This is the 75th anniversary of Oklahoma! on Broadway. In honor of that event a little history:
Green Grow the Lilacs is a folk song of Irish origin that was popular in the United States during the mid 1800s.
Here is one version of the original song:
Green grow the lilacs, all sparkling with dew
I’m lonely, my darling, since parting with you;
But by our next meeting I’ll hope to prove true
And change the green lilacs to the Red, White and Blue.
I once had a sweetheart, but now I have none
She’s gone and she’s left me, I care not for one
Since she’s gone and left me, contented I’ll be,
For she loves another one better than me.
Green Grow The Lilacs is also the title of the 1931 play by Lynn Riggs which became the basis of the libretto for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!
The rest is history and time to enjoy the fun and music