"The Snake" as written by Robert S. Kelly and Darian Morgan....
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


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"The Snake" as written by Darian Morgan Robert S. Kelly

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    General CommentI have a version with Shivaree singing. She sings these lyrics absolutely beautifully. Such smooth voice. Lovely.

    Mostly self explanatory. Betrayal, sad. Kindness is not always repaid. And sometimes you can't expect gratitude.
    tigerindshadowson April 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely one of my favourite Northern Soul tracks. I like the metaphor with the snake too.
    Prisoner.I.Wason August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYep, it's a metaphor. The "snake" is not reptilian, but human -- in a way. It is a song about an abusive or unfaithful partner. This woman with a gentle heart meets a good-looking fellow who's in some sort of bad way. She helps him out, they fall in love, and as soon as the man gets his life in order, he does something to hurt Lady Gentleheart, (abuses her, cheats on her) then justifies it by saying she knew he was the way he was when the relationship started
    CuteSparkinaon June 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA pretty straight retelling of one of Aesop's Fables ,which my daughter has been recently reading - The Farmer and the Snake.
    moochfeldon June 19, 2013   Link
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    General CommentA pretty straight retelling of one of Aesop's fables, which my daughter has been reading recently - the Farmer and the Snake.
    moochfeldon June 19, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis is my karaoke song :P

    Always loved it ha
    Nooneyon May 23, 2010   Link

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