Children's Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
JOHNNY APPLESEED (1774-1845), whose real name was John Chapman, planted apple orchards throughout Ohio and Indiana with seeds he carried from the cider mills of Pennsylvania. He often gave his seedlings to settlers and is credited with many extraordinary acts of kindness to people and animals. The Indians let him wander without harm wherever he wished, believing him dear to The Great Spirit. Without a gun and with scarcely any possessions, he lived a simple life in harmony with nature.
A stone was erected at his probable gravesite in 1916: “He lived for others.”
Look who’s coming! It’s Johnny Appleseed!
With a sack on his back, he’s a friend to all, indeed.
Everyone knows a smile is guaranteed.He’s Johnny Appleseed.
From Massachusetts, he’s heading west
Through Pennsylvania to the edge of the frontier.
All those who meet him say he’s the best
At growing apple trees
And making friends with ease.
A gentle spirit, so kind and fair,
He follows nature’s way and lives an honest life.
We see his apples grow everywhere.
And they remind us of the man who planted love.
Some folks say that he is nutty.
I hear tell he would not hurt a fly.
He’ll lend a hand to anybody.
And when he greets you, he says, “Hi! How you doing?”
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