The Riddle Song (Paul Robeson)

“The Riddle Song” Sheet Music (pdf).
“The Riddle Song” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Performer: Paul Robeson.
Lyrics: Traditional.
Tune: Traditional.


I gave my love a cherry that had no stone;
I gave my love a chicken that had no bone;
I told my love a story that had no end;
I gave my love a baby with no cryin’.

How can there be a cherry that has no stone?
How can there be a chicken that has no bone?
How can there be a story that has no end?
How can there be a baby with no cryin’?

A cherry when it’s bloomin’, it has no stone;
A chicken when it’s pippin’, it has no bone;
The story of “I Love You,” it has no end;
A baby when it’s sleepin’ is no cryin’.


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