Open Mic Adventures XXIX: “Lavender’s Blue”

I’m diving back into Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Complete Levels 2 & 3 for the Late Beginner this week with the piece “Lavender’s Blue.”

As I explain in the video, I knew very little about the song, other than it has a kind of Renaissance feel to it.  Since making that hasty recording during a precious planning period, I have done a bit more research on the piece.

The piece dates back to sixteenth-century England, where it was a popular folk song and nursery rhyme.  The lyrics suggest the nursery rhyme elements:

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 mine own heart, dilly dilly, that told me so.

Any tune with “dilly dilly” in the lyrics is prime nursery rhyming.  As is frequently the case with these very old songs, the piece has dozens have verses, and variations upon those verses, so there’s not an “official” version—kind of like Blade Runner (1982).

Fortunately, I’m just playing it on piano, so there’s no confusion there.

Here is my mildly sloppy rendition, complete with a bright sheen of glistening sweat across my fivehead:

Now go forth and frolic, my friends!

Happy Listening!


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6 thoughts on “Open Mic Adventures XXIX: “Lavender’s Blue”

  1. Tina says it would have sounded better on harpsichord and she was disappointed that you didn’t sing it but we both enjoyed your rendition. 👍

    Anyway, IT’S HERE!!!

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      • Tina and I are purring over it at the moment. The menu screen is as beautiful as previous PS incarnations. This is the best joint present we’ve ever given each other.

        The book will have to wait. I can’t wait to get stuck into this! 😄😄😄😄

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    • Tell Tina to mind her own business! Haha, just kidding—I can do a harpsichord and vocals rendition for her.

      Also, let her know that I managed to find (free!) sheet music for “True” from SH2. It looks tough, but I think I can figure it out.

      WOOOOOOOOT! Enjoy your beautiful new system.

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