Song Lyric Sunday: “The Snake”

This week, Jim has us off in search of songs that use the Zodiac animals, by which he means the Chinese Zodiac. If you’ve ever gone to a Chinese restaurant, you know that their Zodiac is a twelve year cycle that assigns an animal to each of the twelve years: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Dog, Pig. If you were born, say, in 1956, as I was, you’re a Monkey, which seems oddly appropriate.

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Anyway, the song I chose for today is Al Wilson’s “The Snake.” Written by Oscar Brown, Jr., Wilson recorded it in 1968, and it reached #27 on the Hot 100 and #32 on the R&B chart. (It peaked at #17 on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey, so we heard it a little more in Chicago.) From 1968, Al Wilson, “The Snake.”

The lyrics, from MetroLyrics:

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”
“Take me in oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk
And then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk
Now she hurried home from work that night as soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she’d taking in had been revived
“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

Now 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”
Now 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
“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

“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
“Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven’s sake
Take me in oh tender woman,” sighed the snake

And that is Song Lyric Sunday for July 7, 2019.

18 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “The Snake”

  1. As for Monkey….it’s not in the title but I immediately thought of the King Kong song by ABBA…not one of their best but I always had a soft spot for this weird song. I was born in 1964, the year of the dragon, so Puff the magic dragon came into my head.

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  2. This one sounds really familiar. I like it, and the way he hisses those words! 🙂
    Oh, I know what song this reminds me of – ‘Secret Agent Man’ by Johnny Rivers.

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  3. GREAT choice of song, and I’ve never forgotten those lyrics. They are 100% accurate. Yes Al has a very smooth voice. Kind of sounds like Tom Jones.

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    1. You might remember he did the song “Show & Tell” in the ’70’s. That was his big hit. The person I’d compare him to is Chicago’s own Lou Rawls, who didn’t make much of an impact on the Top 40 until “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.”

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