I Had a Little Nut Tree – lyrics

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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.”


 

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