12
Jul

Lavender’s Blue

Now then we’re all about starting them young, and so when my children were little ILavender Farm would sing them the nursery rhyme ‘Lavender’s Blue’. For those of you unacquainted with this charming little ditty, it goes as follows:

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender’s green
When you are king, dilly dilly,
I 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 friends, dilly, dilly
Set them to work
Some to the plough, dilly dilly,
Some to the fork

Some to the hay, dilly dilly,
Some to thresh corn
Whilst you and I, dilly dilly,
Keep ourselves warm

Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly,
Lavender’s green
When you are king, dilly dilly,
I shall be queen

Who told you so, dilly dilly,
Who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly dilly,
That told me so.

I always find that singing this conjures up images of the Tudor Court (possibly inspired by those wonderful historical novels that are all the rage at the moment), however the earliest surviving version of the song is in a broadside printed in England between 1672 and 1685, under the name Diddle Diddle, Or The Kind Country Lovers. The broadside indicates it is to be sung to the tune “Lavenders Green”, implying that a tune by that name was already in existence.

However for those who are no longer in the nursery rhyme phase, this gorgeous song, so reminiscent of the lovely swaying fields of lavender in our Jersey farm (maybe Henry VIII travelled to Jersey and courted one of his many wives here? OK, maybe not, but we can dream!), was also a big hit in 1948 when a version of it was recorded by Burl Ives and featured in the Walt Disney film, ‘So Dear To My Heart’.

But if you are neither a fan of nursery rhymes nor 1940’s Disney movies, maybe you’ll feel more at home with the song ‘Lavender’ that was recorded in 1985 by the neo-progressive rock bank Marillion, whose lyrics were based on the original folk song – check out the song on youtube here

However if you are simply looking for a great way to get both you and your baby to sleep, we’ve always found that a sprig of lavender or a spritz of our gorgeous, soothing and calming lavender essential oil, a cuddle and a quick rendition of ‘Lavender’s Blue’ will be sure to get you both off to the land of nod!

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Published Date: 12th July 2013
Category: General

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