Saturday, April 12, 2014

The wonderfully enigmatic Riddle Song (with a cameo by baby Matt).

There was this AFP story about a "cherry tree from space"...

It reminded me of a song from long ago, "The Riddle Song" (also made popular by Cliff Richard as "The Twelfth of Never"). I loved the original English folk song's enigmatic lyrics:

"I Gave My Love A Cherry (The Riddle Song)"

I gave my love a cherry
That had no stone
I gave my love a chicken
That had no bone
I gave my love a story
That had no end
I gave my love a baby
With no crying.

How can there be a cherry
That has no stone?
And how can there be a chicken
That has no bone?
How can there be a story
That has no end?
And how can there be a baby
With no crying?

A cherry when it's blooming
It has no stone
A chicken when it's piping
It has no bone
The story that I love you
It has no end
A baby when it's sleeping

It's no crying. 


Here's the original Riddle Song, as sung by Joan Baez:

And here's the  version by Cliff Richard and the Shadows:

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