On her way to work one morning
Down the path alongside 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 (yes, come on in)
Take me in, for heaven's sake (yes, come on in)
Take me in, tender woman," sighed the snake

Now she wrapped him up all cozy in a coverture of silk
And laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk
Now she hurried home from work that night, as soon she arrived
Now she found that pretty snake she'd taken in had been revived
"Take me in, oh, tender woman (yes, come on in)
Take me in, for heaven's sake (yes, come on in)
Take me in, 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 again and then kissed and held him tight
But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite (ooh)
"Take me in, oh, tender woman (yes, come on in)
Take me in, for heaven's sake (yes, come on in)
Take me in, tender woman," sighed the snake

"I saved you," cried that woman
"And you've bitten me, even why?
And you know your bite is poisonous and now I'm gonna die"
"Oh, shut up, silly woman," said that reptile with a grin
"Now you knew darn well I was a snake before you brought me in"
"Please take me in, oh, tender woman (yes, come on in)
Take me in, for heaven's sake (yes, come on in)
Take me in, tender woman," sighed the snake
Sighed the snake
Take me in tender woman
(Come on in you pretty snake, come on in)
Snake, snake (yeah, come on in you pretty snake)
Take me in, tender woman (come on in, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Snake (come on in yeah, yeah, yeah)


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The Snake Lyrics as written by Oscar Brown Jr.

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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 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 CommentThis is my karaoke song :P

    Always loved it ha
    Nooneyon May 23, 2010   Link

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