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Clair Lyrics

Artist: Gilbert O'Sullivan

Gilbert O'Sullivan

The moment I met you, I swear.
I felt as if something, somewhere,
Had happened to me, which I couldn't see.
And then, the moment I met you, again.
I knew in my heart that we were friends.
It had to be so, it couldn't be no.

But try as hard as I might do, I don't know why.
You get to me in a way I can't describe.
Words mean so little when you look up and smile.
I don't care what people say, to me you're more than a child.

Oh Clair. Clair ...

If ever a moment so rare
Was captured for all to compare.
That moment is you in all that you do.
But why in spite of our age difference do I cry.
Each time I leave you I feel I could die.
Nothing means more to me than hearing you say,
"I'm going to marry you. Will you marry me? Oh hurray!"

Oh Clair Clair ...

I've told you before "Don't you dare!"
"Get back into bed."
"Can't you see that it's late."
"No you can't have a drink."
"Oh allright then, but wait just a minute."

While I, in an effort to babysit, catch up on my breath,
What there is left of it.
You can be murder at this hour of the day.
But in the morning the sun will see my lifetime away.
Oh Clair Clair ...
Oh Clair


by SG on 11/1/2009 11:58am
"But in the morning the sun will seem a lifetime away"
by on 12/20/2009 8:01pm
If anyone can interpret what this song is all about, I'd appreciate it! i love it though... just don't get, does he love a child romantically?
Thanks Karen Lock, Owen Sound, Ont.
by Rick on 1/17/2010 7:28pm
I used to enjoy this song back in the 70's but after I read the lyrics I've begun to wonder a little about Gilbert O'Sullivan's meaning of this song.was he a ? Nah couldn't be
by karen lock on 4/25/2010 10:44am
I know! Thanks Rick... I am looking for the lyrics to "Alone again, Naturally", also by him.... for some reason, I can't find them anywhere....
by Amber in Denver on 5/25/2010 10:23pm
After decades, think I have it.. it's a song about his own daughter!

by Dave on 6/18/2010 5:56am
It might help if the lyrics were correct. The line should read:
"I'm going to marry you. Will you marry me, Uncle Ray?"
'Raymond' is O'Sullivan's real name. Easy enough to research.
by DK on 7/23/2010 12:09pm
The song was written about Clair Mills, the 3 yr. old daughter of the Gilber O'Sullivan's manager at the time. He would babysit her on occasion and was enamored by her. He wrote it with the parent's consent and there is no hidden meanings in the lyrics. It's a simple song about a litte girl.
by Paddy McGuire on 9/11/2010 10:15am
Will you marry me, Uncle Ray.
also "capture" my breath what is left of it.
a song of innocence, what seems to be lacking this day and age. It takes a innocent heart to appreciate this.
by D Walker on 10/10/2010 3:26pm
It's not 'Oh Hurray' in the 2nd's 'Uncle Ray'. Gilbert's real name is Raymond Edward O'Sullivan; he used to babsit his manager's little girls named Claire.
by TatevossianA on 12/16/2010 10:30pm
[correction] "... but in the morning, this hour will seem a lifetime away ...'
by andy sweden on 10/19/2011 6:56pm
I remember hearing this when it was released originally. I was still at junior school but loved any type of ballad and still do. This song has stayed with me for decades and although I'm an elvis purist I appreciate good lyrics especially those you can understand. Why are people trying to make out that there was a hidden agenda. So sad that its come to that. I think back to 72 and wish I was there again. Total innocence.Love it
by cloug on 10/25/2011 4:26pm
this song was played to me as a child (as my name is claire) and my babysitter used to sing it to me when i couldn't sleep
by jc on 6/10/2012 1:55am
looking at these words decades later, they don't pass the smell test. The lines, me you're more than a child......and the marry me stuff.....something doesn't feel right and the guy would be investigated today, together with the parents.
by The Watcher on 6/28/2012 9:44pm
Pedophile O'Sullivan -
by sap on 8/3/2012 11:42pm
Oops on the final line. Should be "But in the morning this hour will seem a lifetime away."+
by ally on 12/31/2012 1:56pm
I remember hearing this song... for years i could not remember the name.. i love it... i wonder what ever happened to Clair?
by Lisa on 1/21/2013 5:20pm
I just pulled the video up. I have never seen it before. It is so cute! I still love that song.
by Frank Elsworth on 2/5/2013 12:14am
This song is an example of what's called a "misdirect" -- you're led to believe he's talking about a girlfriend, but in the final verse it's revealed that she's actually the cute little girl he's babysitting. Nothing sinister, just a "novelty" song. :-)
by Benny on 12/30/2013 12:47pm
She's just 16 years old, leave her alone, they said
by Joe black on 1/23/2014 11:28am
There's nothing to the song I grew up with my mom playing this song in the house .... The difference between then and now , you sing a song like this to a 3yr old and it was really cut! Nothing weird about of it ... Those were the DAYS . If I had a time machine I'd wana go back there 72
by David Bowie on 2/3/2014 5:45pm
I'm not the singer, however this is my real name.
I find that children around the ages of 2 to 5 years old, in a effort to express their feelings about someone that they are truly close to, admire and love will say that they want to marry that person and will ask that person if they want to marry them.
They are just trying to find out if the person
likes them also.
Two of my daughters told me the same thing when they were around 2 to 3 years old, it is very normal and very innocent.

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