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Lavender's Blue (Dilly, Dilly)

[ Roud 3483 ; Ballad Index FSWB158A ; Bodleian Roud 3483 ; trad.]

Tim Hart and Maddy Prior sang this nursery rhyme on My Very Favourite Nursery Rhyme Record. This recording was later reissued on the compilation CD Favourite Nursery Rhymes and Other Children's Songs.

Jackie Oates recorded Lavender's Blue in 2006 for her eponymous first album, Jackie Oates.

Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer sang Lavender's Blue on their 2007 CD Sliptease. They laconically noted:

This traditional song needs no introduction. So—here isn't one.

Lyrics

Tim Hart and Maddy Prior sing Lavender's Blue

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?
'T was my own heart, dilly dilly
That told me so

Call up your men, dilly dilly
Set them to work
Some to the plough, dilly dilly
Some to the fork
Some to make hay, dilly dilly
Some to reap corn
While you and I, dilly dilly
Keep ourselves warm

Roses are red, dilly dilly
Violets are blue
Because you love me, dilly dilly
I will love you
Let the bells sing, dilly dilly
And the lambs play
We shall be safe, dilly dilly
Out of harm's way