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Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood

HiHo_Silver 25 Jul 04 - 10:45 AM
Joe Offer 25 Jul 04 - 01:00 PM
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Jim Dixon 26 Jul 04 - 10:56 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Legend Of The Dogwood
From: HiHo_Silver
Date: 25 Jul 04 - 10:45 AM

Lyrics open to correction as they are from memory.

The Legend Of The Dog Wood Tree

There is a lovely story, the legend tho it be
It tells how blessed Jesus was pitied by a tree
T'was in the days when Jesus this earth did walk upon
The dogwood tree was larger it's wood was firm and strong
How beautiful the story the legend of a tree
That sobbed for dear Jesus unto old Calvary
It proves that if we love him a blessing we'll receive
Just as the lovely story of the lowly dogwood tree.

(Narration)
At the time of the crucifixion the dogwood attained the size of the Oak and other forest trees
So strong and firm was the wood of it, that it was chosen for the timber of the cross
To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree and Jesus sensed this and smiled upon it
And in his gentle pity for sorrow said to it,
because of your regret and pity for my suffering I make you this promise
Never again shall the dogwood growing up to be used for a cross
Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted
And it's blossoms shall be in the form of a cross, two long petals and Two short petals
And in the center of the outer edge of each petal
there'll be the nail print browned with rust and stained with blood
And the center of the flower will be an image of the crown of thorns
And all who seeth will remember that it was upon the dogwood tree I was crucified
And this tree shall not be mutilated or destroyed but cherished as a reminder of my death upon the cross.

Two petals long two petals short a symbol of the cross on each the print of nails and blood which pictures Jesus lost.
In the center of each flower the crown of thorns can see
And so it told the legend of the lowly dogwood tree.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend Of The Dogwood
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Jul 04 - 01:00 PM

Silver, do you remember anything about hwere you hear this? It sounds familiar, but I can't place it. This Google Search brings up a couple of pieces that may be related.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend Of The Dogwood
From: HiHo_Silver
Date: 25 Jul 04 - 02:40 PM

Hi Joe: If you read my post of July 21/04 "coppers grow unto silver" you will find how I heard and learned a good deal of these older songs. Heard Legend of the Dogwood sung by a local performer some nights back and it stirred it in my memory. I have since found it in Real audio by Wilma Lee at the record lady. New request page 12.   http://recordlady.webgcs.com/main2.htm

if you pick up any differences, feel free to change. I will post any differences I notice here when I find time to listen carefully to the recording.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend Of The Dogwood
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 25 Jul 04 - 02:55 PM

I have a recording of this by Roy Acuff.. have to check the words..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend Of The Dogwood
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Jul 04 - 03:26 PM

You can identify the dogwood by its bark...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend Of The Dogwood
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 Jul 04 - 10:56 PM

A search at allmusic indicates LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD TREE was written by Stoney Cooper and recorded by Wilma Lee a.k.a. Wilma Lee Cooper. Three albums are listed: "The Best of the Best of Bluegrass Gospel" (a compilation) 1995; "Walking My Lord Up Calvary's Hill," 1988; and "22 All Time Gospel Hits," 2003.

BMI, however, lists 2 more songs with the same title, or possibly 2 other sets of claimants to the same song: (1) Fred Everett Sollie and Carolyn Teresa Tart; and (2) Juanita Moore.

I remember when I was a kid in St. Louis in the 1950's, someone in the family had a printed card, probably bought at the gift shop of some tourist attraction in the South, that explained the symbolism of the dogwood flower in similar terms. I doubt that the words were the same, but the general idea was. I have a hunch the legend existed in folklore before anyone turned it into a song.

My father held the dogwood in high esteem. He went to great trouble to find and dig up seedlings in the woods and plant them in our backyard, along with redbud trees. They both bloom early in the spring.

I think this is the species I remember: The flowering dogwood, Cornus florida. "Dogwood" is actually the name of a large family of woody plants, but the flowering dogwood is the only one my father took any notice of. It doesn't grow in Minnesota, where I now live.


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Subject: Lyr Add: LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Jul 04 - 06:12 PM

I compared the above lyrics with the song as sung by Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper in the sound file at The Record Lady's All-Time Country Favorites, Requests Page Twelve; and with Lee Moore's recording on the same website, at the Country Easter Page. My corrections are marked in boldface.

LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD
As sung by Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper

VERSE 1: There is a lovely story, a legend though it be.
It tells how blessed Jesus was pitied by a tree.
'Twas in the days when Jesus this earth did walk upon.
The dogwood tree was larger. Its wood was firm and strong.

CHORUS: How beautiful the story! the legend of a tree
That sorrowed for dear Jesus on cruel Calvary.
It proves that if we love Him, a blessing we'll receive,
Just as the lovely story of the lowly dogwood tree.

NARRATION: At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood attained the size of the oak and other forest trees.
So strong and firm was the wood of it, that it was chosen for the timber of the cross.
To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree;
And Jesus sensed this, smiled upon it, and in His gentle pity for sorrow said to it,
"Because of your regret and pity for my suffering, I make you this promise:
Never again shall the dogwood grow enough to be used for a cross.
Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted;
And its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross: two long petals and two short petals;
And in the center of the outer edge of each petal, there'll be the nail prints brown with rust and stained with blood;
And the center of the flowers will be an image of the crown of thorns;
And all who see it will remember that it was upon the dogwood tree I was crucified;
And this tree shall not be mutilated or destroyed, but cherished as a reminder of my death upon the cross."

VERSE 2: Two petals long, two petals short, a symbol of the cross.
On each, the print of nails and blood, which pictures Jesus lost.
In the center of each flower, the crown of thorns can see.
And so is told the legend of the lowly dogwood tree.

[Lee Moore performs LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD TREE in a different sequence: He speaks the entire narrative first, then sings Verse 1, Chorus, Verse 2, and Chorus.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood
From: GUEST,jpk
Date: 09 Mar 05 - 09:24 PM

last from dixon looks good to me.except, grow enough was grow strong, to be used as a cross.if i remeber it right.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 09 Mar 05 - 09:48 PM

The legend is well-known, many references to it. Can't find anything definite, but I suspect it is 19th c., when many 'bible school' stories of this type surfaced.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 09 Mar 05 - 10:18 PM

Googling, I see Jesus also placed a curse on the redbud tree, called the 'Fisherman's tree,' because Peter was crucified on one.
Any more accursed trees?
I have cursed many a stream-side tree which caught my dry flies, but nothing happened to them.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood
From: GUEST,Anne Croucher
Date: 10 Mar 05 - 06:16 PM

Bitter withy oh bittter withy
that causes me to smart
the withy shall be
the very first tree
to wither at the heart

Anne


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Mar 05 - 06:23 PM

From the same 'Floridata' website I cited above, the Eastern redbud, Cercis canadensis. It says, "According to legend, an Old World relative of redbud was used by Judas Iscariot to hang himself." I hadn't heard of any legend attached to the redbud before.

A couple of years ago we planted a small redbud tree that we bought from a local nursery. It was reputedly a variety that was developed at the University of Minnesota and was supposed to be able to survive Minnesota winters. Alas, it died.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood
From: GUEST,michael
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 12:24 AM

The song "the dogwood tree" was written by my first grade teacher, mrs Brown, back in the late '40's, early 50's, and don't let anyone tell you different. I think i may still have a copy of the original published sheet music.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 01:05 AM

The University of North Texas Library has sheet music described thus:

THE LEGEND OF THE DOGWOOD TREE: Lenten carol for mixed voices, a cappella
Words, Adelaide S. Johnston; music, Ralph E. Marryott
Philadelphia: Oliver Ditson: Theodore Presser, distributors, ©1944
Anthem. For chorus (SATB); piano for rehearsal only.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 05:20 PM

The redbud is accursed here in River City, but not because of Judas. It's weak, and given to dropping branches. In dangerous conditions (ice storm, snow on leafy trees) you don't want to be under one of them. It also seeds prolifically, and I have ripped out dozens of its useless seedlings over the years.

It's hard to picture anybody hanging themselves on a redbud, because for one thing the trees are so small you could hardly get off the ground. For another, the branch would probably break. Embarrassing!

It's pretty when it flowers, but when that's over, it's rather ugly all summer long.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 08:10 PM

Update on the redbud tree I referred to back in 2005: It died back to the ground in one bad winter, but then sprouted up from the root and has been thriving ever since.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Aug 11 - 10:36 PM

Despite what I just wrote, I'm glad for you, Jim. A state ought to have at least one redbud.

Its pale purple blossoms and gray branches are a welcome sight after a hard winter, particularly when displayed against a limestone cliff.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood
From: GUEST,betty
Date: 26 Mar 14 - 03:39 AM

I remember this song also,i found a picture of this tail and i found something on line-( KIRK H. NEELY-MARCH 2011 ) TALE OF TWO TREES -The two beautiful flowering are a reminder of the passion of CHRIST during the season of Lent. Again the tradition was so distressing that,rather then cursing the redbud as only a symbol of betrayel,the CREATOR blessed the tree with heart shaped leaves that are in full display by good friday.The leaves are said to be a symbol of the loveing heart of GOD.   Even as the dogwood tree blooming usually coinside with good friday.So the red tree floweres near theides of march,the date lives in imfamy as the day of betrayal of Julius Ceaser by Brutus.The redbud tree presents betrayal not by Brutus but by Judas Iscariot. People of the Appalation Mouhtains have long refferd the redbud as the Judas Tree.   So two beautifull trees live to tell their stories.   Hope this helps some..♪♪♪


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Legend of the Dogwood
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 26 Mar 14 - 02:00 PM

Terry Allen wrote a nice song on this same theme.
It was on his 1976 album "Juarez."

I feel just like a dogwood tree.
Somebody come and carved a cross out of me.
And they carried me down to Jerusalem.
And the people there gimme to the carpenter's son.

Yeah, they carried my weight up Golgotha plain.
And the sky turned black, Lord. It started to rain.
And the (police?), with their hammers, drove his white hands in me.
And made him a part of a dogwood tree.

Now he may be gone far away from here.
And the sun may shine bright, Lord. The sky might be clear.
But the iron that they used, to nail him to me,
lingers dark in the bark of a dogwood tree.


The melody starts out similar to the chorus of "The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea."


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