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Songs from the Garden of Eden

GUEST,Bob Coltman 20 Sep 07 - 08:51 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 08:51 AM

Songs featuring Adam and Eve aren't all that common. It's been such a long time since then, the tradition is pretty well thinned out ... :)

The DT comes up with nine references, most of them not primarily about the Happy Couple. But Tim Hart and Maddy Pryor's "Adam and Eve" and "The Good Old Days of Adam and Eve" are in the DT.

Here are some that aren't (more coming in future messages). Bob

ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN
As sung by Ben Curry, Paramount 12693, rec, Grafton, WI, c. 1932

When Adam and Eve was in the Garden of Eden
They musta shook that thing,
Well, the leaves started fallin', the snake started crawlin',
He musta given her a diamond ring,
Adam said to Eve, you just won't wait,
Till I get outa this garden gate,
When Adam and Eve was in the Garden of Eden,
They musta shook that thing.

When Adam ...
They ...
Well, the leaves ...
He musta ...
Eve said to Adam, if you can't believe,
You just eat this fruit from the Eden tree,
When Adam ... etc

...
Eve said to Adam, you go sleep in the crib,
Adam said to Eve, I'm gonna sleep with my rib ...


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Subject: Lyr Add: ADAM AND EVE
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 08:54 AM

ADAM AND EVE

Hammer song I collected 1954 from Ben C, Moomaw in Roanoke VA

Adam and Eve was (huh!) walkin' in the garden (huh!)   (3x)
Good Lord I'm on (huh!) my way.

Adam don't you hear your (huh!) good Lord a-callin'? (huh!)   (3x)
Good Lord I'm on (huh!) my way.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ADAM IN THE GARDEN PINNIN' LEAVES
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 09:05 AM

Much better known than the above is the song collected for the Library of Congress and published in Lomax's Our Singing Country, p 4-5. I was surprised not to find this in the DT, did I miss it?

And a general appeal: anyone, please don't hesitate to add your favorite traditional song about Adam and Eve.

ADAM IN THE GARDEN PINNIN' LEAVES
Sung by Alberta Bradford age 72 and Becky Elsy age 86 in Avery Island LA, with verses added from McIlhenny's Befo' de War Spirituals, pub. Boston, Christopher Publishing House, 1933.

Cho:   Oh, Eve, where is Adam? (3x)
          Adam in the garden pinnin' leaves.

I know my God is a man of war,
Oh, Adam in the garden pinnin' leaves,
Yes, he fought that battle at Jericho walls,
Oh, Adam in the garden pinnin' leaves.

First time God called, Adam 'fused to answer,
Adam in the garden layin' low,
Second time God called, adam 'fused to answer,
Adam in the garden layin' low.

Next time God called, God hollered louder,
Adam in the garden pinnin' leaves,
Next time God called, God hollered louder,
Adam in the garden pinnin' leaves.

Alternate chorus:
You, Eve, can't see Adam,   (x3)
Adam 'hind the fig-tree pinnin' leaves.


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: Susan of DT
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 09:13 AM

A search for songs containing both "Adam" and "Eve" yields 42 songs.

Also, "Eden was Just Like This" has Eden, but not Adam & Eve


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN ADAM WAS CREATED
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 09:17 AM

Mmm, slightly retro sexual politics ... good song anyway. Bob

WHEN ADAM WAS CREATED

Sung by Jasper Robertson, Burnsville NC Sept 29, 1918, collected and published by Cecil Sharp in English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, Vol 2, p 272

When Adam was created he dwelled in Eden's shade,
As Moses as related, before his bride was made,
Ten thousand times ten thousand of creatures swarmed around
Before his bride was form-ed, or animate was found.

He had no conversation, he seemed like one alone,
Then to his admiration he found he'd lost a bone,
Great was his exaltation when first he saw his bride,
Great was his elevation to see her by his side.

This woman was not taken from Adam's head, we know,
And she must not rule o'er him, 'tis evidently so,
This woman was not taken from Adam's feet, we see,
And he must not abuse her, the meaning seems to be.

This woman she was taken from under Adam's arms,
And she must be protected from hunger and harm,
This woman she was taken from near to Adam's heart,
By this we are directed that they must never part.

To you, most loving bridegroom, to you, most loving bride,
Be sure you live a Christian and for your house provide,
Avoiding all discontent, don't sow the seeds of strife,
As is the solemn duty of every man and wife.


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: GUEST,Henryp
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 09:21 AM

A Proper Sort of Gardener

By the fire my dad would tell me stories
One of them concerned a garden too
Where the lion and the lamb lay down together
And every kind of fruit and flower grew
The gardener sent his children in to play there
Rejoicing in the brightness of the day
But when they went exploring and took a fruit to taste
He cursed them both and sent them on their way

Even then I realised in my childish mind
That he wasn't a proper gardener of the Mr Harding kind

Maggie Holland


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: peregrina
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 10:29 AM

John the Revelator-has one relevant verse:
(quoting from the thread here)

You know God walked down in the cool of the day,
Called Adam by his name.
And he refused to answer,
Because he's naked and ashamed.

and stretching relevance to the thread, Adam lay y bounden (if a late medieval English minstrel counts as a folk singer)...


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 03:07 PM

Hey, don't forget Lotus Dickey's Pair in a Paradise, made known to Mudcatters by the Missing Person Soup Kitchen Gospel Quartet on their Bare There Were They CD.
But you know, things change. "Soup Kitchen" is now Bare Bones.
We sure had fun with them at the Getaway. I hope we can invite them back sometime.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 05:29 PM

Joe, that "Pair in a Paradise" is a gem.

I realize this is post-Garden of Eden, but does anybody know any songs about Cain and Abel?

Susan, thanks for reminding me that searching on "Adam and Eve" is too restrictive. The search on the two names separately turns up such gems as "Adam and Eve and pinch me went down to the water to bathe, an add by Malcolm Douglas of the great English song "Both Sexes Give Ear to My Fancy," a mention of Dave Olive's "Adam and Eve, Won'tcha Tell It To Me" (can someone supply it????) ...

Not to mention Gene Vermillion / Bill D's terrific song that no one else seems to know, which got mentioned once with no replies, and deserves a place here:

ADAM AND EVE WAS IN THE GARDEN

"Adam & Eve Was in the Garden, everything was Jake..
"When a creature did come up, sayin' "My name is....Snake"

and it had a 'refrain'/chorus line which kept changing...like
..."go ahead and bite it, bet you'd be delighted" and
..."go ahead and taste it...you don't wanta waste it.."

Peregrina, I'm happy to have the suggestion for "Adam Lay Yboundin," which I add below for those who don't know it. I'm wondering: is the original melody known for this? (I know it's been set to music by later hands, but if a tune came with the medieval original it would be great to know about. Here's one of several versions of the spelling:

ADAM LAY YBOUNDIN   13th century? Author apparently unknown

Adam lay yboundin, boundin in a bond,
Foure thousand winteren thoght he not to long,
And al was for an appil, an appil that he took,
As clerkes finden wretin in here book.
Ne hadde the appil take ben, the appil take ben,
Ne hadde never our Lady a ben hevene quen.
Blissed be the time that appil take was,
Therfore we mown singen Deo Gratias.

*
Love the reasoning. Bob


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: peregrina
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 05:49 PM

The manuscript that has 'Adam lay ybounden' is believed to be a minstrel's collection on the basis of the texts it contains (some of which have been printed in various song, carol, and ballad collections), but it doesn't have any music...(British Library Sloane MS 2593); googling it turns up quite a bit on it...seems various others have written music for it.

Intriguing that there's only a small minority of songs discussed or cited so far here that just evoke the loveliness of Eden.

Mark Knopfler's song 'Praire Wedding' does just that in the second verse.. The homesteader has just gone to the train station to meet his bride, unknown to him except by letter, and he says:
'I couldn't think of what I should say/
But when Adam saw Eve in the garden/
I believe he felt the selfsame way.'


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 05:50 PM

A few more Adams and Eves. While I tend to lean toward songs that are entirely about the two of them, a number of songs make glancing references, including:

Otto Gray's "Adam and Eve" (a rewrite of Darky Sunday School, which is in the DT)

Blind Alfred Reed's "Woman's Been After Man Ever Since" (in the DT Forum as "Woman After Man")

"I Was Born About 10,000 Years Ago / 4,000 Years Ago" (the latter would seem to be specially designed for creationists) and onward to Woody Guthrie's "Biggest Thing"

Charlie Poole's related "I'm the Man That Rode the Mule Around the World"

a limerick, "In the Garden of Eden Sat Adam" (in the Forum)

Pop songs: The McCarron/Von Tilzer pop song "Eve Wasn't Modest Till She Ate That Apple" (in the Forum -- I know I asked for traditional songs, but this is irresistible) and for completeness' sake, Frankie Vaughn's "Garden of Eden"

Now, anybody got any songs from the Serpent's viewpoint? Bob


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 06:03 PM

Peregrina, maybe most settlers and traditional singers were too busy fighting hardscrabble land -- the sort of rocks and briars the pair were supposedly consigned to after the Garden was closed behind them -- to envision an earthly Eden in song. But I always did like the first verse of "Elanoy" (in the DT):

Way down upon the Wabash, such land was never known;
If Adam had passed over it, the soil he'd surely own.
He'd think it was the garden he'd played in as a boy,
And straight pronounce it Eden in the State of Elanoy.

Anyone know any traditional songs that describe sheer beauty of surroundings in terms of Eden? Bob

P.S. An appealing modern item that would be Dylan's "Man Gave Names to All the Animals" -- though again that would be outside the scope I was really looking for.

And I should have mentioned that "I Was Born 10,000 / 4,000 Years Ago" and "I'm the Man That Rode the Mule Around the World," cited above, are both in the DT.


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: peregrina
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 06:17 PM

I'm convinced by that--so Edenic beauty/the Golden Age is the stuff of art song, not the song of those who toil on the land....and that poetic image of the land where everything is green, and nothing withers, or where 'the Soul of man never dies' (Canaan's land) is set in the future or afterlife...

Gonna look up that Elanoy song in the DT now--great verse, that !


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 06:19 PM

Thought I would do a roundup of older pop material, just to see what was there. Not as much as I expected, but I did find one surprising item.

The Lester Levy Collection lists two songs:

"Adam and Eve Had a Wonderful Time" (1913)
"Sons of Ham" (1901)

American Memory has one in particular:

"Why Adam Sinned" (1904) by Alex Rogers, as sung by the African American pop singer Ada Overton Walker.

This last item solves a mystery -- it is the source of the song "Adam" (hitherto untraced as far as I knew) printed in the much circulated Dick & Beth Best IOCA Song Book, which begins:

Feel so sorry for old Adam, as sorry as can be,
For he never had no mammy to take him on her knee.    --   Bob


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 06:41 PM

From memory. Terry Gilkyson put out a 10" solo LP in about 1950, long vanished. A number of common traditional songs were on it, and this brooding minor-key song. (Did Gilkyson write it?) I may have forgotten a verse. Bob

SONG OF THE CREATION

First he made the sun, then he made the moon,
Then he made the possum, then he made the coon.

Adam was the first man the Lord put on the ground,
And Mother Eve she was the gal that made the good Lord frown.

All the other creatures, he made 'em one by one,
And hung 'em on the fence to dry as soon as they were done.


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 07:07 PM

About "Song of the Creation," it seems to have been Gilkyson's take on a piece of the old song "Walky in the Parlor," an early version of which is cited (to a very different tune) by Dorothy Scarborough, On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs, p. 181-2 (excuse the language, please):

STORY OF CREATION

First he made a sun, then he made a moon,
Then he made a possum, then he made a coon.

All de other creatures, he made 'em one by one,
Stuck 'em on the fence to dry as soon as they was done.

Cho: Walkee-in, walkee-in, walk in, I say,
         Walk into de parlor and hear de banjo play,
         Walk into de parlor and hear de niggers sing,
         And watch de nigger's fingers as he picks upon the string,
             Zing, zing, zing, zing; zing, zing, zing.

Old Mudder Eve couldn't sleep widout a pillow,
And de greatest man dat ever lived was Jack de Giant-Killer.   

[further verses have no Eden content]


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Subject: RE: Lyr add: Creation
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 07:15 PM

From N.I. White, American Negro Folk-Songs, 1928, p 83-4, an early version of this familiar item:

CREATION   
Reported from Auburn AL, 1915-16, Ms. of Mrs. J.R. Rutland, as heard sung in Pike Co AL and Tuscaloosa AL. It was apparently a college favorite even then, popular with students at Randolph-Macon College for Women and Trinity College, but mostly with whites; White heard it sung "only once by Negroes."

Lord he thought he'd make a man,
Dese bones gwine rise ergain,
Mixed a little bit o' dirt and san',
Dese bones gwine rise ergain.

Cho: I know it, indeed I know it, brother,
         Dese bones gwine rise ergain.

Thought he'd make er 'oman too ...
Didn't know zactly what to do ...

He took a rib from Adam's side ...
An' made Miss Eve fo' to be his bride ...

Put 'em in a garden rich and fair ...
Tol' 'em to eat whatever was there ...

Of this tree you must not eat ...
If you do you'll have to skeet ...

Sarpent wound around the stump ...
At Miss Eve his eye he wunk ...

Lord he come wid monstrous voice ...
Shook dis ole earth to its very joists ...

Adam, Adam, where art thou ...
Here, Marse Lawd, I'm comin' right now ...

Et my apple I do believe ...
No, Marse Lawd, I 'spect it was Eve ...

Out of this garden you must get ...
Earn yo' living by yo' sweat ...

Of this tale there is no more ...
Eve ate de apple, gave Adam de core ...

Cain thought Abel played a trick ...
Hit 'im in the head wid a piece of brick ...


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: Amos
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 07:41 PM

It began, I believe,
When Adam met Eve;
He woke up and made her his wife!
And she asked in dismay
On that very first day,
"Am I the first girl in your life?"

'Cuz wives don't like old girlfriends
You know, that's a fact of life.
No, wives don't like old girlfriends.
And girlfriends don't like old wives,
Ya know they don't like em!
Girlfriends don't like old wives!


Now, if they don't lie
I'm sure every guy
Has an old flame that he dreams about.
Wives pretend not to hear
But to them its as clear
As if he was talking out loud.

And wives don't like old girlfriends
You know, that's a fact of life.
No, wives don't like old girlfriends.
And girlfriends don't like old wives,
Ya know they don't like em!
Girlfriends don't like old wives!


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Subject: Lyr Add: GARDEN OF EDEN (John Dawson)
From: pdq
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 08:08 PM

GARDEN OF EDEN
(John Dawson)

Hey look in the air
There's smoke fillin' everywhere
And hey, look on the ground
There's blood spilling all around

CHORUS: We live in the Garden of Eden, yeah
Don't know why we want to tear
The whole thing to the ground
We live in the Garden of Eden, yeah
Don't know why we want to tear
The whole thing down

Hey look at the green, green tree
It ain't quite as green, green as it used to be
And hey, look at the cool clear water
It ain't quite as cool and clear
As it ought to be, and

Chorus:
We live in the Garden of Eden, yeah
Don't know why we want to tear
The whole thing to the ground
We live in the Garden of Eden, yeah
Don't know why we want to tear
The whole thing down

Hey look at the people
Sometimes we forget
That we're just people
And we're falling head over heels
'Cause all of us forget quite how to feel

We live in the Garden of Eden, yeah
Don't know why we want to tear
The whole thing to the ground
We live in the Garden of Eden, yeah
Don't know why we want to tear
The whole thing down

Appears on new riders of the purple sage


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: Joe_F
Date: 20 Sep 07 - 08:13 PM

ADAM

Feel so sorry for old Adam, just as sorry as can be,
'Cause he never had no mammy, for to take him on her knee.

And he never had no pappy, for to tell him all he knowed,
And he never had nobody, to point out the narrow road.

And he never had no childhood, playin' round the cabin door,
And he never had no mammy, for to snatch him off the floor.

And he never had that feelin', when at night he lay to rest,
Of possum and sweet potatoes, tucked away beneath his vest.

And I've always had a feelin', he'd have let that apple be,
If he'd only had a mammy, for to take him on her knee.

-- The New Song Fest (emended slightly)


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Subject: ADDPOP: A Hundred Pounds of Clay
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 02:43 AM

I suppose I should apologize for this, but I'll betcha it's better-known that just about anything posted so far.

A Hundred Pounds of Clay
(Bob Elgin, Luther Dixon, Kay Roger, 1961)
[popularized by Gene McDaniels]

He took a hundred pounds of clay
And then he said hey listen
I'm gonna fix this world today
Because I know what's missin'
Then he rolled his big sleeve up
And a brand new world began
He created a woman and lots of lovin' for a man
Whoa oh oh with a hundred pounds of clay
People let me tell you what he did

With just a hundred pounds of clay
He made my life worth livin'
I'm gonna thank him every day
For every kiss you've been givin'
And I will thank him every night
For these arms that are holdin' me tight
He created a woman huh
Lots of lovin' for a man
People let me tell you what he did

Look can'tcha see him walkin' 'round and 'round
Pickin' the clay up offa the ground
He's doin' just what he should do
To make a livin' dream dream like you

Then he rolled his big sleeve up
And a brand new world began
He created a woman
Lots of lovin' for a man
Yes he did
I'm gonna tell you what he did

People let me tell ya what he did
Yes he did yes he did yes he did
I know he did yes he did yeah
Yes he did yes he did oh yes he did
All by himself

Can'tcha you see him walkin' 'round and 'round
Pickin' the clay up offa the ground
Doin' just what he should do
To make a livin' dream dream like you

And he rolled his big sleeve up
And a brand new world began
He created a woman
Lots of lovin' for a man
Yes he did yes he did yes he did yes he did
I know I know what he did
Yes he did yes he did yes he did yes he did
I know yes he did
Yes he did
I know he did yes he did yes he did
I know I know I know what he did yes he did


I got 'em from lyricstime.com


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 07:56 AM

I'd have to tender a vote for Martin Simpsons haunting and evocative performance of Kiplings The Four Angels


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: Amos
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 09:52 AM

LOL!! Joe, that song springs memories I thought had been lost forever!! Fortunately none of the witnesses at the time are present...

:D



A


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: fretless
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 12:31 PM

One of the first sones I ever struggled through on the guitar. I'm guessing there are other verses.

Adam and Eve in the garden,
Under the sycamore tree.
Eve said to Adam,
"Satan am a-temptering me"

I saw,
I saw the light from heaven
Come shining all around.
I saw the light from heaven,
I saw the light come down.


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 03:54 PM

Hi fretless, yes, that's a verse from Bascom Lamar Lunsford's "Dry Bones." It got a lot of recirculation on the American Anthology of Folk Music set, volume 2.


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 04:21 PM

I believe no one has mentioned Jean Ritchie's fine song "Now is the Cool of the Day?" I'm thinking it might be appropriate here.

I'll see if I can track down the lyrics.

Another song with a similar theme is "Whose Garden Was This?" which I believe Tom Paxton sang.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: Lyr Add: COOL OF THE DAY (Jean Ritchie)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 04:23 PM

Ah, "Cool of the Day" is already in the DT:

COOL OF THE DAY
(Jean Ritchie)

Now is the cool of the day
Now is the cool of the day
This earth is a garden, the garden of my Lord
And he walks in his garden
In the cool of the day

My Lord, he said unto me
Do you like my garden so fair
You may live in this garden if you'll keep the grasses green
And I'll return in the cool of the day

Then my Lord, he said unto me
Do you like my pastures so green
You may live in this garden if you will feed my sheep
And I'll return in the cool of the day

Then my Lord, he said unto me
Do you like my garden so free
You may live in this garden if you'll keep the people free
And I'll return in the cool of the day

Copyright Jean Ritchie

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 21 Sep 07 - 04:24 PM

There's the Painful Plough in which"Adam was a plougman when ploughing first began"

There's a lovely line in the Flower of Magharally
"wiht admiration I beheld this gentle blue-eyed maided
Adam wasn't half so pleased, when he first saw Eve in Eden"


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 22 Sep 07 - 12:16 PM

Bob Coltman paraphrased Oscar Brown Jr.'s FORBIDDEN FRUIT. Here are the lyrics:
               Forbidden Fruit

Eve and adam had a garden everything was Jake
Till one day a voice says,"Pardon, Miss my name is snake.
See that apple over yonder if youll take a bite
You and Adam both are bound to have some fun tonight
Go on and eat forbidden fruit
Its mighty sweet forbidden fruit
Its quite a treat forbidden fruit
Go ahead and taste it you dont wanna waste it

The Lord had said in the beginning,"Everything is free
Except that apple that leads to sinning so let that apple be."
But Eve got tempted so she tried it and as chicks will do
Teased her man till he decided he'd just try some too
Go on and eat forbidden fruit
Its mighty sweet forbidden fruit
Its quite a treat forbidden fruit
Go ahead and bite it I bet youd be delighted

I hate to tell you all what followed, Lord was most upset
Saw them making love and he hollered,"What the hell have you two et?"
And when they made a full confession the Lord said,"Hm I see
I guess I'll have to teach a lesson about not minding me.
Go on and eat forbidden fruit
Its mighty sweet forbidden fruit
Its quite a treat forbidden fruit
Youre all went and did it, now you gonna get it

The Lord made Eve be Adam's madam have his kids and all
Placed some labour laws on adam and he made the snake to fall
Ever since the days of Eden folks been sinful my
Nowadays they're even eating apples in their pie
Go on and eat forbidden fruit
Its mighty sweet forbidden fruit
Its quite a treat forbidden fruit
Go ahead and taste it you dont wanna waste it
Oh go ahead and bite it, bet you'll be delighted
You all went and did it now youll gonna get it
Forbidden fruit


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 Sep 07 - 08:28 PM

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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: GUEST,Sensitive Soul
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 02:51 PM

CREATION by James Weldon Johnson

Though a poem,not a song
It's worth its weight in gold!
Since no one here had mentioned it
I thought it should be told.


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: Artful Codger
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 07:27 PM

Eddie Butcher recorded a song called "Adam in Paradise", featured on a 4-song EP of the same name. I'd be appreciative if someone could post the lyrics and the tune.

There's also the calypso song popularized by Harry Belafonte, "Man Smart, Woman Smarter", which includes two verses about Adam and Eve.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE STORY OF GAELIC
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 09:59 PM

I suppose that most you already know that the first language in the garden was Gaelic, the language of heaven. I wrote this song, tongue in cheek.


THE STORY OF GAELIC

Once Gaelic was the language of the land
Spoken here by every woman, child, and man
For when God created Adam, he decided he would have him
Speak the tongue in which the angels sang

Where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers flow
At a time so many thousand years ago
The people down in Babel built a tower that would travel
From this earth way up to heaven, so I’m told

But the Lord, he wasn't very pleased at all
And decided their construction he would stall
So he took away their Gaelic, left them all ranting and raving
Speaking languages each other didn't know

But then the Lord spoke to a chosen few
Saying Gaelic I will now give back to you
For I know that you still love me and won't put yourselves above me
The Gaelic will be just for me and you

Father John Angus Rankin used to tell
His people to avoid the gates of Hell
But when Heaven's call you're heeding, the Gaelic you'll be needing
It's the language of the garden; learn it well


(c) 2002
A. McLean


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: Young Buchan
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 11:41 AM

When Adam he was first created
And Lord of the Universe crowned,
His happiness was not completed
Until that a helpmate was found.

As Adam he lay in his slumber
A rib was took of his side,
And when he awoke in great wonder
He beheld his most beautiful bride.

She was not took out of his head sir
To triumph and reign over man;
But she was not took out of his feet sir
By man to be trampled upon.

For she was took out of his side sir
His equal and partner to be.
So they were united together
And so it forever shall be.

So let not the fair be despised
By man, for she's part of himself,
And Eve by Adam was prized
Above all the world and its wealth.


Tune- Rosin the Beau


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: Artful Codger
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 03:21 PM

Title and source, please, Young Buchan? Or is that the Eddie Butcher song?


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Subject: RE: Songs from the Garden of Eden
From: Young Buchan
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 05:15 PM

No, it's not the Eddie Butcher one. I got it from a floor singer in Oxford whose name I have unforgivably forgotten (though it was about 35 years ago). There is a longer version in Williams' Folk Songs of the Upper Thames, so it was a genuinely Oxfordshire song - but I'm sure that is pure coincidence because the singer was a student and she (that much I can at least remember) could have been from anywhere.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE POWER OF A BANANA
From: Fergie
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 08:11 PM

From a thread I generated back in 2004

The Power of a Banana

Adam and Eve in the garden sat,
They had no cause to hurry -
But something in the mind of Eve
Caused her to sigh and worry.
When she got up and walked about
As handsome as Diana;
Then Adam said to her, my dear,
Do have a ripe Banana.

Chorus
Banana, Banana,
Ripe and sweet Banana.
If your wife is cross with you,
Just give her a Banana.

They were as happy as could be,
And free from earthly care;
They were allowed to eat all fruits,
Except onbe apple rare-
But the Devil came just like a snake,
Some say like a goanna.
Then Adam ate the apple rare,
And Eve had a Banana.

A friend of mine two years ago,
Met with a lovely girl,
Her golden hair and large blue eyes,
Would facinate an Earl.
She is now his wife and happy too,
Her name it is Johanna -
She's proud of him, why so, because
He gave her a Banana.

Sure, fruit is good at any time,
'Twill make one strong and healthy,
The King, The Queen, the soldier boy,
The poor, likewise the wealthy.
There's Peaches, Pears and Passion-fruit:
When next you meet Susanna -
Don't be shy, wink your left eye,
And give her a Banana.


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