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​Shade Of The Old Apple Tree

This song is by Ramblin' Jack Elliott and appears…

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 down and set beside them
And there she sat from one o'clock to six

In the shade of the old apple tree
I's in water right up to my knee
I had to lay down while she was around
'Til only my nose you could see

Mosquitoes was biting my nose
And the crawdads was nibbling my toes
I lay there all day 'til she went away
From the shade of the old apple tree

Here comes the pitiful part, boys and girls

It was only yesterday that Jane and I got hitched
You bet your life I was a happy groom
There was only one thing 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 thing 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's in water right up to my knee
I had to lay down while she was around
'Til only my nose you could see

Mosquitoes was biting my nose
And the crawdads was nibbling my toes
I lay there all day 'til 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

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