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Bob the Postman Origins: Wheat in the ear - Weevily Wheat? (18) RE: Origins: Wheat in the ear - Weevily Wheat? 15 Jan 17


I too dare say that Kipling made up the "wheat in the ear" verse himself, but I think it's about adolescence, not pregnancy. The sailor takes leave of a pretty girl and returns to find a beautiful woman.

Here are the words to "Wheat In The Ear" as sung by Gordon Bok on the National Geographic LP alluded to above. The tune has two parts, the indented verses taking the B part.

Take her by the lily white hand
Lead her like a pigeon
Make her dance to Weevily Wheat
And scatter her religion

    Wheat in the ear, my true love's posy blowing
    Wheat in the ear, I'm going back to sea
    Wheat in the ear, I left you fit for sowing
    When I come back what a loaf of bread you'll be

I don't want you weevily wheat
I don't want your barley
I want some flour and half an hour
To bake a cake for Charlie

Trading boats are going ashore
Trading boats are landing
Trading boats are going ashore
All loaded down with brandy

    Weevily wheat, my true love's posy blowing
    Weevily wheat, I'm going back to sea
    Weevily wheat, I left you fit for sowing
    When I come back what a loaf of bread you'll be

Take her by the lily white hand
Lead her like a pigeon
Make her dance to Weevily Wheat
And scatter her religion

Here is a link to the Bok song "Wheat In The Ear": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d88EdItUdas

Here is a link to Austin Rogers playing and singing "Weevily Wheat" to the same tune that Bok uses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp6iB6d7wRg


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