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A traditional English folk song. Often done as "sweet", it is actually a "magical curse"
against an unfaithful lover. The herbs are a love potion or a protection against the plague.
This fair was a large medieval fair. My version is in Am with one mike and a guitar.
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SCARBOROUGH FAIR

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.
Remember me to one who lives there.
For she once was a true love of mine

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.
Without any seam nor needlework,
Then she'll be a true love of mine.

Tell her to wash it in yonder dry well,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme;
Where water ne’er sprung, nor drop of rain fell,
Then she'll be a true love of mine.

Tell her to dry it on yonder dry thorn,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme;
Which never bore blossom since Adam was born,
Then she’ll be a true love of mine.

Tell her to find me an acre of land,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme;
Between the salt sea and the sea sand
Then she’ll be a true love of mine.

Tell her to plough it with a lamb's horn,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme;
And sow it all over with one peppercorn,
Then she’ll be a true love of mine.

Tell her to reap it with a sickle of leather,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme;
And tie it all up with a peacock’s feather,
Then she’ll be a true love of mine.

And when she’s done and finished her work,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme;
Then come to me for her cambric shirt,
Then she’ll be a be a true love of mine.
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Uploaded: Aug 18, 2010 - 10:40:59 AM
Last Updated: Aug 22, 2010 - 07:38:29 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 03:51:48 PM
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Comments
Floridaplayer said 2656 days ago (August 18th, 2010)
Baroque?
Sounds like a sadly, haunting authentic version. Thanks
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alfredthepelican said 2655 days ago (August 18th, 2010)
Thanks Floridaplayer
Thanks for comment. That was pretty much what I aimed for and it's
cheering when someone can sense that.
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drakonis said 2654 days ago (August 20th, 2010)
The way it is supposed to be
A great piece of music. Very nicely played and sung, and I always appreciate hearing more history and information in the descriptions!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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alfredthepelican said 2652 days ago (August 22nd, 2010)
Thanks Drakonis
Thanks for the positive comments

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Warren Smith said 2613 days ago (September 30th, 2010)
Info piece
One of the great things about this music community is it shares more than just music, but also information about music. I've probably heard this folk song a hundred times without realizing it is meant to be a curse, not a blessing. And now, because you have shared this information, I feel enlightened, and I'll never be able to listen to it in the former way. And you know what - I like it better this way : )

Your recording is nicely paced, nicely sung, nicely played.
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alfredthepelican said 2600 days ago (October 13th, 2010)
thanks Warren
Thanks for your comment. Yes, I think part of the reason its intention is hardly ever realized is that you so rarely hear a complete version- which is the main reason I posted it- it's good to see a few people have got something out of that.
Cheers
Mark

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