“Adam in the Garden Pinning Leaves”


Chorus "Oh Eve, where's Adam? (x3) Adam in the garden pinning leaves." "I know my God is a God of war/He fought the battle at the Jericho wall"; "The first time God called/Adam refused to answer/And the next time God called/God hollered louder."


The mention of Adam making clothing of fig leaves occurs in the Bible in Gen. 3:7; God comes after Adam in 3:8-9. The siege of Jericho is described in Joshua 6, with a foreshadowing in Joshua 2. - RBW

Cross references


  • Alberta Bradford & Becky Elsey, "Adam in the Garden Pinnin' Leaves" (AFS 105 B1, 1934)
  • McIntosh County Shouters, "Eve and Adam" (on McIntosh1)
  • New Lost City Ramblers, "Adam in the Garden" (on NLCR10)


  1. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 126-127, "Adam in the Garden Pinnin' Leaves" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Courlander-NFM, pp. 43-44, (no name) (partial text)
  3. Silber-FSWB, p. 24, "Adam In The Garden Pinning Leaves" (1 text)
  5. Roud #15647
  6. BI, CSW126


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (field recording, Alberta Bradford & Becky Elsey)
Found in: US(So)