Monthly Archives: October 2013

Auld Lang Syne

BACKGROUND “Auld Lang Syne” is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song . It is well known in many English-speaking countries and is often sung to celebrate the … Continue reading

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The Elizabethan Age

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‘Scarborough Fair’ Folk Song

  “Scarborough Fair” is a traditional ballad of  Great Britain and more precisely Yorkshire. The song relates the tale of a young man who instructs the listener to tell his former love to perform for him a series of impossible … Continue reading

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‘Lavender’s Blue’ English Folk Song

“Lavender’s Blue,” is an English folk song and nursery rhyme dating back to the seventeenth century. Lavender’s blue, dilly dilly, lavender’s green, When I am king, dilly, dilly, you shall be queen. Who told you so, dilly, dilly, who told … Continue reading

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Hands on History BBC

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Hands on History BBC

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Hands on History BBC

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Hands on History BBC

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Greensleeves

There is a persistent belief that Greensleeves was composed by Henry VIII for his lover and future queen consort Anne Boleyn. Boleyn allegedly rejected King Henry’s attempts to seduce her and this rejection may be referred to in the song … Continue reading

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