What Do You Do With A Fruit?

Written and performed by Joe Raposo

shown as a live action short with kids eating different kinds of fruit

What do you do with a fruit?
They're juicy and healthy and cute!
But to eat 'em, it's true
There's a few things to do
If you wanna get through to a fruit!


First of all, there’s the peel problem. Very tricky.


Now, bananas are nice, with a soft, easy skin
Try peeling a melon - what trouble you’re in!
Now, a grape is a pleasure; there’s nothing to do
While a pineapple’s murder! Let ‘em fix it for you!


Give it to Mom. She’ll cut some nice, easy pieces for you.


Now, an orange is tasty, the peel’s rather thick
But don’t eat a lemon! It might make you sick
And grapefruits are sour sometimes, no one knows why
And I wouldn’t quite trust ‘em - they squirt in your eye!
But a nectarine! Now, there’s a fruit, a nectarine!
Where do such things come from?
Have a peach, have a plum!
And very clean, you wash ‘em so they’re very clean
And make sure, when you do, there’s no bugs in there too

So what do you do with a fruit?
They’re squishy and run down your suit!
But you really can’t beat ‘em, so bite in and eat ‘em
They really deserve a salute!
Every apple and cherry has me feeling merry!
I love every strawberry, raspberry - very!
I think I’ll just holler and hoot
‘Cause that’s what you do with a fruit!

[spoken as we see two kids eating pears.]

We’re quite a pair!

Transcribed by the archive Webmistress Tiny Dancer and SilveryShoe@aol.com

originally released on the album

Sing: Songs of Joe Raposo

Sing: Songs of Joe Raposo (1992)