For song lyric Sunday this week we are thinking about marriage, specifically the words old/new/borrowed/blue.
Just out of interest, I thought I would find out a bit more about the traditional rhyme. So, here is what I discovered:
What’s the origin of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?
They based the tradition on an Old English rhyme that dates back to 19th-century Lancashire. It describes the items a bride should have on her wedding day: “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in your shoe.”
What’s the meaning behind each object?
The exact meaning behind each trinket isn’t totally clear, but there are some popular theories. “Something old” represented a tie to the past. “Something new” stood for hope and optimism for the future. “Something borrowed” from a happily married friend or relative was believed to bring good luck for the union and even fertility. The colour blue warded off the evil eye, and it also stood for love, purity, and fidelity. And they intended the sixpence to bring prosperity to the couple. (The British coin is no longer produced, but some determined brides still hunt down one to tuck into a shoe!)
So what did I choose for the song itself? Well, I went for something that includes all of the words we were asked for, and fits into the theme of weddings very well.
I have chosen I do by 911.