Over your shoulder, please don't mind me
if my eyes have fallen onto your magazine
Oh I've been watching and wondering
why your face is changing with every line you read.

For all those lines and circles, to me, a mystery.
Eve pull down the apple and give a taste to me.
If she would it would be wonderful, but my pride is in the way.
I cannot read to save my life, I'm so ashamed to say.

I live in silence, afraid to speak
of my life in darkness because I cannot read.

For all those lines and circles, to me, a mystery.
Eve pull down the apple and give taste to me.
If she could it would be wonderful.
Then I wouldn't need someone else's eyes to see what's in front of me.
No one guiding me.

It makes me humble to be so green
at what every kid can do when he learns A to Z,

but all those lines and circles just frighten me
and I fear that I'll be trampled if you don't reach for me.
Before I run I'll have to take a fall.
And when I pick myself up, so slowly I'll devour every one of those books in the Tower of Knowledge.


Lyrics submitted by kornchick, edited by chesthing

Cherry Tree song meanings
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    General CommentIt's about an illiterate person who wants to learn to read. The person is scared to do it and so embarrassed that they are holding themselves back, but if they can muster up the courage to learn, they will never take that ability for granted.
    jlbrpton June 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThere's a live version of this song that I think is on a website somewhere, where Natalie Merchant sings, "Eve pull down the apple that grows on the cherry tree". LOL.
    Reynard Muldrakeon December 05, 2005   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionIt should be

    For all those lines and circles, to me, a mystery.
    Eve pull down the apple and give taste to me.
    If she could, it would be wonderful, but my pride is in the way.
    I cannot read to save my life, I'm so ashamed to say.
    clementsmon August 18, 2011   Link

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