Breaking Bad this week featured an old song by the Limeliters, "Take My True Love by the Hand"

‘Breaking Bad’ features Limeliters song

No spoilers here. Just pure nostalgia. Tonight’s episode of “Breaking Bad,” “Ozymandias,” included the song “Take My True Love by the Hand” by the Limeliters.

The Limeliters were my favorite folk music group in the ’60s. I owned every album they recorded. But I hadn’t heard any of their songs for decades. Until tonight. What a delightful surprise to have this song turn up in, of all places, “Breaking Bad.” But then, BB revels in the unexpected and incongruous, doesn’t it? It’s a great recording, not some scratchy old 33 platter. Acoustic instruments, too.

If memory serves, the beautiful solo voice and whistling belong to Glenn Yarbrough. (Lyrics below.)

Here are two more songs:

They also did humor:

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TAKE MY TRUE LOVE BY THE HAND

Times are gettin’ hard boys,
Money’s gettin’ scarce,
Times don’t get no better boys,
Gonna leave this place.

Take my true love by her hand,
Lead her through the town,
Say goodbye to everyone,
Goodbye to everyone.

Had a job a year ago,
Had a little home,
Now I’ve got no place to go,
guess I’ll have to roam.

Take my true love by her hand,
Lead her through the town,
Say goodbye to everyone,
Goodbye to everyone.

Every wind that blows boys,
Every wind that blows,
Carries me to some new place,
Heaven only knows.

Take my true love by her hand,
Lead her through the town,
Say goodbye to everyone,
Goodbye to everyone.

Times are gettin’ hard boys,
Money’s gettin’ scarce,
Times don’t get no better boys,
Gonna leave this place.

Take my true love by her hand,
Lead her through the town,
Say goodbye to everyone,
Goodbye to everyone.

Take my true love by her hand,
Lead her through the town,
Say goodbye to everyone,
Goodbye to everyone.

Say goodbye to everyone,
Goodbye to everyone.

15 thoughts on “‘Breaking Bad’ features Limeliters song

    1. Vikki was one of their funniest, but there are some others. And so many sweet, gentle ballads. I was just stunned when their music showed up in BB. I don’t know much about television production, but I’d be interested in knowing who was smart enough (or old enough!) to think of using “Take My True Love.”

  1. The Limeliters are still around, still recording and still touring (this I know for sure, because I am a member of the band)… We haven’t been performing this song in recent years, but now I’m thinking that we should probably bring it back.
    Best regards,
    Andy Corwin

  2. A haunting melody indeed – I think I’m getting a new ear-worm!

    Mollie and I are still catching up on BB, savoring each episode. We have 3 in the VCR now, and of course 2 yet to air.

    1. Yarbrough had quite a solo career too, if it’s his voice in particular that appeals to you.

      The sad thing about being caught up, as I am, is that there are only two episodes left!! I’m in mourning already for something that isn’t even gone yet.

          1. “Seven Daffodils” (written by the late, great Lee Hays) is one of my favorites too…We spent some time rehearsing it this past weekend & we’re planning to perform it at our next concert, on Sept. 28th, in Phoenix.

... and that's my two cents