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Scarborough Fair/Canticle Lyrics

Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Album: Best Of Simon And Garfunkel

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

On the side of a hill in the deep forest green.
Tracing of sparrow on snow-crested brown.
Blankets and bedclothes the child of the mountain
Sleeps unaware of the clarion call.

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt:
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme;
Without no seams nor needle work,
Then she'll be a true love of mine.

On the side of a hill a sprinkling of leaves.
Washes the grave with silvery tears.
A soldier cleans and polishes a gun.
Sleeps unaware of the clarion call.

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.

War bellows blazing in scarlet battalions.
General order their soldiers to kill.
And to fight for a cause they've long ago forgotten.

Tell her to reap it with a sickle of leather:
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme;
And gather it all in a bunch of heather,
Then she'll be a true love of mine.
Comments/Interpretations
by isis coutroulis on 6/25/2008 11:01am
interesting to notice how few YOUNG native english speakers don't fully understand the words of the poem (written just 4 decades ago)
by scooterboy on 9/10/2011 9:36pm
Due to the proliferation of multifunctional cell devices, etc. Advanced english literacy is trending ever upwards amongst the web literate which includes the young.
by iwasyfish on 3/24/2014 6:01am
Due to the proliferation of multifunctional cell devices, etc, I was able to quickly verify that this song (at least the Scarborough Fair half) was written much earlier than four decades ago.


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