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Thread #16291   Message #151593
Posted By: JTT
19-Dec-99 - 04:36 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Green Grow the Rushes
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: NeedGreenGrowtheRushes,fullw/oCommen
Seven for the seven stars in the *heavens*

But the song goes the other way around; it starts "I'll sing you twelve-o, green grow the rushes-o; what are your twelve-o? Twelve for the twelve apostles, eleven for the eleven that went up to heaven, ten for the ten commandments..." and so on, down to "one is one and all alone, and ever more shall be so".

I understand the twelve apostles, the eleven (minus Judas Iscariot) who went up to heaven, the ten commandments, the four gospels, the three rivals (father son and holy ghost), but who are the lily-white boys, the five bright shiners etc?