#03214
Cherry Tree Carol (Judy Brazil) video
#1969: YouTube video by NLTreasure ©2011
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Joseph was an old man and an old man was he,
When he wedded Mary in the land of Galilee;
When he wedded Mary in the land of Galilee.

Joseph and Mary walkéd out
in that orchard food,
There were berries and cherries
so red as any blood;
Berries and cherries so red as any blood.

Then up speaks fair Mary,
with a voice so meek and so mild,
"Pluck me one cherry, Joseph,
for I am with child;
Pluck me one cherry, Joseph,
for I am with child."

Then up speaks old Joseph
with an answer most unkind,
"Let him pluck thee the cherry
that brought thee now with child;
Let him pluck thee the cherry
that brought thee now with child."

Then up speaks the baby
from within his mother's womb,
"Bow down the tallest branches
for my mother to have some;
Bow down the tallest branches
for my mother to have some."

Then bowed down the tallest tree
all on the babe's command,
"Dear Joseph," said Mary,
"I have cherries by command;
Dear Joseph," said Mary,
"I have cherries by command."

Then up speaks old Joseph,
"I have done my Mary wrong,
But cheer up now, my dearest,
do not be cast down;
But cheer up now, my dearest,
do not be cast down."

Mary ate a cherry so red as any blood,
Then Mary she went home all with her heavy load;
Mary she went home all with her heavy load.

####.... Author unknown. Abbreviated variant arranged by Pamela Morgan of a traditional ballad, The Cherry-Tree Carol [Child ballad #54A] The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) Dover Publications, New York, 1965, edited by Francis James Child [1825-1896], American scholar, educator and folklorist ....####
This variant recorded by Judy Brazil of Trepassey, Southern Shore, NL (Greatest Gift Of All, trk#3, 2003 CD, Sawyer Hill Productions, Placentia, NL, produced and arranged by Kevin Collins.

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