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~Being Politically Correct & The Sweet Apple Ballad~

The little Apple Girl

The little Apple Girl

An Apple looks like this.

An Apple looks like this.

Apples do not grow here, but we gotta keep the budget! under control.

Apples do not grow here, but we gotta keep the budget! under control.

OK KIds! Put down dem apples!

OK KIds! Put down dem apples!

The Sweet Apple Ballad

The Sweet Apple Ballad is unlike anything I had ever written. I went through a period for two years where I wrote a song everyday. One morning I awoke and sat down and penned almost all of this. However there was no ending to it and not much point to the story. About a year later, I wrote the final two verses that brings it all together. I remember a poem that was read on “The Smothers Brothers Show” and that may have been the inspiration for this although it was not about apples. I think this one has a rhyme and rhythm close to what I heard on their program.

You will see the “Seeds from Heaven” art on several of the music videos including this one. This stems from my budget control program which I proudly have named, “El Cheapo productions.”

When anyone asks,”How are you doing?” I usually answer that I’m doing my best to stay out of trouble. For a creative person this is not an easy task. My first music video of “Politick’n included a lot of posters with Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe starring in Robin Hood movies. When the cheap video movie editor crashed and destroyed the production, I figured it was God speaking to me that I may be infringing upon their creator rights! Yep, God saved me alright. Having the local sheriff knocking on my door with a warrant is not my idea of keeping out of trouble. I did keep one old antique French poster in the mix and dropped the rest of it. Hopefully I will not hear a Frenchman banging on my door yelling “I know you are in there! Come out with your hands up!”

I imagine the movie studios would have welcomed the free advertising however GOD HAD SPOKEN and that was the beginning and the end of it. I work hard to stay free of copyrighted material.

My Big Jim character in “Seeds from Heaven” was based upon a student who loved Kenny Rogers and in my first draft I used Kenny Rogers in the story. I did not want to go though the trouble of obtaining permission to use his name in my story and eventually changed it to Cheney Carson.

On a final note, the line, “Number One wasn’t sweet to the core,” in this song was originally written as “Number One was ROTTEN to the core.” In fact, that line was the original concept that inspired the lyrics. It took me a decade to decide that “rotten” was too severe on the little fella! Hey—he was a bad apple and maybe deserved to be called, “rotten to the core,” but heck if I was gonna do it! In this day and age you must be politically correct. Otherwise you’ll end up with kids with picket signs tossing putrid apples at your front door with the sheriff standing behind them protecting their rights.

Bear in mind this tune was written over two decades ago. It seems as fresh as ever ( except for the rotten apple part). Some would say that it is timeless. Will it have relevance a hundred years from now?

Big Jim wishes to field this important question. “Probably.”

“Will anyone care?”

“Probably not.” He licked on a radish.

“Yeah—how come?”

“The world will be bankrupt and everyone will be living in tents.” He pulled out his badge. “And everyone will be under arrest!”

Reynold Jay warbles the tune!

Video with trees but no music!

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The Sweet Apple Ballad

Many years ago there grew an apple tree.

It stood proud and tall for all eyes to see.

Alone in the meadow it stood so straight and grand.

Folks would come to pick its fruit the best in the land.

Juicy red apples grew sweet to the core

If you ever had one, you had to have more

Years went by more trees began to grow

Around that great tree, row after row.

One stormy night in the rain and the wind

The great mother tree came to her end

The lightning thundered with a terrible sound

She stood tall and proud holding her ground.

The wind blew her branches to the left and to the right

And the mother tree put up man honorable fight.

But age was against her in that cold windy blast.

She held herself tall and proud to the last.

When morning came and all was a tither

For who among them would act as the mother?

The strongest among them was chosen to reign.

Now on this point I wish to explain

This process happened time and again.

Many years passed in the orchard of trees

And all seemed content as nice as could be.

The orchard spread far across the land,

Much farther than anyone had planned.

Millions of apples tanned in the sun

Under the bough of tree number one!

A tradition that was so carefully passed

Not knowing or caring how long it would last.

The first trees were gone without a trace

And new saplings stood in their place

Happy they stood in the earth and the sun

Content to be a part of tree number one.

Across the land came a terrible blight!

Apple began falling to the left and to the right

All the little apples turned to number one

But he was too busy tanning in the sun.

All the apples did not know what to do.

Number one was tanning, wouldn’t help them through.

His apples were lost to power and greed

Given to him through tradition and seed.

So on the hill they suffered and stood

Through the terrible blight; each did what he could

The blight finally passed, but it wasn’t like before

Knowing number one wasn’t sweet to the core.

Gone were the days when mother did what she could

And the air was fresh and the water was good.

Gone were the days growing ripe in the sun

When days were spent living with number one.

Now you look and as far as you see

Beautiful apples grow from each tree.

But in the air you sense something more

Something rotten you can’t ignore.

For the love was gone that mother would share.

There were too many apples for number one to care

Gone were the days, those days of lore

Millions of apples were sweet no more.

The song appears in these heartfelt books. Big Jim and Tiny are here. $2.95 eBook, $12.95 Regular print. Large print $24.95

© 2011 Reynold Jay


Reynold Jay (author) from Saginaw, Michigan on September 14, 2011:

Funny? I was trying to be serious and stay out of trouble and now I'm being laughed at now? I'm gonna set Big Jim loose on you with a bag of apples!

LADYGIRL on September 14, 2011:

You are so funny, write more of these humorous articles. Very good Hub...

Reynold Jay (author) from Saginaw, Michigan on August 17, 2011:

Thanks for checking this out. I'll check on that link! RJ

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 17, 2011:

wow I enjoyed this piece, but I clicked that url you wanted me to click and it says it doesn't exist oh voted up and awesome for this piece

mkrandhawa from India on August 17, 2011:

Very nice Thanks for sharing it with us..

Humorous ...

Voted Up

Reynold Jay (author) from Saginaw, Michigan on August 05, 2011:

I had an apple tree in the back yard when I was a youngster. Sweet!

ktarcus from northumberland on August 05, 2011:

very apt as I am just today harvesting my own crop to make pies with.

Reynold Jay (author) from Saginaw, Michigan on July 30, 2011:

Give it ten years or so ( like me) and then we can drop it back to "rotten." Maybe correctness won't matter much then.

FloraBreenRobison on July 30, 2011:

Oh, I don't know. I might have kept in the word "rotten."

Reynold Jay (author) from Saginaw, Michigan on July 25, 2011:

Hi Sharon and thank you for giving it a listen. I stopped by on one of your music HUBS. Your photo reminds me of many of my teaching associates that I worked with for so many years.

SwiftlyClean from Texas on July 25, 2011:

Very Nice RJ...

Thanks for sharing.


Sharon Smith

Reynold Jay (author) from Saginaw, Michigan on July 24, 2011:

I watch B-Westerns on a daily basis. IT helps me with my writing in that the scripts are broken down into raw basics. Smothers Brothers were great. I loved their sillyness and singing act.

TKs view from The Middle Path on July 24, 2011:

Nice job Reynold. You know the melody did take me back to watching the Smothers Brothers on the old black and white tv. Come to think of it, I'd probably watch those old re-runs instead of most of what's on these days.

Reynold Jay (author) from Saginaw, Michigan on June 28, 2011:

And the apples were all from Cape Coral too! Thank you for stopping by.

nicoleflynn01 on June 28, 2011:

I love your post :) Thanks for this.

Reynold Jay (author) from Saginaw, Michigan on June 28, 2011:

Yes it does. I imagine eating an apple rather than the alternative (candy) would make a person healthier IT rhymes and that is what counts the most.

Annie from NewYork on June 28, 2011:

great post, an apple a day .. does it really keep the Doctors away?

Reynold Jay (author) from Saginaw, Michigan on June 27, 2011:

I wrote to the head cheese early on and asked them about the idea that I wanted to run links etc. and they wrote back that they were happy with it. Up to that point ( about 3 weeks a Hubber) I had nothing to promote, but merely wondered about it. Now my HUBS are self-promotional for the most part, but I do see my ratings go up and down like a yo-yo ( 19-80) and know this must be what they don't like. Hey I wrote 7 books and I need to talk to my readers. And Hubbers treat me like a writer celebrity and i am mentoring a ton of writers as a result. I'm a teacher by profession and always love to pass on whatever I can. I know that I could begin writing recipes and take photos of the flowers in my back yard , I would see my score skyrocket, but that is never going to happen. Hubs are supposed to be for writers and I imagine that I will emerge as a major writer who started at HUB. I will suggest that you go back to plugging your novels, but show restraint with links. My tactic is to write HUBS that are linked to my own hubs and then only one or two hubs provide that evil link. I do link to my own web site and then from there to Amazon where a purchase can be made. I sell at my own site too and the HUB police probably don't care about that.

Bottom line is that Hubbers don't purchase books at all and all of this effort has nil effect on sales! Write me direct and I'll tell you what I am doing to try and sell a few books. HUB don't help much!

Alice DeWonder from 3rd planet from Sun on June 27, 2011:

Odd. Whenever I plugged my novels, the hub police made me tear down my efforts.

What's your secret? Perhaps it's best that you don't disclose.

Peace Baby

Reynold Jay (author) from Saginaw, Michigan on June 27, 2011:

Good morning Dahoglund! Thanks for the commnet and the funny side seems to come out when I write freely. Now--off to your HUBS and see what you are up to today!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on June 27, 2011:

I like your sense of humor.

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