Epic Rock Ballads-Episode 6:Marillion-Lavender

‘Kayleigh’ is the most played Marillion song by far. This kind of surprises me a small bit, although it is a good song, but Marillion has produced so many better songs,

Like ‘Kayleigh’ ,”Lavender” is also a ballad but a much better one.

It was released as the second single from their 1985 UK number one concept album Misplaced Childhood. The follow-up to the UK number two hit “Kayleigh”, the song was their second Top Five UK hit, entering the chart on 7 September 1985, reaching number five and staying on the chart for nine weeks. None of the group’s subsequent songs have reached the Top Five and “Lavender” remains their second highest-charting song.


I was walking in the park dreaming of a spark
When I heard the sprinklers whisper
Shimmer in the haze of summer lawns
Then I heard the children singing
They were running through the rainbows
They were singing a song for you
Well it seemed to be a song for you
The one I wanted to write for you, for you
Lavenders blue, dilly dilly, lavenders green
When I am King, dilly dilly, you will be Queen
A penny for your thoughts my dear
A penny for your thoughts my dear
I.O.U. for your love, IOU for your love
Lavenders green, dilly dilly, lavenders blue
When you love me, dilly dilly, I will love you
A penny for your thoughts my dear
A penny for your thoughts my dear
IOU for your love, IOU for your love
For your love
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Derek William Dick / Ian Mosley / Mark Kelly / Pete Trewavas / Steve Rothery
Lavender lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC