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 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 past that summer lost in love beneath the lemon tree
the music of her laughter hid my fathers words from me

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

                                                  will holt • trad