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Lyr Req: The Yum Yum Tree

Melissa 07 Nov 08 - 04:22 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Yum Yum Tree
From: Melissa
Date: 07 Nov 08 - 04:22 PM

Does anybody have words to this Tom Dark (I think) song?

There grew a tree where I was born
in my old neighborhood
and everyone for miles agreed
that tree was mighty good

It bore a fruit so rare and sweet
it made our tonsils glad
digesting it was so much fun
it could drive people mad


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Yum Yum Tree
From: Melissa
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 03:12 PM

please?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Yum Yum Tree
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 04:27 PM

There's a YouTube recording here (click) - not very good quality, though.
Anybody want to get to work on a transcription?
It's also on Doctor Demento's "Basement Tapes."

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Yum Yum Tree
From: Melissa
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 04:32 PM

Thanks, Joe.
I hope somebody comes up with words (I don't know enough pseudo-scientific/biology words to accurately guess some of them even in a clear recording) and I'll certainly look at it on youtube when I've got my hands on a faster computer!


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE YUM-YUM TREE (from Tom Dark)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 06:44 PM

Here's my attempt at a transcription from the sound file at YouTube:


THE YUM-YUM TREE
As sung by Tom Dark

1. There grew a tree where I was born in my own neighborhood,
And ev'ryone for miles agreed that tree was mighty good.
It bore a fruit so firm and sweet, it made all tonsils glad.
Digesting it was so much fun, it drove our tummies mad.
We smiled to think how nature could produce such goodies free,
And nature smiled back at us through our own yum-yum tree.
The yum-yum tree would show mankind how tasty life could be.
It changed the lives of all who ever tried the yum-yum tree.

2. A clado*-chordate rutacii* with bifurcated leaves,
Deciduous, bein' somehow dioaceous*, strange to see;
And these digitate integuments on indehiscent seeds,
And these mugrenates* keep habovice* from causing tuber fleas.
With these fancy words a botanist approved our yum-yum tree,
While dissecting it with skill and care on PBS TV.
Then he lectured on how nature had produced these goodies free,
And he sold some plants to squeeze it into high technology.

3. Then industry improved yum-yum to better suit our will,
With thizo*-meso*-DNA in hexachlorophyll*,
And visomega* detahol* and stuff they use for pills.
An airplane sprayed our neighborhood and all our pets fell ill.
Then yum-yum tankers sailed the seas and yum-yum juice got spilled,
Then lab'ratory tests on rats showed yum-yum juice could kill.
With some chagrin they rubbed their chins at this duplicity,
While nature smiled quietly inside that yum-yum tree.

3. One day a killer frost came in, the yum-yum crop declined,
And yum-yum addicts ev'rywhere lost their collective mind.
The crime rate rose and prices soared, no yum-yum substitute,
So all right-thinking paranoids declared war on yum-yum fruit.
The CIA found communists behind this yum-yum slime.
Religion smelled the devil. The FBI found crime.
We had to move to rectify foul nature's wicked deeds.
Straight to jail for anybody caught possessing yum-yum seeds!

4. Then certain famous pressure groups did press the FCC
To have wiped clean from radio all songs of yum-yum trees.
The yum-yum tree did show mankind how silly it can be,
When it lays the blame for all its pain on something from a tree;
And I guess I'm now a criminal 'cause I found yum-yum seeds,
And I see nature smiling as I plant them quietly.

SPOKEN: That was an ecological song.

[*I attempted to spell these words phonetically, because I don't recognize them. They might be nonsense, made-up words, for all I know. The strange words not marked with an asterisk, are, I believe, real words, although I don't know whether they are being used in a logical way here.

[I assume the yum-yum tree is a fictional tree. Does anyone know any different?]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Yum Yum Tree
From: Melissa
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 06:53 PM

My hero!
Beautiful, Jim Dixon..I could only remember disconnected snatches and bits of phrases (and some was far beyond my grasp even when I knew more of the words)

dioaceous..I think that's a stretched/strange 'delicious' (diolicious)

habovice..sounds like 'epiphytes' to me..which is also nonsensical as far as I know?

Thank you


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Yum Yum Tree
From: Melissa
Date: 09 Nov 08 - 06:55 PM

tuber fleas..I heard that as tuberculosis (tubercles)

I'm so pleased to have these words..
thanks again!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Yum Yum Tree
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jan 09 - 11:17 AM

The word "dioecious" means that the male and female reproductive organs occur on different plants. For example, there are male ginkgo trees and female ginkgo trees. Typically you only see the males because the females produce the seeds which smell like rotting shellfish.

Rutaceae refers to the citrus family.

I've heard of a real tree with a name similar to "yum yum", but for the life of me I can't remember the name of it. The fruit I am thinking of is native to China, is round in shape (about the size of a ping pong ball or a golf ball), and looks very similar to a mulberry except for its size and shape. The next time I go to Walmart, I will look at a certain type of fruit juice blend that contains juice from this fruit I am thinking of. I recall researching this tree at one time and finding that while it is legal to import the juice, it is illegal to import the seeds (possibly for environmental reasons as it could become a pest plant). I also recall reading that there are some of these trees growing in Florida.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Yum Yum Tree
From: Melissa
Date: 05 Jan 09 - 04:48 PM

thanks, guest!
I'm kind of fascinated by the idea of a ping pong ball with drupelets!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Yum Yum Tree
From: GUEST,Tom Dark himself
Date: 31 Jan 13 - 12:42 AM

Well bless my soul! Somebody was looking for this song on my blog tonight, and I traced it to here.

I played and recorded songs idiomatically when I did, various styles I'd learned as a working musician. In January 1990 I had a dream of a Kingston Trio style song by this name. Got up and wrote it down. I'm surprised people are still asking about it here in 2009.

A biology teacher tracked me down to tell me he had his students memorize it. I took it from a glossary. It describes a hermaphroditic human-form with dangling fruit, ghosting the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil from the Bible story. Not everybody got that. It gained a little popularity because people thought it was about marijuana.

Some corrections:

"And nature smiled back at us through our old Yum Yum Tree

A cladode chordate rutaceae with bifurcated leaves
Deciduous, yet somehow dioecious, strange to see
And these digitate integuments on indehiscent seeds
And these mucronates keep epiphytes from causing tubercles!

With these fancy words a botanist approved our Yum Yum Tree
While dissecting it with skill and care on PBS teevee!
Then he lectured on how nature's earth produced such goodies free,
then he sold some plans to squeeze it into high technologee.

Then industry improved yum-yum to better suit our will,
With phiso-meso DNA and hexachlorophyll,
And phiso-mega-death-a-hol and stuff they use for pills,
Then airplanes sprayed our neighborhood and all our pets fell ill!

Then Yum-Yum tankers sailed the seas and yum-yum juice got spilled,
Then lab'ratory tests on rats showed yum-yum juice could kill.
With some chagrin they rubbed their chins at this duplicity,
While nature smiled quietly inside that yum-yum tree.

One day a killer frost came and the yum-yum crop declined,
And yum-yum addicts ev'rywhere lost their collective mind.
The crime rate rose as prices soared, no yum-yum substitute,
So all right-thinking paranoids declared war on yum-yum fruit.

The CIA found communists behind this yum-yum slime.
Religions found the devil. The FBI found crime.
We had to move to rectify foul nature's wicked deeds.
Straight to jail for anybody caught possessing yum-yum seeds!

Then certain famous pressure groups did press the FCC
To have wiped clean from radio all songs of yum-yum trees.
The yum-yum tree did show mankind how silly it can be,
When it lays the blame for all its pain on something from a tree;

And I guess I'm now a criminal 'cause I found yum-yum seeds,
And I see nature smiling as I plant them quietly.

That was an ecological song.

No, it was about Man.

Copyright 1990 by yours truly.

My son salvaged a number of my old funny tunes for me. Write me at tomdark10@yahoo.com , tweet me at @tomdark9 , my blog's at tommydark.blogspot.com


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