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"Lavenders Blue" is an English folk song from The Wiggles' 1991 debut album, Pop Go The Wiggles, Disney Music Block Party, and Wiggle Town.

Origins

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 of "Lavender Green", implying that a tune by that name was already in existence. The lyrics printed in the broadside are fairly bawdy, celebrating sex and drinking.

According to Robert B. Waltz, "The singer tells his lady that she must love him because he loves her. He tells of a vale where young man and maid have lain together, and suggests that they might do the same". Waltz cites Sandra Stahl Dolby as describing this broadside version as being about a girl named Nell keeping the singer's bed warm.

Here is the first of ten verses:

Lavender's green, diddle, diddle,

Lavender's blue

You must love me, diddle, diddle,

cause I love you,

I heard one say, diddle, diddle,

since I came hither,

That you and I, diddle, diddle,

must lie together.

Both Waltz (citing Eloise Hubbard Linscott) and Halliwell have noted the song's association with Twelfth Night and the choosing of the king of queen of the festivities of that holiday.

"Lavender's Blue" emerged as a children's song in Songs for the Nursery in 1805 in the form:

Lavender blue and Rosemary green,
When I am king you shall be queen;
Call up my maids at four o'clock,
Some to the wheel and some to the rock;
Some to make hay and some to shear corn,
And you and I will keep the bed warm.

Similar versions appeared in collections of rhymes throughout the 19th century.

Song Credits

1991 Version

2007 Version

  • Music & Lyrics: Traditional
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Sam Moran
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes

2008 Version

  • Music & Lyrics: Traditional
  • Arrangement: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Sam Moran
  • Publisher: Wiggly Tunes

2016 Version

Listen

05 Lavenders Blue

Musicians

1991 Version

2007 Version

2008 Version

2016 InstrumentalVersion

  • Backign Vocals - Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce
  • Bass - Alex Keller
  • Acoustic Guitar - Anthony Field
  • Electric Guitar - Anthony Field
  • Banjo - Anthony Field
  • Piano - Lachlan Gillespie
  • Keyboard - Lachlan Gillespie
  • Glockenspiel - Lachlan Gillespie

Song Lyrics

The Wiggles' Debut Album

Greg: 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 plow, 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.

(Instrumental break)

Lavender's green, diddle, diddle, Lavender's blue,
If you love me, diddle, diddle, I will love you.

Pop Go The Wiggles

Sam: Lavender's blue, dilly, dilly, lavender's green,
When I am king, dilly, dilly, you shall be queen.

Sam and Dorothy: Roses are red, dilly, dilly, violets are blue
If you love me, dilly, dilly, I will love you.

(Instrumental break)

Sam: Lavender's blue, dilly, dilly, lavender's green,
When I am king, dilly, dilly, you shall be queen.

Sam and Dorothy: Roses are red, dilly, dilly, violets are blue
If you love me, dilly, dilly, I will love you.

(Instrumental break)

Sam: Let the birds sing, dilly, dilly

Dorothy: And the lambs play

Sam: We shall be safe, dilly, dilly

Sam and Dorothy: Out of harms way

Disney Music Block Party

Sam: Lavender's blue, dilly, dilly

Carolyn: Lavender's green

Sam: When I am king, dilly, dilly

Carolyn: I will be queen

Who told you so, dilly, dilly

Who told you so

Sam: I told myself, dilly, dilly

I told me so

(Instrumental break)

Carolyn: Who told you so, dilly, dilly

Who told you so

Sam: I told myself, dilly, dilly

I told me so

If your dilly, dilly, heart fills a dilly, dilly way

And if you answer yes

Carolyn: In a pretty little church on a dilly, dilly way

Sam and Carolyn: I'll/You'll be wedded in a dilly, dilly dress on

Sam: Lavender's blue, dilly, dilly

Carolyn: Lavender's green

Sam: When I'll be king, dilly, dilly

Carolyn: I'll be your queen

Sam and Carolyn: When I'll/you'll be my/your king

You'll/I'll be my/your queen


Video Performances

Album Appearance

Trivia

  • The Wiggles rewrote some lyrics for the 1991 version.

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