But, as so often with nursery rhmes, there is an interesting history; and the childrens' version is worn-down from something longer, more complex, and more 'adult'.
Here is the 17th century version - done by one of my favourite 1970s bands: The City Waites. This is superbly arranged, sung and played - and somehow manages to combine the 'bawdy' quality of the original with the sweet innocence of the children's song.
Also reprised by Marillion in their 1985 hit, 'Lavender', the third track on their 'Misplaced Childhood' concept album.
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