bok Website and put the different words from the Website in italics. The major difference is one word, "ride."

BRANDY TREE (Otter's Song) (DT Lyrics)

(E) Am Em / Em Am Em / F Em / Am G Am

I go down to the brandy tree
(And?) Take my nose and my tail with me,
All for the world and the wind to see
And never come back no more.

Down in the meadowmarsh, deep and wide,
Tumble the tangle by my side,
All for the westing wind to run (ride?)
And slide in the summer rain.

C G7 G / C G7 G / Am Em / Am G Am

I go down to the windy sea
And the little grey seal will play with me;
Slide on the rock and dive in the bay
And sleep on the ledge at night.
When the frog goes down to the mud to sleep
And the lamprey hide (hides?) in the boulders deep,
I take my nose and my tail and go
A hundred thousand hills. Someday, down by the brandy tree,
I'll hear the Shepherd call for me;
Call me to leave my happy ways
And the shining world I know.

Words and music by Gordon Bok.
Recorded on "Seal Djiril's Hymn," FSI-48
"I learned this song from a small otter on Sherman's Point,
Knox County, State of Maine, on a cold morning in 1966. Thinking
it over, I wrote the refrain myself. A thousand years (I was
told) is a long time for an otter. So should it be for us."
Copyright Folk Legacy Records, Inc 1977
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