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GUEST,The black belt caterpillar wrestler Songs about trees - the funny side (26) RE: Trees - the funny side? 26 Apr 06

How about Graham Pratt's "Magig Pear Tree". The story comes from Italy and pre-dates Chaucer.
The last line repeats in each verse with a sort of music hall feel to it.

There was a young lady, a tender young thing,
Did marry a crusty old man,
But soon, to her shame, found her passions inflamed
By his handsome young serving man, Dan.
His handsome young serving man, Dan.

In a note she confessed that she loved him the best
But complained she was never alone.
"So if you intend, sir, to make me surrender
'Tmust be when I'm with the old man."

Now Daniel's desire his thoughts did inspire
To think how this feat might be achieved.
A sly cunning plan that would fool the old man
But convince him he'd not been deceived.

A plan was agreed, implemented with speed,
The scene of the crime was the orchard,
Where Daniel and Bess their true love could express,
A love that had so long been tortured.

The very next day through the orchard strolled they,
Sweet Bessie and old Ebeneezer.
Says Bess, "My dear man would you please ask young Dan
To fetch me a pear from that tree sir."

Well they called for young Dan ('twas all part of the plan)
And he climbed the tree right to the top,
But then he looked down and started to frown,
And called out "Oh stop sir, pray stop."

The old man was perplexed and a little bit vexed,
And he called on young Dan to explain.
Says Dan "What I see from the top of this tree,
Well it grieves me and causes me pain."

"It would seem that this tree is a magical tree
For, from up here on high looking down,
It did seem sir to me that the lady and thee
Were a-tumbling around on the ground."

Well up springs the old man and as fast as he can,
And believe me sir that was quite slow,
Though well past his prime, the tree for to climb
To see if what Dan said was so.

Meanwhile Dan and Bess, not needing excuse,
Began for to sport on the ground,
And when Ebeneezer was high in the tree, sir,
He turned and began to look down.

"Well 'tis magic indeed for I never did see
A funnier thing in my life.
From on top of this tree, though I know it can't be,
It would seem you're on top of my wife.

So come all you old men who would marry again,
The moral is plain to be found.
Don't give a flea for the pear in the tree,
Just watch out for the pair on the ground.

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