Jenny Jenkins

A WPA music lesion, New Mexico, 1940

Jenny Jenkins is a very well known children's song from the mountains. It has been collected all over the Southern Appalachians as well as the north. It is especially associated with Vermont where it was collected and recorded by Mrs. Alice Brown, July 24, 1930, in Bethel, Vermont, from the singing of Mrs. Susan Chase, as learned from her aunt when a little girl.

It is really fun to get the kids to make up their own verses the possibilities are endless.
I won't where teal it just makes me squeal.
Chartreuse . . . it just ain't no use.
Plaid . . . it reminds me of my dad.
Spots . . . believe it or not.
Black . . . I just can't get the knack.
Gray . . . it makes me want to play.

on and on . . .

Suitable for all ages except it does feature brief nudity.

Lyrics: 

Will you wear white, oh my dear, oh my dear
Oh will you wear white, Jennie Jenkins?
I won't wear white for the color's too bright

I'll buy me a fol-de-roldy-tildy-toddy
seek-a-double, use-a-cause-a-roll-the-find-me
Roll, Jennie Jenkins, roll

Will you wear blue, my dear, oh my dear
Oh, wear you blue, Jennie Jenkins
I won't wear blue, the color's too true

Will you wear red, my dear, oh my dear
Oh will you wear red, Jennie Jenkins
I won't wear red, it's the color of my head

Will you wear green, my dear, oh my dear
Oh will you wear green, Jennie Jenkins
I won't wear green, it's a shame to be seen

Will you wear purple, my dear, oh my dear
Oh will you wear purple, Jennie Jenkins
I won't wear purple, it's the color of a turkle

So, what will you wear, my dear, oh my dear
So, what will you wear, Jenny Jenkins
Oh I’ll just go bare
with a ribbon in my hair

Instruments: 
Tuning: 
C Standard