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Billy Murray sings a hit comic song of 1907, A Lemon in the Garden of Love.

A Lemon in the Garden of Love

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 9462
Category Comic song
Title A Lemon in the Garden of Love
Performed by Billy Murray
Circa February 1907
Announcement "A Lemon in the Garden of Love, sung by Billy Murray.   Edison record."

Comic songster, Billy Murray, seeks an answer to his pointed question.

Although this selection was apparently a big seller for Edison, still I suspect it was not always welcomed in many households!

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    No. 9462, "A Lemon in the Garden of Love," by Billy Murray, is the principal song hit in Richard Carle's "The Spring Chicken," which ranks among the best successes of the New York theatres this season.   Daly's Theatre is crowded to the doors at every performance.   This feature song is the plaint of a married man anxious to know why he picked a lemon in his matrimonial venture into the garden of love where only peaches were supposed to grow.   In the chorus he sings:
    Will some one kindly tell me,
      Will some one answer why,
    To me it is a riddle
      And it will be till I die;
    A million peaches 'round me
      Yet I would like to know
    Why I picked a lemon in the garden of love
      Where only peaches grow.
Richard Carle wrote the music and M. E. Rourke the words to this song.   Mr. Murray sings with orchestra accompaniment.
— December 1906 Edison Phonograph Monthly [announcing the February 1907 records]

Interested in hearing other cylinders featuring Billy Murray?

Key Title Category Performed by Circa
08/2008 Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine Duet Ada Jones & Billy Murray 1908
04/1997 I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark Tenor solo Billy Murray 1908
04/1997 I Used to Be Afraid to Go Home in the Dark Tenor solo Billy Murray 1909
09/2010 Under the Anheuser Bush Waltz song Billy Murray 1904
03/2001 Waiting for a Certain Girl Song and chorus Billy Murray 1907


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