Peter, Paul And Mary - Lemon Tree Lyrics




When I was just a lad of ten, my father said to me,
"Come here and take a lesson from the lovely lemon tree."
"Don't put your faith in love, my boy", my father said to me,
"I fear you'll find that love is like the lovely lemon tree."

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.

One day beneath the lemon tree, my love and I did lie
A girl so sweet that when she smiled the stars rose in the sky.
We passed that summer lost in love beneath the lemon tree
the music of her laughter hid my father's words from me:

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.

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.
She'd left me for another, it's 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.





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  1. Br Alan Parham

    Can't help being the catechist that I am. ( I teach teens in Sunday School). If we wait for true love , it is so much sweeter. The lemon can deceive us. True sweetness comes when we wait for fruit to ripen.

  2. ERIKA KERANEN

    i love this song and im 11

  3. banff123456

    I love the sweet lemon pickle so common in North India

  4. pawlo ake

    TEMPO BOM AQUELE.

  5. Tiarra Henderson

    Heard this playing at work. Super weird but I've grown to love it

  6. mrrifleman

    mary was the most n babe back then,i was 5 @1960,n loved her n the 3 o

  7. jtange08 granny

    god come back how sweet the sound the voices the music eats at my ears for ever

  8. Andre Goertz

    Das ist das Schöne am Leben. Im 50. Lebensjahr stehend, höre ich dieses wundervolle Lied zum ersten Mal. Ich stelle mir vor, wie ich mit 96 in einem Schaukelstuhl versunken bin und leise dieses Lied singe. Und genau wie jetzt wird mein Herz von Liebe erfüllt sein.

  9. John S

    Loved how Peter came out of one speaker, Paul the other and Mary managed to be in the middle

  10. Jackie Mcmeekin

    These lyrics tell a story of ‘love lost’. Beautiful melody. This trio was iconic. 🥰👍☺️

  11. Kevin McCabe

    My Latin teacher freshman year of high school once told us he puckered, choked and passed out purely by listening to this song. That guy was a legend

  12. Jensen Walsh

    The thing I love about this comment section is that half of the comments here are enjoying the nice folk tune while the other half is just having this big collective Vietnam flashback.

  13. Peter2kx

    Poor Curt Lemon.

  14. Landon Anderson

    my nigga curt fucking died

  15. Christine Narroway

    Dedicated 2 My Man Russell 🍋🍋🍋

  16. Karen Renner

    I have always loved there songs if we western singing there songs around a church campfire as kids we were singing some of there songs standing on the sidewalk carrying signs to bring our guys home from VietNam or using some of there songs at weddings loved these people and there songs

  17. Everything Thrice

    I got a sprite ad before this

  18. P Truong

    Legend!

  19. L. Salisbury

    Who else is here because of Married With Children?

  20. Terri E

    I was just telling my mum about a 70s song to do with lemons. Takes me back.

  21. KaiDG

    i remember my English teacher played this when i was in highschool. she made us interpret the song.

  22. Charlie B.

    It's time to get that book off the shelf again

  23. Elly Winterquist

    It is so nice to hear these good ole folk songs again. To me they are timeless...

  24. pokeGandy

    My mom sang me this

  25. Bill Yost

    I was eight years old back 1970, the first time I heard Peter, Paul and Mary.
    The words of this song still ring true.
    However, as we grow older, so does our wisdom grow with us.

  26. Irish Countryman

    Never heard these guys before. Nice song.

  27. Stanley Thornton

    I got this song stuck in my head today and couldn't get it out...lol

  28. Ezra M

    Seinfeld brought me here

  29. Ryan Oliver

    Seinfeld brought me here

  30. Ryeen

    The paragraph about Curt Lemon was the darkest thing I've read in years

  31. john hay

    lesson for us to learn from.

  32. ron finley

    awesome

  33. Anita Huie

    They were so good. Thank you for posting this.

  34. Vance Jacobs

    RIP Curt Lemon

  35. a7i20ci7y

    I miss you dad.

  36. TheLonelyBard

    RIP Curt

  37. Shubham Bardhan

    https://youtu.be/wE-uyQW7f-8

  38. Bearssuperfan

    The Things They Carried people where u at?

  39. night time television

    I actually like eating lemons🤣

  40. Kevin Campbell

    I recall the song being used by television and radio ads for cleaning products but it hasn't been played in a really long time where I live in CA.

  41. HaloFan

    Dave Jenson brought me here

  42. CISPOS JMN

    Funny my father #Elvis said that Mary from this group died but it’s funny my cousin Christine Couneau is still alive and kicking. @JerryMacDonald of #Chanhassan is this why you had to play #secret #agent man in #Minnesota ?

  43. Farmer Pat. Back to Your Roots

    This is going to be one of the next songs I learn on guitar, beautiful and true

  44. JohnE.M.

    My lemon tree has about 400 lemons. I was thinking..."what was that song....?" That's why I came here.

  45. Jucenildo Coriolano

    Voltei à infância

  46. Paul Hatton

    Never beaten, never equalled even, simply the best

  47. Terry Collins

    These songs were real music,not the off color garbage that tries to pass as music.There're a few good songs today,just not as much.

  48. Magali

    Songs from a time when America was still great, not the government but the artists

  49. John Mcmillan

    michael row the boat ashore

  50. Tathan Bailey

    I love music like this + some Creedence Clearwater Revival.

  51. Lu Dux

    There's murder in those eyes...

  52. Chad Guindon

    Lemons are NOT impossible to eat.

  53. Marion Moore

    Lemon makes a very healthy
    drink for the morning,
    Full of vitamin C to aid
    Keeping colds at bay
    for the winter.
    Lovely old song.
    Thank You
    ❤️🦋🦋🦋😇🌈😇🌈

  54. Richard Whitfill

    thank God we have recordings. Nobody makes music like this anymore. Richard in Dallas.

  55. Dianne Larner

    The times they are a changing!

  56. celonsus

    "When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons, what the hell am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!" - Cave Johnson

  57. Andrew j wheeler jr

    this is just beauuuuutiful too hear love, Love, love, love this timelessly elegantly lovely classic gem of a tune very grooooovvvvvyyyy yeah peace everyone😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉.

  58. J. Bruce Fox

    There is meaning here somehow?

  59. Clarkii Complex

    "The gore was horrible, and stays with me. But what wakes me up twenty years later is Dave Jensen singing 'Lemon Tree' as we threw down the parts."
    -The Things They Carried

  60. Dan & the Dogs Adventures

    pure poetry

  61. Arszczur61ap

    🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

  62. Luiz Claudio Cursino Teixeira

    Who is the author?

  63. Josh Adamek

    Had to look this up from the things they carried

  64. majordendrocopos

    If lemons were impossible to eat they wouldn’t sell many would they?

  65. Charles Kuckel

    Beautiful harmonies on a great song. This is a timeless classic.

  66. praxton stone

    I used to sing this to chicks I dated... It would really piss them off. im single haha

  67. Kin Shiraishi

    I remembered my old memories through this song with singing Karaoke. It means like TIMEMACHINE effect buck to the old time. I recommend all of U try to find real of yourself what you are? at this time. Terima Kashi, and Malamin Salamat & Arigato for the song.

  68. Mandycat1969

    The Trini Lopez version is also good.

  69. Wis Dom

    Married With Children brought me here.

  70. pariwat piyakij

    very good

  71. Ryan Chien

    Wow... Its even in surround sound :O

  72. Si mclardy

    try to just use a bit of lemon on the dish. I swear this culture is obsessed with sex.

  73. Michael Chavez

    My friend literally eats pure lemon rind and I find it hilarious to hear this song.

  74. Sam Gonzalez

    Ironic that you call this a love song. I think you are missing the point?

  75. Pradip Nepal

    I like these kind of Songs.

  76. corunnermom

    Trick or treat

  77. Charles Adams

    These songs will take you a trip down memory lane. 😁

  78. Godfather Antonio

    This is my type of music.

  79. Kev Urbie

    The moral of the story -
    Bitches stink and taste like ass.

  80. Meyer Talks

    A Seinfeld episode brought me here😂

  81. Damon Alexander Lewis

    Seinfeld brought me here

  82. faith weissinger

    I love this song​, it sticks in my head all day

  83. Aldrin Tee

    When I was just a lad of ten, my father said to me
    "Come here and take a lesson from the lovely lemon tree"
    "Don't put your faith in love, my boy" my father said to me
    "I fear you'll find that love is like the lovely lemon tree"

    Chorus: 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

    One day beneath the lemon tree, my love and I did lie
    A girl so sweet that when she smiled, the stars rose in the sky
    We passed that summer lost in love, beneath the lemon tree
    The music of her laughter hid my father's words from me

    Chorus

    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
    She left me for another, it's a common tale but true
    A sadder man, but wiser now, I sing these words to you

    Chorus

  84. Captain Neckbeard

    1:47 That's what happens when you date an Aquarian.

  85. Pilo2018 newcubing

    This song release before Justin bieber born!!

  86. Sérgio Abib

    Mary Travers.

  87. Marija Anđelić

    Very nice song. I love lemons and lemon tree and therefore this song. This song also helps my lemon tree to grow faster. ^^

  88. MissKaren1958

    this is when you could understand the lyrics, not the crap thats played today

  89. Amy Roberts

    my mom has been singing just the chorus to this for years, its nice to finally hear the rest but she is was cuter when she sings it lol

  90. Kenny Chan

    Mary R.I.P.

  91. Kim Phuong Nguyen

    Lyrics
    When I was just a lad of ten, my father said to me
    "Come here and take a lesson from the lovely lemon tree"
    "Don't put your faith in love, my boy" my father said to me
    "I fear you'll find that love is like the lovely lemon tree"

    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

    One day beneath the lemon tree, my love and I did lie
    A girl so sweet that when she smiled, the stars rose in the sky
    We passed that summer lost in love, beneath the lemon tree
    The music of her laughter hid my father's words from me

    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

    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
    She left me for another, it's 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

    Ellen Weiner

    @Thomas Jewell , ♡ Thank you.

    asianpotatoe

    I only realised how powerful these lyrics are.

    Irish Countryman

    @asianpotatoe Please explain them to me.

    asianpotatoe

    @Irish Countryman ok, this is my own interpretation (i think this is everyone's since the lyrics are quite obvious tbh), the lemon tree is characterized as a person who is very beautiful outside but terrible inside. the part "lemon tree, very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat" explains a lot about a song if you just see the lemon tree as a person not just a tree. i personally think the best part is "a sadder man but wiser now, i sing these words to you", like those who knew lot about things are the saddest bc they're being fed with real informations

    Irish Countryman

    @asianpotatoe Thanks Alot. It makes sense.

    Love the lyrics on this song.

  92. Joelynn Ross

    notes of bossa nova

  93. Clemdane

    This seems to be the male counterpart to the song "Silver Dagger" where the mother warns the daughter never to fall in love or marry because they'll all love you and leave you, just like her father. I wonder if there's a whole genre of these beyond these two songs.

  94. NUR MAITSA NUR

    tender voice,sweet songs 👍👍👍👍👍👍

  95. Michael Glickman

    It's beyond me how Trini Lopez's version could've charted higher. I mean, didn't record buyers understand that it was supposed to be a depressing song, not upbeat and cheerful?

  96. DIY Crafts

    kyonki mere bete ke school mai ye song sikha rahe hai toh usse chahiya

  97. DIY Crafts

    iss video ko save kyo nahi kar sakte