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Thread #123229   Message #2712187
Posted By: Emma B
30-Aug-09 - 12:13 PM
Thread Name: Meaning: I'll dye my petticoat
Subject: RE: Meaning: I'll dye my petticoat
Much as I respect Lomax as a collector I've never heard of red being used to denote fidelity!

Many folk songs however refer to blue ribbons worn by either gender as a symbol of fidelity/betrothal
An ancient custom - dating from Biblical times, I believe, reflected in the modern wedding custom of 'something blue' - and used in such songs as "The Trees they do Grow High" and the nursery rhyme "Johnny's So Long at the Fair"
- He promised he'd bring me a bunch of blue ribbons.
To tie up my bonny brown hair

Then there's always the traditional broken token - but that's another thread :)