In history an apple tree
In the Garden of Eden stood.
And Adam and Eve did both believe
Its fruit was not much good.
Then along came a serpent--mighty slick
And told 'em an apple they should pick,
And eat it quick, and they did the trick,
And the apple made 'em sick!
And so you see--in history
An apple's the cause of the fall
To eat it was surely considered unlawful,
But Eve took a bite--Adam a jawful!
The pain it gave 'em
Was just something awful!
An apple's the Cause of it all!
An apple makes more tummy aches
Than rarebits, lobsters, cheese:
The doctor comes, looks wise, haw-hums,
And tries your pain to ease.
But the apple laughs at the Doctor's pill
And the sexton digs in the graveyard still,
If the wicked apple has its will
It always fights to kill!
And so I eat 'em sour or sweet
And wish I could eat 'em all
It's a matter of tastes
And the more diabolic
Your agony is why the more it will frolic.
And if you expire
In a fit of the colic
An apple's the cause of it all!
This song was sung by the Shaggy Man and a chorus of Rose Maidens
early in the first act of Baum's 1913 Oz musical. Although this number is wonderfully addictive,
it was later replaced by a song called "The Shaggy Man" which is not known to survive.
the Cause of It All
From the 1913 Musical Comedy
The Tik-Tok Man of Oz
Words by L. Frank Baum
Music by Louis F. Gottschalk
You can download or play a MIDI
of this delightfully catchy number; or you can
download the sheet music in PDF format which will allow you to save it on disc or print copies for yourself.
Orchestration Copyright © 2001, James Patrick Doyle.
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