Lavender Blue



Although there are as many as thirty verses to the song, and many variations of each verse, most modern versions take this form: 




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.







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, with the first of ten verses: 

Appropriate Age: 
Do Hexachord
Rhythmic Element: 
Half note
dotted half
Guitar Technique Element: 
Rest Stroke
Chord Progression: 
I, IV & V