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THE CHESTNUT TREE (Hamilton Kennedy, Tommie Connor, Jimmy Kennedy) Jack Hylton & His Orchetra V. Sam Browne Recorded 2nd December 1938 Also recorded by: Glenn Miller Orchestra, V. Marion Hutton Lawrence Welk Orchestra Ambrose Orchestra Joe Loss Orchestra Oscar Rabin, V. Al Bowlly……….. ……..and many others. She was a blacksmith’s daughter I was the village swain We never did our courting Down any old country lane But, underneath the spreading chestnut tree I loved her and she loved me There she used to sit upon my knee ‘Neath the spreading chestnut tree There beneath the boughs we used to meet All her kisses were so sweet All the little birds went tweet, tweet, tweet ‘Neath the spreading chestnut tree I said I love you, And there ain’t no ifs or buts She said I love you And the blacksmith shouted “Chestnuts” Underneath the spreading chestnut tree There she said she’d marry me Now you ought to see our family ‘Neath the spreading chestnut tree. (Musical Break) Under the spreading chestnut (knock) Famous men made history What did Gladstone sing in ninety-three ‘Neath the spreading chest (knock knock) There beneath the boughs make no mistake Good Queen Bess play darts with Drake Watching Alfred burn the birthday cakes ‘Neath the spreading (knock, knock, knock) That tree was planted When the natives lived in huts They were enchanted When they found the fruit was chestnuts Under the spread (knock, knock, knock, knock) They devoured those nuts with glee Hence the invention of bicarbonate of soda 'Neath(knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock) (Transcribed from John Wright’s 78 RPM Record Collection by Bill Huntley - December 2013)


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