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Lyr Req: Song about a dress

Scoville 12 Jun 07 - 09:12 AM
dick greenhaus 12 Jun 07 - 11:03 AM
ClaireBear 12 Jun 07 - 12:32 PM
Willa 12 Jun 07 - 05:18 PM
GUEST,Bob Coltman 12 Jun 07 - 06:37 PM
Scoville 13 Jun 07 - 02:45 PM
skipy 13 Jun 07 - 03:34 PM
GUEST,meself 13 Jun 07 - 03:40 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Song about a dress
From: Scoville
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 09:12 AM

A friend of mine needs some help.

"I heard the song on the Thistle and Shamrock [Celtic music] NPR show years ago. The story of the song seemed to be a girl asking her mother what dress she should wear, and the mother offering various reasons why she shouldn't. I believe in the last verse they come back to the dress from the first verse, and realizing that there's nothing else to wear, the girl and mother finally agree."

The idea sounds familiar but I can't come up with the song. (I'm probably thinking of 'Whistle, Daughter, Whistle', but that's about sex, not dresses.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a dress
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 11:03 AM

Jennie Jenkins? "Will you wear the green? etc."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a dress
From: ClaireBear
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 12:32 PM

Maybe this one?

I think jacqui McShee recorded it once, which sounds like a likely Thistle and Shamrock choice. But there's no mother in it, at least not by name. Still, it's a haunting song and just the type that would stay with one for years.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a dress
From: Willa
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 05:18 PM

I wonder if Dick is correct.
Janet Russell does a great version of this on her CD "Bright Shining Morning?"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a dress
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 12 Jun 07 - 06:37 PM

I learned the Wedding Dress song from Dick Weissman away back in 1959, so it is at least that old. Always did wonder where it came from. It sounds traditional, more or less in the east Kentucky style, but I know of no traditional source for it. Dick's version began "Lord, my little Lilly gal," unlike the one in the DT.

But I'm with Dick Greenhaus, I think Scoville's query does sound as if it refers to Jenny Jenkins. The DT has a Vermont version different from the one I know. Here's a verse of mine, which I think is fairly common:

Will you wear red, oh my dear, oh my dear,
Will you wear red, Jenny Jenkins,
I won't wear red, it's the color of my head,
I'll buy me a fal de ral de, tildy doldy, use a cause a,
Roll the find me,
Roll, Jenny Jenkins, roll.

(varies through half a dozen other colors, green, black, yellow, blue, etc. and ends "What will you wear ... What do you care if I just go bare?" Jennie always did have an attitude.

(That's the common version. Bascom Lamar Lunsford sang a version with a different, and equally fun, chorus. A hundred singers have done versions of J.J.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a dress
From: Scoville
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 02:45 PM

Thanks, y'all--Jennie Jenkins it was. I'm surprised she recognized it; she's not at all into folk or folk-esque music and rarely pays any attention to lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a dress
From: skipy
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 03:34 PM

Which dress to wear, yes, often a problem for me!
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about a dress
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 03:40 PM

Devil with a blue dress, blue dress, blue dress,
Devil with a blue dress on?


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Subject: Lyr Add: LITTLE BLACK DRESS (Gene Kelton)
From: oldhippie
Date: 13 Jun 07 - 06:22 PM

LITTLE BLACK DRESS
As recorded by Mean Gene Kelton on "Most Requested" (1999)

She looks so good in her tight blue jeans
The faded ones with the holey knees
Dancin' to the radio
Barefoot cross our kitchen floor
Shes always fine but she looks her best
When she puts on that little black dress

She bought it for a dollar in a resale shop
Ran it through the washer and it shrunk right up
When she tried it on I heard her scream
Oh my God this things obscene
I took a look and she took my breath
There she stood in that little black dress

CHORUS: Just a little black dress kinda plain and simple
You'd never see it on the shopping channel
It ain't fancy, it ain't in style
But when she puts it on it drives me wild
Baby loves me till it hurts
Oh she makes her mojo work
She knows that I can't resist
When she puts on that little black dress

Invitation to a social ball,
It said RSVP y'all
Drinks at seven, dinner at eight
Promptness we appreciate
We were later than the rest
Blame it on that little black dress. CHORUS

© 1999 Gene Kelton Music, BMI


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