Sway, be lulled by the sweet corn
Stay huddled in a snowstorm
The reason the sun reached down like a snow pea
Reaches right up with a hand that's heavenly

(Shake it, shake my sugaree)
Bless every little whistle (Come to California, sing with me)
Love, song and a fistful (Stewing the skin of the tall oak tree)
Antony sings for the soul of a lover (Come break bread in the east with me)
You are my sister, you are my brother (Shake it, shake my sugaree)

Joy, our only birthright
Joy, our only birthright (Shake it, shake my sugaree)
Clouds (Come to California, drink some tea)
Clouds, finally arriving (Stewing the skin of the tall oak tree)
Don't you love to watch them slowly rising? (Come break bread in the north country)
Don't you love to watch them climb the horizon? (Shake it, shake my sugaree)

Oooh, run to the riverbed (Come to California, sing with me)
Oooh, run to the riverbed (Stewing the skin of the tall oak tree)
Oooh, come and rest your head (Come break bread in the east with me)
Oooh, run to the riverbed (Come break bread in the south country)

(Stewing the skin of the tall oak tree)
With me (Stewing the skin of the...)
With me (Shake it, shake my...)
With me (Shake it, shake my...)
With me


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Stewed Bark of an Old Oak Tree song meanings
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    General CommentThis song is my favorite off of the bonus tracks on the Japanese version of Cripple Crow, and this is my best attempt at transcribing the lyrics. Some of the words, particularly in the first four lines, might be slightly off. I don't know who the other singer is, but I placed his lyrics in parentheses. Does anyone know who he is?

    A few notes:
    "Shake my sugaree" is a reference to Elizabeth Cotten's song Shake Sugaree. Devendra has covered that song live, and you can find a video of it on YouTube.

    Tea made from oak bark has various medicinal properties and has been used for centuries for a number of different ailments.

    "Antony" is almost certainly Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons. Devendra is a fan of theirs and sang backup vocals on their song Fistful of Love. The "you are my sister, you are my brother" line probably refers to Antony's transgenderism.
    Periodixon May 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMy mistake - Devendra did backup vocals on Spiralling. Fistful of Love featured Lou Reed.
    Periodixon June 03, 2010   Link

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