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Jack Hickman - Kingston, ON Origin: Sally Gardens (91* d) RE: Song history/origin: Sally Gardens 20 Aug 99

A sally is a willow tree, and they used withes of the willow tree to fasten thatching on roofs back in the old days in Ireland. I am told that each village had a bush of willow trees on the outskirts, primarily to provide the necessary material for thatching, and this bush was called the "sally gardens." It was also the 19th century equivalent of a "lovers' lane" where the young folk would go to be alone.

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