Ruth says apples have learned to bob,
Ruth says pumpkins have a job.
Here's the man from the Witching Tree
Ask him since you won't ask me.
Do you think Ruth is telling the truth?
"Man from the Tree, your skin is green.
What night's this?" "It's Hallowe'en."
Ruth, Ruth, you told the truth.
The man says apples have learned to bob,
The man says pumpkins do have a job,
The man came down from the Witching Tree
Says he wants someone. No, not me.
Says he wants someone good and true - You!
Mother, Mother, Ruth's gone flying!
Hush, children, stop that crying.
Mother, Mother, she's up the Tree!
Climb up and tell me what you see.
Mother, she's higher than I can climb!
She'll be back by breakfast time.
Mother, what if she's gone for good?
She'll have to make do with witches' food.
Mother, what do witches eat?
Milk, potatoes and You, my sweet.
Arilx PS The witch is on the front of a house near my parents's home. As a child I always wondered if an actual witch lived there. It's a big Victorian house that's been sold many times and I felt strangely bereft when the latest owners took her down. Thankfully I soon discovered it was only whilst the outside of the house was being repainted and she was soon restored to pride of place.