Green Grow the Lilacs

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This article is about the folk song. For the stage play, see Green Grow the Lilacs (play).

Green Grow the Lilacs is a folk song of Irish origin that was popular in the United States during the mid-19th century.

The song title is familiar as the source of a folk etymology for the word gringo that states that the Mexicans misheard U.S. troops singing "green grow" during the Mexican-American War.[1]

The song appears in the 1931 play of the same name by Lynn Riggs. The song appears in an LP album by Tony Kraber.[2]


There are many different versions of the lyrics.


  1. ^ See gringo for a derivation from griego.
  2. ^ "The Old Chisholm Trail", Songs of the American Southwest, by Tony Kraber, Mercury Records LP MG 20008