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The tree in Ron's garden. Oranges and lemons.

Ozcloggie

Ramsgate Beach, Australia

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from http://www.rhymes.org.uk/oranges_and_lemons.htm
“The origin of the words to “Oranges and lemons” – strange & sinister!
The exact date of origin is unknown but there was a Square Dance called ‘Oranges and Lemons’ dating back to 1665, unfortunately there are no known record of the lyrics which accompanied the dance but is likely that the words were similar to that of the nursery rhyme. The words to “Oranges and lemons” have been much loved by numerous generations of children. The neighbourhood names relate to some of the many churches of London and the tune that accompanies the lyrics emulates the sound of the ringing of the individual church bells.
The Tyburn Gallows
The words of the nursery rhyme are chanted by children as they play the game of ‘Oranges and lemons’ the end of which culminates in a child being caught between the joined arms of two others, emulating the act of chopping off their head! The reason for the sinister last three lines of the lyrics of “Oranges and lemons” are easily explained, they were added to the original rhyme, probably by children! This addition dates to some time before 1783 when the infamous public execution gallows (the Tyburn-tree) was moved from Tyburn-gate (Marble Arch) to Newgate, a notorious prison for both criminals and debtors hence “When will you pay me”?“. This move was necessary to reduce problems caused by the crowds, often exceeding 100,000, gathered along the execution procession route. This stretched along a three mile route from Newgate Prison to Tyburn and around the Tyburn tree itself.”


We look onto the side of the house, across our street. Our wonderful neighbour spends all his time, tending the fruit and vegetables, in his backyard.
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.
Shed left me for another, its a common tale but true.
A sadder man but wiser now I sing these words to you:

Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.

Peter, Paul and Mary.

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