Lemon Tree (Will Holt song)

Lemon Tree (Will Holt Song)

Lemon Tree (Will Holt song)

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"Lemon Tree" is a folk song written by Will Holt in the 1960s. The tune is based on the Brazilian folk song Meu limão, meu limoeiro, arranged by José Carlos Burle in 1937 and made popular by Brazilian singer Wilson Simonal. The song compares love to a lemon tree: "Lemon tree very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat."

The song has been recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, Chad & Jeremy, The Kingston Trio, The Seekers, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Sandie Shaw, Trini Lopez, and Roger Whittaker. In the 1960s, the tune was used in television advertisements for "Lemon Pledge", an aerosol furniture polish.

The song was referenced in the Seinfeld episode "The Phone Message", and in Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin. It was performed on an episode of F Troop in which the main characters anachronistically form a rock band. It figures prominently in the Eran Riklis film, Lemon Tree . The song was also referenced in Tim O'Brien's book The Things They Carried; when a fellow soldier named Curt Lemon steps on a booby trap and gets blown into a tree, it is the unsavory job of the protagonist and a squad mate to bring the pieces down. The main character is mildly shocked when his squad mate starts softly singing "Lemon Tree".


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