|"Johnny Appleseed" Illustrated by Joshua S. Brunet © 2013|
Here are the lyrics from Walt Disney's Johnny Appleseed song, from the Melody Time short which was released on May 27, 1948. Another favorite childhood memory, as well as a continuing influence.
“The Lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord.
For giving me the things I need, the sun, and rain, and an apple seed.
Yes He’s been good to me.
I owe the Lord so much, for everything I see.
I’m certain if it weren’t for him there’d be no apples on this limb.
He’s been good to me.
Oh here am I, ‘neath the blue, blue sky, a-doin’ as I please.
Singing with my feathered friends; hummin’ with the bees.
I wake up every day, as happy as can be.
Because I know that with his care, my apple trees they will still be there.
O the Lord is good to me.”
Disney's Melody Time, released May 27, 1948
I painted him the same dimensions as my Casey Jones illustrations. Maybe one day I'll develop an entire series of American heroes of the frontier... and in fact, I probably will.