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"Lemon Tree" is a folk song written by Will Holt in the late 1950s. The tune is based on the Brazilian folk song Meu limão, meu limoeiro, arranged by José Carlos Burle in 1937 and made popular by Brazilian singer Wilson Simonal. The song compares love to a lemon tree: "Lemon tree very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat." The song has been recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, Chad & Jeremy, The Kingston Trio, The Seekers, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Sandie Shaw, and Roger Whittaker. In 1965, Trini Lopez recorded the most successful version of the song which hit number twenty on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Billboard Middle Road Singles chart. It was adapted as a jingle in the 1960s for Lemon Pledge. A reference is made to the song in the Seinfeld episode ‘The Phone Message’ (Season 2, Episode 4, 17:38). Another television reference has the character Jefferson singing it during a dream sequence in the Married With Children episode ‘Lookin' for a Desk in All the Wrong Places’(Season 6, Episode 5, 17:00). 


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1961
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When I was just a little boy, my father said to me, 
"Come here and learn a lesson from the lovely lemon tree.
My son, it's most important" my father said to me, 
"To put your faith in what you feel and not in what you see."

[Chorus: x2]
Lemon tree, very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet, 
But the fruit of the poor lemon is a thing one cannot eat.

Beneath that Lemon Tree one day, my love and I did lie. 
A girl so sweet that when she smiled, the sun rose in the sky.
We passed the summer lost in love beneath the Lemon Tree. 
The music of her laughter hid my father's words from me.

[Chorus: x2]

One day she left without a word. 
She took away the sun and in the dark she left behind, 
I knew what she had done.
She left me for another. 
It's a common tale but true. 
A sadder man but wiser now, 
I sing these words to you.

[Chorus: x2]

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The Kingston Trio

The Kingston Trio is an American folk and pop music group that helped launch the folk revival of the late 1950s to late 1960s. The group started as a San Francisco Bay Area nightclub act with an original lineup of Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds. It rose to international popularity, fueled by unprecedented sales of 33⅓ rpm long-playing record albums (LPs), and helped to alter the direction of popular music in the U.S. more »

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Written by: WILL HOLT

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