A Childhood Favorite and Beyond: “Lavender’s Blue”

Lavender Flower Clip Art

Lavender Flower Clip Art

I grew up hearing “Lavender’s Blue” into adulthood because my aunt sang or hummed it all the time. Even now, she remembers the title or the melody, depending on the day. I thought of it as only a pop song, because Dinah Shore and other artists recorded it.

The song came back to me month or so ago, when I heard it in connection with a TV movie I was looking forward to watching. (The film was actually pretty good.) Afterward, I decided to research the song. Turns out it’s an English folk song dating back to the seventeenth century. It’s mostly considered a lullaby today. A few years ago, a film version of Cinderella used “Lavender’s Blue” as a theme.

A YouTube search for a favorite version (in addition to my aunt’s) lead me to the English folksinger and fiddler Jackie Oates. I’d like to hear more from her. A new mom, her latest recording is a collection of lullabies, but I think the song below is on a different album. Enjoy!



Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to share some favorite Christmas carols. I love too many to list them all. Merry Christmas!

Joy to the World

Silent Night

Mary’s Boy Child

Christ Child’s Lullaby

12 Days of Christmas

The Holly and the Ivy

I Saw Three Ships

The First Noel

The Wexford Carol

Wexford Carol
Christmas Hymn & Carol Lyrics

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending His belovèd Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day;
In Bethlehem upon the morn
There was a blest Messiah born.

The night before that happy tide
The noble virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark how all things came to pass:
From every door repelled, alas!
As long foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble oxen stall.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom God’s angels did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
“Prepare and go”, the angels said,
“To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you’ll find, this happy morn,
A princely Babe, sweet Jesus born.”

With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the babe to find,
And as God’s angel has foretold,
They did our Savior Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by His side the virgin maid
Attending to the Lord of Life,
Who came on earth to end all strife.


When I Can’t Get to Sleep….

Another restless night. What do I do? Write a blog post. It’s difficult to calm down. Here’s a favorite–Brahns’ Lullaby. it’s the original composition:

As always, I like to include the lyrics whenever possible. Here they are, in English and German. My aunt sang this to me, as did my mom. But I think everyone in the family makes up their own lyrics as they go along.

Brahms’s Lullaby (Lullaby and Goodnight)

Lullaby and goodnight, with roses bedight
With lilies o’er spread is baby’s wee bed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed
Lay thee down now and rest, may thy slumber be blessed

Lullaby and goodnight, thy mother’s delight
Bright angels beside my darling abide
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast
They will guard thee at rest, thou shalt wake on my breast


(original German)
Guten Abend, gute Nacht, Mit Rosen bedacht,
Mit Naeglein besteckt, schlupf unter die Deck’
Morgen frueh, wenn Gott will, wirst du wieder geweckt
Morgen frueh, wenn Gott will, wirst du wieder geweckt

Guten Abend, gute Nacht, Von Englein bewacht
Die zeigen im Traum, dir Christkindleins Baum
Schlaf nun selig und suess, Schau im Traum’s Paradies
Schlaf nun selig und suess, Schau im Traum’s Paradies

Here’s another version I enjoy:


But that’s not my absolute favorite lullaby. That honor goes to “Mr. Sandman” by the Chordettes. Not everyone can claim that. My aunt taught me this song, and sings it even today if I can persuade her. Anytime I am restless, sad, or agitated, my aunt’s singing it always calms me down eventually. Many times, my aunt would make up her own words. Here’s the original song, with lyrics:

So now, finally, to bed….