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Thread #34787   Message #471496
Posted By: Stewie
27-May-01 - 07:27 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Dilly Song
Subject: RE: The Dilly Song
Abby, I found a couple on the Net. Unfortunately, neither give any info about their source. The first is from a group called Current93:

THE DILLY SONG

One of them is all alone
And evermore shall be so
Two of them are lily-white
Boys all dressed in green-oh
Three of them are strangers
O'er the wide world they are rangers
Four it is the Dilly hour
When blooms the Gilly flower
Five it is the Dilly bird
That's seldom seen but heard
Six it is the ferryman
The boat o'er the river floats - oh
Seven are the seven stars in the sky
The shining stars be seven - oh
Eight it is the morning break
Then all the world's awake - oh
Nine it is the pale moonshine
The shining moon is nine - oh Ten forgives all kind of sin
From ten begin again - oh

That one from: Click

The second is:

GREEN GROW THE RUSHES-O

I'll sing you One-O
Green Grow The Rushes-O
What is your One-O?
Green Grow The Rushes-O
One is One and All Alone,
And ever more shall be so!

I'll sing you Two-O
Green Grow the Rushes-O
What is your Two-O?
Green Grow The Rushes-O!
Two, two, the Lily and the Rose
That shine both red and green-O.
One is One and All Alone,
And ever more shall be so!

Three, three the Rivals
Four for the Four Wind-Makers
Five for the Symbol at my Door
Six for the Lady's Bower
Seven for the Stars of Heaven
Eight for the April Rainers
Nine for the Nine Bright Shiners
Ten for The Lady's Girdle
Eleven Maidens in a Dance
Twelve for the Wren in Ivy
I'll sing you Thirteen-O
Green Grow the Rushes-O
What is your Thirteen-O?
'.........................'

That one from: Click

On the gospel side there is an extensive verision in the Max Hunter Collection under the title 'Twelve Apostles'.

Cheers, Stewie.