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"'Sweet Violets'" is an American song that contains classic example of a "censored rhyme", where the expected rhyme of each couplet is replaced with an unexpected word which segues into the next couplet or chorus. For example, the first couplets go:
The chorus is taken nearly verbatim from the song "Sweet Violets" by Joseph Emmet, from his 1882 play 'Fritz Among the Gypsies':
The song was recorded by Dinah Shore with Henri Ren's Orchestra & Chorus in Hollywood on May 20, 1951. The song was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-4174A (78 rpm record), 47-4174A (single) (in USA), by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10115 in the UK, and EA 3997 in Australia, also on the His Master's Voice label. The Dinah Shore version was arranged by Cy Coben and Charles Grean. It reached number 3 on the 'Billboard' chart.
It has also been recorded by Mitch Miller and the Gang, Jane Turzy, and Judy Lynn.
The song (in all its versions, combined) reached number one on the 'Cash Box' best-seller chart.
Numerous folk versions exist in which the implied lyrics are more risqu.
Copyright 1951 by Edwin H. Morris & Company, Inc. by Cy Coben and Charles Grean
Category:American folk songs
Category:Songs about plants
Category:Number-one singles in the United States
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