The Pear Tree

 
Performed by:
Frank Hinchliffe
Recorded in:
Crosspool, Sheffield
Recorded on:
01/07/1976
Recorded by:
Mike Yates and Ruairidh Greig
Genre:
Humour
Keywords:
Children,
Clothing,
Deception,
Sex
 

Archival information

TYG:
38
Key:
Eb
Time Signature:
4/4
Roud id:
1713
Laws id:
Master title:
The Pear Tree
Places Cited:

Lyrics

1
Now me an’ two other boys went on the spree,
On our way we met a pear tree;
Up this pear tree I did climb
For to get some pears I felt inclined.

Chorus
To me ay, me oh, me ammer like a daisy,
Why fol-de-diddle, to me why fol-de-day.

2
When up this pear tree I got landed,
The other two lads from me they’d squandered;
Were not the pears that please`d me,
But a man and a woman came under this tree.

3
Now with sweet kisses ’e embraced ’er,
Swore for many a mile ’e’d chased ’er,
Pulled off ’is coat to save ’er gown,
An’ ’e gently sits this fair maid down.

4
Now I shook this pear tree just like thunder,
The man and the woman ran away in wonder,
Were not the pears that please`d me,
But a damn good coat left under this tree.

5
Now off to town I ran like fire,
The owner of the coat bein’ my desire,
The owner of the coat were never found out,
So I got a damn good coat for nowt.

6
Come all ye lads, wherever you may be,
Never go a-courtin’ under a pear tree,
Never pull your coat off to save their gown,
For the pears they will come tumblin’ down.

Recording from the LP In Sheffield Park, Traditional Songs from South Yorkshire.

Archival information

TYG:
38
Key:
Eb
Time Signature:
4/4
Roud id:
1713
Laws id:
Master title:
The Pear Tree
Places Cited: