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PostSubject: Why is one of my kitties named DillyDilly?   Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:43 pm


"Lavender Blue", also called "Lavender's blue", is an English folk song dating to the 17th century. A hit version of the song, sung by Burl Ives, was featured in the Walt Disney movie "So Dear to My Heart." It was Ives' first hit song, and reintroduced it to popularity in the 20th century. Another hit version of the song was recorded by Dinah Shore. In their 1985 album Misplaced Childhood, English progressive rock band Marillion recorded a song called "Lavender", which was derived from the folk song.

Like any song of such antiquity, there are many variations on the lyrics. The most interesting variation, though, is that the original words to the chorus were "Lavender's blue (dilly dilly) Rosemary's green", while in all modern versions the chorus has become "Lavender's blue (dilly dilly) Lavender's green", which makes less sense.

This song became very popular during the 1950's rock and roll era, when it was sung by Solomon Burke. While he did change some of the words a bit, the lyrics are generally the same. Sammy Turner released it in 1959 and it hit number 14 on the R&B charts and number 3 on the POP charts.

Although there are as many as thirty verses to the song, most versions go about like this:

Lavender's blue, dilly dilly, lavender's green,
When I am king, dilly, dilly, you shall be queen.
Who told you so, dilly, dilly, who told you so?
'Twas my own heart, dilly, dilly, that told me so.

Call up your men, dilly, dilly, set them to work
Some with a rake, dilly, dilly, some with a fork.
Some to make hay, dilly, dilly, some to thresh corn.
While you and I, dilly, dilly, keep ourselves warm.

Lavender's green, dilly, dilly, Lavender's blue,
If you love me, dilly, dilly, I will love you.
Let the birds sing, dilly, dilly, And the lambs play;
We shall be safe, dilly, dilly, Out of harm's way.

I love to dance, dilly, dilly, I love to sing;
When I am queen, dilly, dilly, You'll be my king.
Who told me so, dilly, dilly, Who told me so?
I told myself, dilly, dilly, I told me so.

((He's a lavender Frostsaber Pride Watcher))
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