Joan Baez - The Cherry Tree Carol Lyrics




When Joseph was an old man, an old man was he
He married Virgin Mary, the Queen of Galilee
He married Virgin Mary, the Queen of Galilee

Joseph and Mary walked through an orchard green
There were cherries and berries, as thick as might be seen
There were cherries and berries, as thick as might be seen

Mary said to Joseph, so meek and so mild:
Joseph, gather me some cherries, for I am with child
Joseph, gather me some cherries, for I am with child

Then Joseph flew in anger, in anger flew he
Let the father of the baby gather cherries for thee!
Let the father of the baby gather cherries for thee!

Then up spoke baby Jesus, from in Mary's womb:
Bend down the tallest branches, that my mother might have some
Bend down the tallest branches, that my mother might have some

And bend down the tallest branches, it touched Mary's hand
Cried she: Oh look thou Joseph, I have cherries by command
Oh look thou Joseph, I have cherries by command





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  1. firebase delta

    beautiful

  2. Baby love

    Jose Feliciano sings this song the best

  3. Malcolm Francis Solomon

    When Joseph was an old man, an old man was he
    He married Virgin Mary, the Queen of Galilee
    He married Virgin Mary, the Queen of Galilee
    Joseph and Mary walked through an orchard green
    There were berries and cherries, as thick as might be seen
    There were , berries and cherries as thick as might be seen
    Mary said to Joseph, so meek and so mild:
    Joseph, gather me some cherries, for I am with child
    Joseph, gather me some cherries, for I am with child
    Then Joseph flew in anger, in anger flew he
    Let the father of the baby gather cherries for thee!
    Let the father of the baby gather cherries for thee!
    Then up spoke baby Jesus, from in Mary's womb:
    Bend down the tallest tree, that my mother might have some
    Bend down the tallest tree,that my mother might have some
    And bend down the tallest branches,it touched Mary's hand
    Cried she: Oh look thou Joseph, I have cherries by command
    Oh look thou Joseph, I have cherries by command

  4. Alessio Blugo

    https://youtu.be/L4LmIT6HbIo

  5. Attila-54

    She is a lament, all her songs are the same!

  6. Kervin Orosco

    I just love the gitar in this song, this is actually the best version also😍

    Keith Osmond

    Try Pamela Morgan's version. Blows this away.

  7. folkmusicgirl

    One of my favorite Christmas songs and sung so beautifully from an album she had out in the 1960's.

  8. Dexter Bajade

    First time I've heard this song it was sung by Mary Hopkin

  9. Connie Baten

    Such a tender song...sung so beautifully.

  10. Amravín de Schur

    I had not heard this since the Seventies. Nice to find it again.

  11. Leland Ross

    The Cherry Tree Carol derives (in its infancy portion) from a story in the Infancy Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew (from chapter 20), a 7th-century pseudepigraphical work, but in the original the occasion is a pause during the flight to Egypt after Jesus' birth, rather than during Mary's pregnancy, and the original has a date-palm rather than a cherry tree.

    eottoe2001

    How does Gwyneth Walker fit in all of this?

    Richard Howard

    Actually there is a different history to the carol. http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/post-biblical-period/the-origins-of-the-cherry-tree-carol/?mqsc=E3860904&utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=BHDDaily%20Newsletter&utm_campaign=E6BD05

  12. willworkforwages

    Thank you so much for posting this and for the detailed description. I admire and adore Joan Baez (Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell, too).  This plaintive carol is unusual-- even haunting - and poignant.  It often brings me to tears as does this performance by Joan.

  13. heehawluck1

    the only GAY thing here is your post.

  14. John Martin

    Such a beautiful clear voice

  15. Shazzle Page

    I have two of her albums on vinyl given to me by my father and still love them :)

  16. katie beachler

    Guard that vinyl well! I stumbled on this song on cassette Years ago. love it. Burned in the fire. Merry Christmas & God Bless for sharing this carol.

  17. Ron Meyer

    First heard this song done by the Chad Mitchell Trio back in the mid-60's. Would love to get a copy of it again as mine old LP got lost during 40 yrs. of globetrotting. Anyone??

  18. Mary Ocallaghan

    i love this rendition she has such a pure voice and the theme has always interested me what must a conservative upper class older man have felt to discover his child bride already with child cos carpenters in that society were very esteemed

  19. bloodyiris3

    seriously man this music is so gay...

    James Berry

    Did it get your homo-erotic spider sense going?

  20. Susan Haskell

    Brings back childhood memories when my mom and dad played Joan's Christmas album during the holidays....loved her music then and now. She has the voice of an angel.

  21. NOWYUDUNIT

    I love Joan Baez, but the difinitive version of this song is by Canadian maritime singer Catherine McKinnon.

    She sang with the Singalong Jubillee crowd in the late sixties. They have a Christmas album, yes vinyl ALBUM with her version. I can't upload at the moment, but when I can, you'll agree....SWEET!!!

    Kathryn McMorrow

    Get on it.
    Oh look now, Joan, has top views
    at her command.

  22. normalil normalil

    A beautiful suprise to find this...I have the original on vinyl and it's one of my most treasred possessions. Wonderful.

  23. Saskia Cornell

    beautiful.................

    Saskia

  24. Ronnamok

    Thank you! One of my favorites.

  25. Le Ménestrel

    very beautiful as always!!! thanks so much to share