LEMON TREE

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LEMON TREE
“Lemon Tree” is a folk song written by Will Holt in the 1960s. The tune is based on the
Brazilian folk song “Meu limão, meu limoeiro”, arranged by José Carlos Burle in 1937
and made popular by Brazilian singer Wilson Simonal. The song has been recorded by
Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, The Seekers and Trini Lopez. In the 1960s, the
tune was used in television advertisements for “Lemon Pledge,” an aerosol furniture
polish. The song compares love to a lemon tree: “Lemon tree very pretty, and the lemon
flower is sweet, but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.”
When I was just a lad of ten, my father said to me,
“Come here and take a lesson from the lovely lemon tree.”
“Don’t put your faith in love, my boy”, my father said to me,
“I fear you’ll find that love is like the lovely lemon tree.”
Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
One day beneath the lemon tree, my love and I did lie
A girl so sweet that when she smiled the stars rose in the sky.
We passed that summer lost in love beneath the lemon tree
the music of her laughter hid my father’s words from me:
Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
One day she left without a word. She took away the sun.
And in the dark she left behind, I knew what she had done.
She’d left me for another, it’s a common tale but true.
A sadder man but wiser now I sing these words to you:
Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.