The Story Behind: What Child Is This?

The Story Behind: What Child Is This?

Talk about being torn in two; I can never decide which version of the song I like best, the folk song “Greensleeves” or the Christmas carol “What Child Is This?” It doesn’t really matter to me which song is playing, as I enjoy the hauntingly, beautiful melody no matter which lyrics are being sung. This melody, when being sung as the folk song, is most associated with King Henry the Eighth of England. As the story goes, the king wrote the lyrics to “Greensleeves” while he was courting Anne Boleyn. (Which makes you wonder if green was her favorite color.) But the tune was originally a popular drinking song that predated the king’s efforts by several hundred years. So how did this drinking song become a beloved Christmas carol? Here’s the rest of the story. Continue reading “The Story Behind: What Child Is This?”