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Thread #126155   Message #2800280
Posted By: Charley Noble
31-Dec-09 - 02:52 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Neath the Crust of the Old Apple Pie
Subject: Origins: Neath the Crust of the Old Apple Pie
I was baking a pie this morning and ran across this old song transcribed by my mother in the cookbook.

A version of this song is already in the DT as Judy Cook learned it from her parents, sung to the tune of "In The Shade of the Old Apple Tree" but there isn't any older source or printed reference:

'NEATH THE CRUST OF THE OLD APPLE PIE

'Neath the crust of the old apple pie,
There is something for you and for I
It may be a pin that the cook has left in
Or it may be a wee little fly
(a package of black diamond dye)

Oh, it may be an old rusty nail
Or a piece of the pussycat's tail
(puppy dog's)
But whate'er it may be
It's for you and for me,
'Neath the crust of the old apple pie.

My mother, Dahlov Ipcar, also learned this one in the 1920's and remembers the lines as:

'NEATH THE CRUST OF THE OLD APPLE PIE

'Neath the crust of the old apple pie,
There is something for you and for I;
It may be a pin that Mom has dropped in,
It may be a nice juicy fly;
It may be an old rusty nail
Or a piece of a pussycat's tail,
But whatever it be
It's for you and for me,
'Neath the crust of the old apple pie.

Anyone else got a clue where this came from, or alternative lines?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble