Friday, June 25, 2010

The Story of the White Coral Bells

Long ago and far away, when I was a Girl Scout, we used to sing a round: "White Coral Bells."  It was very pretty, and almost always sounded good... even when someone forgot to count verses and ended up accidentally solo-ing.  There are many versions you can listen to on YouTube, but I'm not attaching them because then the blog would be singing non-stop, and some of you shut the sound off and later wonder why your computer wasn't making any noise.

The song goes like this.

White coral bells

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Upon a slender stalk,

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Lillies of the Valley

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Deck my garden walk.

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Oh, don't you wish...

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That you could hear them ring?

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That will happen only...


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When the fairies sing.

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Then I heard a sound outside.  A tiny tinkling.  Could it be the fairies?

And it was.  They were singing, and all the bells were ringing until...

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... someone wandered in and sat on them.

What?  You expect a happy ending every time?

Bracelet and earrings here.  Happy ending... under the cat.

4 comments:

  1. We used to sing it like this (when the grown ups weren't around):

    White lacy pants upon the old clothesline
    Polka dot pajamas - but, oh no, they're mine!
    I know you wish that you could wear them too.
    That will happen only when the seat wears through.

    Ah for the days when that innocent rhyme was as naughty as we got!

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  2. This is a perfect reminder of my Grandmother's garden.....probably everyone's Grandmother's garden. Thanks!

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  3. I remember the smell of those lilies of the valley. Heavenly! I got some potted ones in California once, but it wasn't the same thing at all.

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