Do You Love An Apple

The origins of this song seem obscure for me.  A.L. Lloyd collected it from a Mr. Bob Roberts, the captain of a coastal barge along the east coast of England in the 1950s.  Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill of the iconic Irish neo-trad band The Bothy Band made it famous in their first album released in 1975; the song is also known as “Still I Love Him”, and “I’ll Go With Him”.  Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger state that, essentially, the song can be traced in one form or another to the mid-19th century, but I have nothing to offer you here to illustrate this.  Whatever the case, it is indeed in the public domain.

Cliff used to sing this as part of his regular repertoire; only recently has be brought it back.


Do you love an apple? Do you love a pear?
Do you love a laddie with curly brown hair?

Still I love him, I can’t deny him
I’ll be with him wherever he goes

Before I got married I wore a black shawl
But since I got married I wear bugger all

He stood at the corner, a fag in his mouth*
Two hands in his pockets, he whistled me out

He works at the pier for nine bob a week
Come Saturday night, he comes rolling home drunk

Before I got married I’d sport and I’d play
But now, the cradle, it gets in me way

Do you love an apple? Do you love a pear?
Do you love a laddie with curlie brown hair?


*A cigarette.  Cliff sings “A bag and his mount” not because he seeks to remove anything that sounds controversial to offense-seeking ears, but because it is how he remembers it.