Push Pineapple Shake The Tree


The votes are in.

No ballot ‘harvesting’ detected (so far).

Last week, with a tangy and ripe €25 Golden Discs voucher on offer, I asked you for your favourite song whose lyrics mention a fruit.

You answered in your citric-soaked dozens; the entries providing an orchard-like playlist of unforgettable fruity numbers.

But there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone) by John Prine

Charger Salmons writes:

‘Deep in the Charger man cave with a log fire and a nice peaty single malt on the go I invariably play at least one John Prine song most evenings. An early victim of Covid-19 his passing didn’t get the attention it deserved – just a brilliant songwriter who walked the walk and lived the life. I figured I’d find fruit mentioned somewhere in his output but bizarrely the one song title that did – Bruised Orange – didn’t have it in the lyrics. But then I remembered this track which mentions apples once which I reckon is enough to get him into the competition. This version even has a young Steven Bannon on mandolin…’


Woozy With Cider by James Yorkston

Quoting the song’s lyrics, Otis Blue writes:

“I wonder of our future and where it will lead to. I wonder if you’ll be laying there 10 years 20 years 30 years down the line. I’ll still be staring out at the street confused about love and life. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone ever bought those songs of mine. If anyone heard those words that I never got quite right. I think I can be honest in presuming the world is not exactly going to be leaping out its bed to make me rich using my songs in adverts selling oranges or lemons…”


Tangerine by Buffalo Tom

Ben Madigan writes:

It’s a popular fruit: “She’s a tangerine, made in California”

Nick says: Tangy Thanks all.

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4 thoughts on “Push Pineapple Shake The Tree

  1. Charger Salmons

    Just to clear up any confusion Nick chose a much better musical version of the John Prine song than the original version I posted which also had a long intro from John about the origins of the song.
    But it does also feature a mandolin player who is the bulb off Steve Bannon.
    Remember him ?

    Deserved winner by the way.

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