Apple Suckling Tree

Words and music Bob Dylan
Released on The Basement Tapes (1967/1975)
Tabbed and transcribed by Eyolf Østrem

It's hard to tell what he's singing here. Take it for what it is.


Take #1

D
Old man sailin' in a dinghy boat Down there
                                  A
Old man down is baitin' a hook On there
      D
Gonna pull man down on a suckling hook
      G                                     D      A     D
Gonna pull man into the suckling brook*) Oh yeah!
Now, he's underneath that apple  suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
That's underneath that tree
There's just gonna be you and me
Underneath that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
I push him back and I stand in line, Oh yeah!
Then I push my lady and stand in line, Oh yeah!
Then I push my lady and stand in line
I get on board like a two-eyed time, Oh yeah!
Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Underneath that tree
There's just gonna be you and me
Underneath that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Now, who should I tell and who's to tell me? Oh yeah!
Who's on the table, who's to tell me? Oh yeah!
Who should I tell, oh, who should I tell?
The forty-nine in your burning hell
Oh underneath that old apple suckling tree
Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Underneath that tree
There's just gonna be you and me
Underneath that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!

*) Official lyrics. Dylan seems to sing something like: “there's other place he ought to pay [...] brook, oh yeah”


Take #2

Chords as above

Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Underneath that tree
There's just gonna be you and me
Underneath that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Old man down like a county hook, my man
Old man down like a county hook, my man
pull man down a county hook
[...] take a look
Pull him down in a county hook, my man.
Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
underneath that tree
There's just gonna be you and me
Underneath that apple suckling tree
Now I wish to my soul I had seven years, Oh yeah!
Now I wish to my soul I had seven years, Oh yeah!
If I thought'em [/had'em] you [...] ground
I'd catch your name but he has a hound
[...]
Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Underneath that tree
There's just gonna be you and me
Underneath that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Under that apple suckling tree, Oh yeah!
Underneath that tree
There's just gonna be you and me
Underneath that apple suckling tree Oh yeah!