Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)

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"Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)" is a popular song that was made famous by Glenn Miller and by the Andrews Sisters during World War II. Its lyrics are the words of two young lovers who pledge their fidelity while one of them is away serving in the war. Originally titled "Anywhere the Bluebird Goes", the melody was written by Sam H. Stept as an updated version of the nineteenth-century English folk song "Long, Long Ago". Lew Brown and Charles Tobias wrote the lyrics and the song debuted in the 1939 Broadway musical Yokel Boy. After the United States entered the war in December 1941, Brown and Tobias modified the lyrics to their current form, with the chorus ending with "...till I come marching home"."Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" remained in Your Hit Parade's first place from October 1942 through January 1943. It was the longest period for a war song to hold first place. In February 18, 1942 the Glenn Miller Orchestra recorded the song with vocals by Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, and The Modernaires. This record spent thirteen weeks on the Billboard charts and was ranked as the nation's twelfth best-selling recording of the year. In May the song was featured in the film Private Buckaroo as a performance by the Andrews Sisters with the Harry James orchestra and featuring a tap dancing routine by The Jivin' Jacks and Jills. This scene is often considered one of the most memorable of the film. The Andrews Sisters then released the song on Decca Records. (In a 1971 interview, Patty Andrews reported that this was their most requested song.) Many other artists released records of the song that year, including Kay Kyser. With the Miller, Andrews, and Kyser records all being popular on the radio, "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" became one of the few songs in history to have three different versions on the radio hit parade at the same time. The Andrews version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016. In 1943, Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHugh wrote "They Just Chopped Down the Old Apple Tree" for the film Around the World as a humorous parody of this song, which was recorded by The Dinning Sisters. Frank Loesser's and Arthur Schwartz's "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" from Thank Your Lucky Stars, also references the song when a woman tells her lover that she "can't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me" because all of the other men her age are also fighting in the war. More recently, "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" was featured in the films Twelve O'Clock High (1949), With a Song in My Heart (1952), Kiss Them for Me (1957), A Carol for Another Christmas (1964), In Dreams (1999) and The Master (2012). It also featured in the mini-series The Pacific, and an instrumental muzak version was featured in the film Devil (2010). 


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I wrote my mother
I wrote my father 
And now I'm writing you too
I'm sure of mother
I'm sure of father
And now I wanna be sure of you
 
Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me
Anyone else but me, anyone else but me
No, no, no
Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me
Till I come marching home

Don't go walking down lovers' lane with anyone else but me
Anyone else but me, anyone else but me
No, no, no
Don't go walking down lovers' lane with anyone else but me
Till I come marching home

I just got word from a guy who heard
From the guy next door to me
The girl he met just loves to pet
And it fits you to a T
So don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me
Till I come marching home

Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me
(With anyone else but her)
No, no, no, not a single soul but me

No, no, no, don't you sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me
Not till you see me, not until you see me marching home
Home, home, home, home sweet home

Don't go walking down lovers' lane with anyone else but me
(With anyone else but her)
No, no, no, not a single soul but me

No, no, no, don't you go walking down lovers' lane
With anyone else but me
Not till you see me, not until you see me marching home
Home, home, home, home sweet home
Just wait till I come marching home

No, don't go walking down lovers' lane
No, walking down lovers' lane till you see me
When you see me marching home

Then we'll go arm in arm and
Sit down under the apple tree
Baby, just you and me
When I come marching home

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The Andrews Sisters

The Andrews Sisters were a highly successful close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters: contralto LaVerne Sophia Andrews (July 6, 1911 – May 8, 1967), soprano Maxene Angelyn Andrews (January 3, 1916 – October 21, 1995), and mezzo-soprano Patricia Marie "Patty" Andrews (born February 16, 1918). Throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records (the last official count released by MCA Records in the mid-1970s). Their 1941 hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues. more »

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Written by: LEW BROWN, SAM H. STEPT, CHARLES TOBIAS

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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10 facts about this song

Historical Context
The song "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)" gained popularity during the time of World War II. It struck a chord with the couples who were separated due to the war, creating a strong emotional connection with its audience.
Song's Predecessor
The song is an adaptation of a 19th-century English folk song called "Long, Long Ago."
Songwriters
It was written by Sam H. Stept, Lew Brown, and Charles Tobias.
Glen Miller Version
Glenn Miller, a popular composer, and bandleader, also recorded the song with his orchestra and made it hit the top of the charts in 1942.
Andrews Sisters Version
Another popular version was recorded by The Andrews Sisters, also in 1942, which enjoyed considerable success.
Kay Kyser Version
Kay Kyser, a popular bandleader, and radio personality at the time recorded a particularly successful version of the song.
Marion Hutton Contribution
Marion Hutton, renowned as Glenn Miller's original female vocalist, also contributed her voice to the song, making it more captivating for listeners.
Vocal Group The Modernaires
The Modernaires, an American vocal group best known for their work with Glenn Miller, also contributed to making the song a hit.
Pop Culture Reference
"Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)" became a staple of USO performances during World War II and it was also featured in several war-themed films of the time, solidifying its place in pop culture history.
Iconic Lyrics
The refrain of the song "Don't sit under the Apple tree with anyone else but me, till I come marching home" became widely recognized and symbolic of the wartime separations.

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