Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience

Natalie Merchant


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Charles Causley, Tony Callen
album: Track 1 in album Leave Your Sleep
release date: 2010-4-9
popularity : 5 users have visited this page.
genres: Reggae Folk, World, & Country
styles: Celtic/Bluegrass/Romani/Folk
length: 5:12

Album Information

label: Nonesuch
country(area): [Worldwide]
format: Digital Media
script: Latin

Cover Art

Natalie Merchant Leave Your Sleep cover art


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I had a silver penny
And I said to the sailor

Will you bring me
And my apricot tree
'A fez from Algeria
A little gilt sword

As strong as death
And I felt his sweet breath
You may keep your penny
And I'll bring your presents

On the rim of the sky
Long summers went by
Then one steel morning
I saw a grey ship

Across the bay
Was shot away
All round her wake
And flew in and out

In the path of the sun
Of a distant gun
And a stranger came running
From the deck of the ship

Who would wait on the quay
And the apricot tree?
I've a plum-coloured fez
And a sword and a parakeet

With bold red hair?
On the bright air?
O where are the other
And why have you brought me


Track Listing

Digital Media 1
  • 1 Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience
  • 2 Equestrienne
  • 3 Calico Pie
  • 4 Bleezer's Ice-Cream
  • 5 It Makes a Change
  • 6 The King of China's Daughter
  • 7 The Dancing Bear
  • 8 The Man in the Wilderness
  • 9 Maggie and Milly and Molly and May
  • 10 If No One Ever Marries Me
  • 11 The Sleepy Giant
  • 12 The Peppery Man
  • 13 The Blind Men and the Elephant
  • 14 Adventures of Isabel
  • 15 The Walloping Window Blind
  • 16 Topsyturvey-World
  • 17 The Janitor's Boy
  • 18 Griselda
  • 19 The Land of Nod
  • 20 Vain and Careless
  • 21 Crying, My Little One
  • 22 Sweet and a Lullaby
  • 23 I Saw a Ship A-Sailing
  • 24 Autumn Lullaby
  • 25 Spring and Fall: To a Young Child
  • 26 Indian Names
  • 27 Old Mother Hubbard