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Thread #32621   Message #430183
Posted By: Joe Offer
31-Mar-01 - 04:56 PM
Thread Name: Help: The Old Apple Tree - artist wanted
Subject: Lyr Add: SHADE OF THE OLD APPLE TREE (J Elliott)^^
SHADE OF THE OLD APPLE TREE
(traditional)

It was only yesterday I thought I'd take a bath in some water
For a bath I hadn't had in goodness knows when;
And for that bath I didn't want to pay a quarter
So I run down to the creek and jumped right in.
I hung my clothes upon an apple tree limb;
"Twas there I got into an awful fix
When an old maid come and set right down beside them
And there she set from one o'clock to six.

In the shade of the old apple tree
I was in water right up to my knees
I had to lay down
While she was around
Till only my nose you could see.
Moskeeters was biting my nose
And the crawdads was nibblin my toes
I lay there all day
Till she went away
From the shade of the old apple tree

It was only yesterday that Jane and I got hitched
You can bet your life I was a happy groom.
There was only one that filled my heart with sadness
Was parts of her were scattered all over the room.
Her glass eye and false teeth was on the mantle
And on the bed, she hung her lock of hair;
And there was only one that filled my heart with sadness
Was she pitched her wooden leg upon a chair.

And it was a limb from that old apple tree
I was in water right up to my knees
I had to lay down
While she was around
Till only my nose you could see.
Moskeeters was biting my nose
And the crawdads was nibblin my toes
I lay there all day
Till she went away
From the shade of the old apple tree

Yes, I carved out my name
And there it was plain
On her limb from the old apple tree.

As recorded by Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who identifies it as "traditional" - but it seems to be a parody of the 1905 song "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree."

See DT #651

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