Ripest Apple, The

DESCRIPTION: "The ripest apple the soonest rotted, The purest love the soonest cold, A young man's words are soon forgotten...." The singer asks that he speak her name kindly, recalls how they loved, says she will be true, and says she will never find his like
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (Brown; probably transcribed 1915)
KEYWORDS: lover betrayal separation nonballad
REFERENCES (3 citations):
BrownII 165, "The Ripest Apple" (1 text)
BrownSchinhanIV 165, "The Ripest Apple" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Roy Palmer, _Ripest Apples_, The Big Apple Association, 1996, p. 12, "Ripest Apples" (1 text, 1 tune, with a chorus probably from "Wheel of Fortune (Dublin City, Spanish Lady)" but this first verse and a final stanza about how love changes)

Roud #6580
cf. "I Will Put My Ship In Order" (floating lyrics)
File: BrII165

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