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Scarborough Fair

A traditional folk song and ballad. Made famous of course by Simon and Garfunkel. Paul Simon learnt it from Martin Carthy in 1965 and it appeared on the LP Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme in 1966. Actually a real fair in Scarborough, Yorkshire taking place in August and September each year by Royal charter.

This version (as sung by S&G without the Canticle) is a short version of the traditional song, but is probably best known.

Lyrics:

Are you goin to scarborough fair?
parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there,
she once was a true love of mine

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt,
parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Without no seams nor needlework,
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 water and the sea strand,
then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather,
parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
And to gather it all in a bunch of heather,
then she'll be a true love of mine

Are you goin to scarborough fair?
parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there,
she once was a true love of mine