Saturday, November 6, 2010

don't sit under the apple tree

One of the best parts of this song it the uncharacteristically seductive introduction. Musically at least, since mentioning your whole family doesn't do much for the seduction value. The Andrews Sisters weren't really known for their siren songs, rather their wholesome good fun. They were astoundingly successful for almost a decade and a half with over 100 singles on the charts.

Although their "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" is a charming piece, I have always really liked "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree". It is a bit more interesting perspective on the war at home. It's the antithesis of the classic "Dear John" letter. Sung as if the girls are reading a letter from the soldier, it is an endearing pledge of love, and the simplicity has an innocent appeal.

Written for the 1942 film Private Buckaroo.

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