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LIMBO ROCK

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The red-brown bark of the gumbo limbo tree makes for easy identification. The joke about this tree from the Florida Keys down through Central America is that it is "the tourist tree" - "because it turns red and peels".

When strong winds topple the tree, it will often resprout from a broken branch that has fallen onto the ground. It also grows in Central America. There, the cut limbs are used as fence posts, which often start growing!

The tree is a member of the same botanical species as frankincense and myrhh, both representatives of the worlds oldest medicines. Its bark is a common topical remedy. Strips of bark are boiled in water and then used topically for skin sores, measles, sunburn, insect bites, and rashes or drunk as tea to treat backaches, urinary tract infections, colds, flu, and fevers.

It is also the source of that very, very soft and light wood used for making toy airplanes and boats. In that form it is called balsa wood.
Doing the Limbo
Every limbo boy and girl
All around the limbo world,
Gonna do the limbo rock
All around the limbo clock.
Jack be limbo, Jack be quick
Jack go under the limbo stick;
All around the limbo clock
Hey, let's do the limbo rock!

First you spread your limbo feet
Then you move to the limbo beat.
Limbo ankle limbo knee,
Bend back like a limbo tree.
Jack be limbo, Jack be quick
Jack go under the limbo stick;
All around the limbo clock
Hey, let's do the limbo rock!

Get yourself a limbo girl;
Give that chick a limbo whirl.
There's a limbo moon above;
You will fall in limbo love.
Jack be limbo, Jack be quick
Jack go under the limbo stick;
All around the limbo clock
Hey, let's do the limbo rock!

Midi: Limbo Rock




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