LEMON TREE - chords and comments

At the bottom you'll find a link to the complete lyrics.

The summer of '67 gave me many good memories. Two of my aunts rented an old, shabby hut for the summer, close to a third aunt's small farm. Water from a narrow creek, toilet in the bushes or a widely scattered shack and a transistor radio I brought with me. This song was popular, and it etched into my brain. I'm not sure; too many years ago; but I believe tha artist was Bobby Bare. It may have been Peter, Paul and Mary or The Seekers: they both had hits with it in the early sixties. But I have a vague memory of a haunted male vocal ...

However, the song is inspired by the traditional brazilian/portugese song "Meu Limão, Meu Limoeiro Silvio", made a hit by Caldas & Gidinho July 1937. American folk singer Will Holt adapted it with english lyrics and a few harmony tricks, and released it in 1960 with his wife Dolly Jonah ... following The Kingston Trio 1961, Peter, Paul and Mary 1962, The Seekers 1964, many others, and in 1965, Trini Lopez had the most successful version, going to the top of the charts in many countries.

Will Holt (1929–2015) was a rare plant in the early Greenwich Village bohemian arena, with his significant apparition: suit and tie, classic nylon string guitar presenting an unique playing style with harmonies folks never had heard before. He later became an interpreter of the music of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, and made several contributions to Broadway. Read more about him from the icon at the bottom.
A          D6     F#m    Dmaj7   D      E7     A
when I was just a lad of ten my father said to me
A             D6     F#     Dmaj7     D      E7    A
come here and take a lesson from the lovely lemon tree
      D         Em       Bm      G      Em7    A7     D
don't put your faith in love my boy my father said to me
D              Em        Bm      G        Em7    A7     D
I fear you'll find that love is like the lovely lemon tree

D B7   A    Asus4  A                   Asus4   E
lemon tree  very pretty and the lemon flower sweet
          Bm               E7        E6    E      A
but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat
A           A6     A                   A6      E
lemon tree  very pretty and the lemon flower sweet
          Bm               E7        E6    E      A
but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat
The song has two different keys, a quint between them, in this case A and D, using both for the verse and moving back to A for the chorus through B7. There are variations. But KISS *), jez do whattah tellyah.
A major
A sixth
A seventh
A suspend four
B minor
B seventh
D major
D sixth
D major seventh
E major
E sixth
E seventh
E minor
E minor seventh
F sharp minor
G major
*)Keep It Simple, Stupid
Will Holt