Lavender’s Blue

October 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Lavender’s blue, diddle diddle,
Lavender’s green,
When I am king, diddle diddle,

You shall be queen.

Call up your men, diddle diddle,
Set them to work,
Some to the plough, diddle diddle,
Some to the cart.

Some to make hay, diddle diddle,
Some to cut corn,
While you and I, diddle diddle,
Keep ourselves warm.

Roses are red, diddle diddle,
Violets are blue,
If you love me, diddle diddle,
I will love you.

As with many old songs, it has all sorts of different variations in the words. The last verse in this version appears in the Oxford Nursery Songbook – a lovely book of more traditional songs with quite manageable

The British Museum have a lovely illustrated cover panel of this song dating from 1680..with 10 verses in total, with a much darker themes to it that our current commonly known words..

The first verse is

Lavenders green, Diddle Diddle, Lavenders blue,
You must love me, cause I love you…

and so on. Wikipedia has a different set of verses again.. and some more background info..

Source: The Oxford Book Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes by Iona and Peter Opie


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