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General Information

Maypole song: This is an old song (Cinefantastique). There are variations on this such as The Rambling Bog/Rattlin’ Bog. In the movie it is sung by girls, not boys, despite our seeing boys on the screen. At the end we see the girls banging out the (copulatory) rhythm.

Titled just Maypole in the song book.

Lyrics

Intro

In the woods there grew a tree and a fine fine tree was he

V1

and on that tree there was a limb, and on that limb there was a branch, and on that branch there was a nest, and in that nest there was an egg, and in that egg there was a bird, and from that bird a feather came, and of that feather was a bed.

V2

and on that bed there was a girl, and on that girl there was a man, and from that man there was a seed, and from that seed there was a boy, and from that boy there was a man, and for that man there was a grave, and from that grave there grew a tree.

C

In the Summerisle, Summerisle, Summerisle, Summerisle wood

V2

and on that bed there was a girl, Summerisle and on that girl there was a man, Summerisle and from that man there was a seed, Summerisle and from that seed there was a boy, Summerisle and from that boy there was a man, Summerisle and for that man there was a grave, Summerisle and from that grave there grew a tree

C

In the Summerisle, Summerisle, Summerisle, Summerisle wood

V1

and on that tree there was a limb, Summerisle and on that limb there was a branch, Summerisle and on that branch there was a nest, Summerisle and in that nest there was an egg, Summerisle and in that egg there was a bird, Summerisle and from that bird a feather came and of that feather was a bed

C

In the Summerisle, Summerisle, Summerisle, Summerisle wood

V2

and on that bed there was a girl and on that girl there was a man and on that man there was a seed and on that seed there was a boy and from that boy there was a man and for that man there was a grave  and from that grave there grew a tree

Versions

Director's Cut, Theatrical version, Final Cut

~2:24, Intro, V1, V2, C, V2, C, V1, C, V2

Silva Screen

2:46, Intro, V1, V2, V1, C, V2, C, V1, C, V2

Trunk

2:18, Intro, V1, V2, C, V2, C, V2, C, V2 (fade)