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The Snake

Here’s a cautionary tale for single women everywhere. Oscar Brown Jr. was a songwriting genius. Here he distills the sometimes tragic consequences of dating good-looking but disingenuous men.

Read it again, even if you heard and loved it back in the seventies.  Al Wilson’s amusing, spirited rendition was the most popular recording, and here it is

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.
“Oh well,” she cried, “I’ll take you in, and I’ll take care of you.”

She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk
Then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk.
She hurried home from work that night; as soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taken in had been revived.

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 and then she kissed and held him tight.
But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite.

“I saved you,” cried that woman,
“And you’ve bit me even, 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.


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  1. July 25, 2014 @ 1:58 pm Alicia


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