Lady Greensleeves


If you want to hum a very old song, hum Greensleeves. It is seriously older than Shakespeare. Some even claim that King Henry VIII had it written for Anne Boleyn. But au contraire, Greensleeves was written for a lady with green sleeves.

Anne Boleyn had some green dresses but not many, because green was a tarty color back then. It meant you were fecund–very fertile and lusty. (If your sleeves were green maybe it was because you were rolling around in the grass with a paramour.)

But not Lady Green Sleeves, as we shall call the woman for whom the song was written. Lady Green Sleeves just happened to have a green dress. It’s funny because her sleeves were the least interesting thing about her.

What was more interesting was her yellow socks.


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