- Certainly the lyrics to "Lily of the Valley" as sung by Joe Watkins
with the George Lewis band bear no relation to the words penned by
Charles w Fry in 1881.
A really wild theory - I wonder if the words were changed to become
less religious so that the song could be performed in secular
surroundings? There are still musicians in New Orleans who won't
perform hymns in bars/nightclubs.