The cherry tree carol    (video)

 

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1. When Joseph was an old man, an old man was he,

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    he married Virgin Mary, the Queen of Galilee.

             F                     C                             G  C

    He married Virgin Mary, the Queen of Galilee.

 

      C                                                                       G

2. Joseph and Mary walked through an orchard green,

                        F                   C                                          E

    there were berries and cherries as thick as might be seen.

                         F                   C                            G            C

    There were berries and cherries as thick as might be seen.

 

               C                                                            G

3. And Mary spoke to Joseph, so meek and so mild,

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    “Joseph, gather me some cherries, for I am with child.

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    Joseph, gather me some cherries, for I am with child.”

 

             C                                                     G

4. And Joseph flew in anger, in anger flew he,

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    “Let the father of the baby gather cherries for thee.

                 F                   C                              G      C

    Let the father of the baby gather cherries for thee.”

 

              C                                                         G

5. Then up spoke baby Jesus from in Mary's womb,

                 F                       C                                                E

    “Bend down the tallest tree that my mother might have some.

                F                       C                              G               C

    Bend down the tallest tree that my mother might have some.”

 

              C                                                                           G

6. And bent down the tallest branch 'til it touched Mary's hand,

                F                             C                                                E

    cried she, ”Oh, look thou, Joseph, I have cherries by command.

                F                              C                                  G            C

    Cried she, “Oh, look thou, Joseph, I have cherries by command.

 

+  instrumental = verse 6

 

(orig. = capo 2nd)    (Joan Baez)