“Watermelon on the Vine”

Author: unknown (credited to Johnny Marvin on the Whitter recording)
Earliest date: 1920 (Brown)
Keywords: food theft floatingverses
Found in: US(SE)


"You may talk about your apples, your peaches, and your pears... But... The watermelon am de fruit for me." "But gimme, oh, gimme me... That watermelon hanging on the vine." The singer begs for, or makes other plans to acquire, the watermelon

Supplemental text

Watermelon on the Vine
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From Bob Black, Come Hither to Go Yonder, Playing Bluegrass with
Bill Monroe, p. 40. The lyrics cited are of course from Monroe.

See that watermelon smilin' through the fence?
How I wish that melon was mine.
White folks they am foolish or they haven't got a lot of sense
Or they wouldn't leave that melon on the vine.

(2 additional stanzas plus a final chorus)


Bob Black, who played with the Blue Grass Boys for a couple of years, describes this as Bill Monroe's "theme song" (_Come Hither to Go Younder_, p. 40), but obviously it preceded him. - RBW

Cross references



  1. BrownIII 454, "Oh, Dat Watermilion" (2 fragments, possibly other songs mixed with this, but too short to bother classifying separately); 468, "Watermelon Hanging on the Vine" (1 text)
  2. ST Br3454 (Partial)
  3. Roud #11795
  4. BI, Br3454