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!