The Riddle Song | Lyrics

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The Riddle Song is an Appalachian folk song.

Lyrics for 'The Riddle Song'

I gave my love a cherry
That had no stone.
I gave my love a chicken
That had no bone.
I told my love a story
That had no end.
I gave my love a baby
With no crying.

How can there be a cherry
That has no stone?
And how can there be a chicken
That has no bone?
And how can there be a story
That has no end?
And how can there be a baby
With no crying?

A cherry when it's blooming
It has no stone.
A chicken when in the shell
It has no bone.
The story of how I love you
It has no end.
A baby when it's sleeping
It's not crying.

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