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

Susan Allison jbase484 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 31 14:59:05 EST 2009


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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