Originally appeared on Safe As Milk

Go back ten years ago, sunbeams dancin’ round
Go back ten yeas ago, sunbeams dancin’ down
Autumn’s child Autumn’s child

Autumn’s child got a loophole ’round her finger,
Halo rings her head,
Corn husk hair makes me linger
Her carriage fair meets my dare,
A marraige share greets my stare
Gonna be m’ wife, she sang, she said
Gonna be m’ wife, gonna spice my life, she said

Go back ten years ago, sunbeams everywhere
Go back ten years ago, sunbeams fill the air

Harvest moon be nimble
Apple dunking tremble
Fish pond streaks of kind
Found the child I had t’ find
Apple shine share t’gether
Got the time t’ make her mine
Fish pond streaks of kind
Found the child I had t’ find

Autumn’s child, I met her at a balloon bus picnic
She carved me with her beauty quick
Her jade-green eyes, buttons n’ bows n’ fancy ties
Her feet of dust under trees of rust
Made them sandals gambol under knees of trust

Gonna be m’ wife, gonna spice my life she sang, she said
Gonna be m’ wife, gonna spice my life, she said

Go back ten years ago, sunbeams shinin’ down
Go back ten years ago, sunbeams glancin’ round….
Autumn’s child……………

(1967)

Transcribed by Vaughan Green. Amendments made from Herb Bermann’s original lyric sheet

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