If You Love Me

If you love me, if you love, love, love me,
Plant a rose for me.
And if you love me for a long, long time,
Plant an apple tree.
And whether I comes, or whether I goes,
You'll have an apple, and I'll have a rose,
So, if you love me, if you love, love, love me,
Plant a rose for me.

(Note from Moses -

The rose has become a symbol of the putups we give each other in camp partially because of this song. At the end of the week, counselors and staff are each given a fabric stick-on rose to symbolize the week of camp.

At the memorial service for Feet, a staff member who died after a long battle with complications due to many years of diabetes, each person who knew him through Outdoor School brought a long stemmed red rose and a penny (See the Magic Penny song.) to the service. The roses and pennies were placed at the front of the church during the service. The same thing has since been done for a number of people who have served as staff for TCODS.

I have a feeling that as staff, former staff, and others associated with Outdoor School age and eventually die, the taking of a long stemmed rose and a penny to the memorial service will become a tradition.)

[AAUGH! I just discovered on 10/13/12 that the way we sing this song AND many of the words are very different from how it was written and sung by Malvina Reynolds in 1974. Here are the original words:

If you love me, if you love, love, love me,
Plant a rose for me.
And if you think you'll love me for a long, long time,
Plant an apple tree.
The sun will shine, the wind will blow,
The rain will fall and the tree will grow,
And whether you comes, or whether you goes,
I'll have an apple, and I'll have a rose,
Lovely to bite, and nice to my nose.
And every juicy nibble will be
A sweet reminder of the time you loved me
And planted a rose for me,
And an apple tree.
]

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