Little is known about this is an English-language nursery rhyme, except that its first recording took place in 1797, in Newest Christmas Box.
It was parodied by the famous British novelist and poet Roald Dahl in his poetry book Rhyme Stew (1989), which, unlike many of his children books, was an adult collection of parodies of nursery rhymes, which contained slight sexual references.
“I Had a Little Nut Tree” lyrics
1. I had a little nut tree,
Nothing would it bear
But a silver nutmeg
And a golden pear;
2. The King of Spain’s daughter
Came to visit me,
And all for the sake
Of my little nut tree.
3. Her dress was made of crimson,
Jet black was her hair,
She asked me for my nutmeg
And my golden pear.
4. I said, “So fair a princess
Never did I see,
I’ll give you all the fruit
From my little nut tree.”
Singing Bell is a comprehensive collection of Christmas Carols and Children's songs.
It was created to provide teaching material to anyone giving music lessons to children or adults, that is music teachers and parents. It was also conceived for anyone who would like to live the Christmas spirit or the spirit of childhood.
Singing Bell offers free nursery rhymes and other free songs for children from all over the globe, as well as nursery rhyme lyrics. Popular songs like "London Bridge is falling down", "Old MacDonald had a farm", "Rain, rain, go away", "Itsy-Bitsy spider" and, of course, "The Wheels on the bus". Great hits also include "La Cucaracha" (with original English lyrics for children), "Auld Lang Syne" and "Mexican Hat Dance" (also with original English lyrics for kids).
Its Christmas music section includes popular carols from Europe, like Britain's "We wish you a Merry Christmas" and "Deck the halls", "Petit Papa Noel" from France, Italy's "Tu scendi dalle stelle" and Spanish carols like "Fum Fum Fum" and "Los peces en el rio".
It also makes a collection of carols from North America ("Jingle Bells", "Santa Claus is coming to town"), but also popular South American carols like "Huachi Torito". Even more, it includes famous Christmas songs like "Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer", "White Christmas", and many others.
The musical piece presented above is titled "I Had a Little Nut Tree – lyrics" and is one of Singing Bell's Lyrics.
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