“When He Comes, He'll Come in Green”


"Don't cry, little baby, don't you cry. Your sweetheart will come by and by. When he comes, if he's dressed in green, Then you may know you'll be his queen." Similarly with other colors: "Dressed in blue, Then you may know his love is true," etc.


The editors of Brown concede their two texts to be the same song, but split them anyway. They admit they don't know if the piece is a singing game of some kind, a lullaby, or something else. (Allsopp calls it a lullaby but has only one verse.) I've used both keywords because both look like they fit. It looks like a very good song for both purposes; I'm surprised it isn't more widely known. - RBW


  1. BrownIII 70, "Oh, Pretty Polly" (1 text); 71, "Don't Cry" (1 text)
  2. ADDITIONAL: Fred W. Allsopp, Folklore of Romantic Arkansas, Volume II (1931), p. 163, (no title) (1 fragment)
  3. Roud #7870
  4. BI, Br3070


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1914 (Brown)
Found in: US(SE,So)