Saturday, January 02, 2010

Cherry Tree Carol

Thanks to my friend Lois, I learned about this old but beautiful carol. I believe it was written by Peter, Paul and Mary.
When Joseph was an old man, an old man was he
He married Virgin Mary, the Queen of Galilee
He married Virgin Mary, the Queen of Galilee

Joseph and Mary walked through an orchard green
There were cherries and berries, as thick as might be seen
There were cherries and berries, as thick as might be seen

Mary said to Joseph, so meek and so mild:
Joseph, gather me some cherries, for I am with child
Joseph, gather me some cherries, for I am with child

Then Joseph flew in anger, in anger flew he
Let the father of the baby gather cherries for thee!
Let the father of the baby gather cherries for thee!

Then up spoke baby Jesus, from in Mary's womb:
Bend down the tallest branches, that my mother might have some
Bend down the tallest branches, that my mother might have some

And bend down the tallest branches, it touched Mary's hand
Cried she: Oh look thou Joseph, I have cherries by command
Oh look thou Joseph, I have cherries by command

2 comments:

Leticia said...

Thanks for posting the lyrics to this unique carol. I have a cherished Christmas CD from Jose Feliciano which has it.

Esther G. said...

Leticia, my friend raved about JF's version of this song.