The Snake

Album: Searching for the Dolphins (1968)
Charted: 41 27
  • On her way to work one morning
    Down the path along 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," sighed the snake

    She wrapped him up all cozy in a comforter of silk
    And 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 to had been revived
    "Take me in, tender woman
    Take me in, for heaven's sake
    Take me in, tender woman," sighed 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," sighed 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"
    "Oh 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," sighed the snake Writer/s: Oscar Brown Jr.
    Publisher: CARLIN AMERICA INC
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Comments: 1

  • Fred from Laurel, MdThis song is a parable -- a fictional tale that relates, by analogy, a basic truth of life. In this case, it's a warning that there are some entities/creatures/people out there in the presence of which you must never let your guard down. Put another way, there is some evil in the world which no amount of kindness, helpfulness, accommodation, or capitulation will placate. A disturbing message, certainly, but one that needs to be pointed out sometimes.
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