[Milton-L] Oscar Brown, Jr: Fruit and Serpents

Yuko Nii wahcenter at earthlink.net
Sun Feb 1 11:09:20 EST 2009


 From Terrance:

PS: Thought you might like a glimpse of the 134 carat emerald (this  
pendant world) . The necklace around it is Mughal - solid gold,  
rubies, emeralds and Basra pearls, 19th c.
On Feb 1, 2009, at 10:01 AM, Yuko Nii wrote:

> From Terrance Lindall
>
> Dear Jeffery:
>
> Cheers on that lovely scroll. It shows that scholarship & good humor  
> can go hand in hand! Made my day!
>
> Since the List now knows about the Wickenheiser event at our Center,  
> let me expand on it. We are thinking about honoring Dr. Wickenherser  
> with a dinner in his honor. How many of you would come? I know from  
> his magnificent SCU catalogue on his collection that he knows and  
> admires many of you. He deserves the honor. It would be quite a nice  
> event with music, good cheer and another celebration of our passion  
> for John Milton. On that day I intend to present a gift to the  
> Milton collection of the Yuko Nii Foundation. a massive 134 carat  
> emerald hanging from a golden chain! It symbolizes our green lucent  
> earth hanging in a golden chain from Heaven as in Paradise Lost.  
> Also, you will see my recent altarpiece for Paradise Lost with 24K  
> gold leaf, ormolu and semiprecious stones. It is another gift to the  
> Yuko Nii Foundation collection. A vignette of Dr. Wickenheiser is in  
> the painting, among other personages.
>
> Please let me know if any of you can come on mother's day for the  
> dinner.
>
> And thanks again Jeffery!
>
>
>
> On Jan 31, 2009, at 2:59 PM, Susan Allison wrote:
>
>> Thank you! What a treat!
>>
>> Susan Allison
>> random poet
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Jan 30, 2009, at 7:13 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges wrote:
>>
>>> While composing a blog entry this morning --
>>>
>>> http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/2009/01/you-knew-i-was-snake-when-you-took-me.html
>>>
>>> -- on the image of an asp biting Cleopatra that Terrance Lindall  
>>> or Yuko Nii sent my way, I recalled a song by Oscar Brown Jr.  
>>> titled "The Snake" that Al Wilson performed:
>>>
>>> http://kr.youtube.com/watch?v=1EMF8f75ln4&feature=related
>>>
>>> Looking for the lyrics, I found them and another Oscar Brown song,  
>>> "Forbidden Fruit," at the following website:
>>>
>>> http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=92938
>>>
>>> I also noticed a slightly differing version at a related website  
>>> on "Songs from the Garden of Eden":
>>>
>>> http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=104919
>>>
>>> Perhaps these links are interesting for some Milton List readers.
>>>
>>> At any rate, I do have a question. In Brown's "Forbidden Fruit,"  
>>> Adam and Eve have sex after eating the fruit. Was Brown influenced  
>>> by Paradise Lost in composing his song? Or some other source? (Or  
>>> simply inventive?) Here are the lyrics:
>>>
>>> FORBIDDEN FRUIT
>>> Oscar Brown, Jr.
>>>
>>> Eve and Adam had a garden. Everything was jake,
>>> Till one day a voice said, "Pardon, miss, my name is Snake.
>>> You see that apple over yonder; if you'll take a bite,
>>> You and Adam both are bound to have some fun tonight.
>>> Go on and eat forbidden fruit.
>>> It's quite a treat, forbidden fruit.
>>> It's mighty sweet, forbidden fruit.
>>> Go ahead and taste it. You don't wanna waste it."
>>>
>>> The Lord had said in the beginning, "Everything here's free,
>>> Except that apple. It leads to sinning. Leave that apple be."
>>> But Eve got tempted so she tried it, and as chicks can do,
>>> She teased her man till he decided he'd just try some too.
>>> "Go on and eat forbidden fruit.
>>> It's quite a treat, forbidden fruit.
>>> It's mighty sweet, forbidden fruit.
>>> Go ahead and bite it. Bet you'll be delighted."
>>>
>>> I hate to tell you all what followed: the Lord was most upset.
>>> Saw them making love and hollered, "What have you two et?"
>>> And when they made a full confession, the Lord said, "Well, I see.
>>> I'll just have to teach you a lesson about not minding me.
>>> Go on and eat forbidden fruit.
>>> It's quite a treat, forbidden fruit.
>>> It's mighty sweet, forbidden fruit.
>>> You all went and did it. Now you're gonna get it."
>>>
>>> The Lord made Eve be Adam's madam, have his kids and all,
>>> Laid some labor laws on Adam, and he made the snake to crawl.
>>> And ever since the days of Eden, this world's been sinful, my!
>>> Nowadays folks are even eating apples in their pie.
>>> Go on and eat forbidden fruit.
>>> It's quite a treat, forbidden fruit.
>>> It's mighty sweet, forbidden fruit.
>>> Go ahead and taste it. You don't wanna waste it.
>>> Go ahead and bite it. Bet you'll be delighted.
>>> You all went and did it, now you're gonna get it:
>>> Forbidden fruit.
>>>
>>> And to help you sing along to Al Wilson's rendition of Brown's  
>>> "The Snake," here are those lyrics:
>>>
>>> THE SNAKE
>>> Oscar Brown, Jr.
>>>
>>> On the way to work one morning, down the path alongside the lake,
>>> A tenderhearted woman found a poor half-frozen snake.
>>> His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew.
>>> "Poor thing" she cried. "I'll take you in and I'll take care of  
>>> you."
>>>
>>> "Take me in, tender woman.
>>> Take me in, for heaven's sake.
>>> Take me in, tender woman,"
>>> Sighed the snake.
>>>
>>> She wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk,
>>> And laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk.
>>> She hurried home from work that night, and as soon as she arrived,
>>> She found that pretty snake she'd taken in had been revived.
>>>
>>> "Take me in, tender woman.
>>> Take me in, for heaven's sake.
>>> Take me in, tender woman,"
>>> Sighed the snake.
>>>
>>> She clutched him to her bosom. "You're so beautiful," she cried,
>>> "But if I hadn't brought you in, by now you might have died."
>>> Well, she stroked his pretty skin again and kissed him really tight.
>>> Instead of saying thanks, the snake gave her a vicious bite.
>>>
>>> "Take me in, tender woman.
>>> Take me in, for heaven's sake.
>>> Take me in, tender woman,"
>>> Sighed the snake.
>>>
>>> "I saved you!" cried the woman, "and you've bitten me, but why?
>>> You know your bite is poisonous and now I'm gonna die."
>>> "Ha! Shut up, silly woman," said that reptile with a grin.
>>> "You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in."
>>>
>>> "Take me in, tender woman.
>>> Take me in, for heaven's sake.
>>> Take me in, tender woman,"
>>> Sighed the snake.
>>> "Take me in, tender woman,"
>>> Sighed the snake.
>>> "Take me in, tender woman,"
>>> Sighed the snake.
>>>
>>> If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading -- and you can also  
>>> now thank me for all my trouble in posting this stuff.
>>>
>>> Jeffery Hodges
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