Pinwheel of Death

Al Wilson


SONGS

Writers Oscar Brown Jr.

Genres Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Folk, Children-Novelty

Recorded 1968

Lyrics ON HER WAY TO WORK
ONE MORNING
DOWN THE PATH
'LONG SIDE THE LAKE,
A TENDER HEARTED WOMAN
SAW A POOR
HALF FROZEN SNAKE.
HIS PRETTY COLORED SKIN
HAD BEEN ALL FROSTED
WITH THE DEW,
POOR THING!,
SHE CRIED,
I'LL TAKE YOU IN,
AND I'LL TAKE CARE
OF YOU.

TAKE ME IN,
TENDER WOMAN,
TAKE ME IN
FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE,
TAKE ME IN,
TENDER WOMAN,
CRIED THE SNAKE.

SHE WRAPPED HIM UP
ALL COZY
IN A COMFORTER
OF SILK,
AND SHE LAID HIM
BY HER FIRESIDE
WITH SOME HONEY
AND SOME MILK.
SHE HURRIED HOME
FROM WORK THAT NIGHT
AND SOON AS SHE ARRIVED,
SHE FOUND THAT PRETTY SNAKE
SHE'D TAKEN IN
HAD BEEN REVIVED.

TAKE ME IN,
TENDER WOMAN,
TAKE ME IN
FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE,
TAKE ME IN,
TENDER WOMAN,
CRIED THE SNAKE.

SHE CLUTCHED HIM
TO HER BOSOM,
YOU'RE SO BEAUTIFUL!,
SHE CRIED.
BUT IF
I HADN'T BROUGHT YOU IN
BY NOW
YOU MIGHT HAVE DIED.
SHE STROKED HIS PRETTY SKIN
AGAIN
AND KISSED
AND HELD HIM TIGHT,
INSTEAD OF SAYING
THANKS,
THE SNAKE GAVE HER
A VICIOUS BITE.

TAKE ME IN,
TENDER WOMAN,
TAKE ME IN
FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE,
TAKE ME IN,
TENDER WOMAN,
CRIED THE SNAKE.

I SAVED YOU!,
CRIED THE WOMAN,
AND YOU'VE BITTEN ME,
BUT WHY?
YOU KNOW YOUR BITE
IS POISONOUS,
AND NOW
I'M GOING TO DIE!
AW, SHUT UP,
SILLY WOMAN,
SAID THE REPTILE
WITH A GRIN,
YOU KNEW DAMN WELL
I WAS A SNAKE
BEFORE
YOU TOOK ME IN.

TAKE ME IN,
TENDER WOMAN,
TAKE ME IN
FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE,
TAKE ME IN,
TENDER WOMAN,
CRIED THE SNAKE.
 

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