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Scarborough Fair
Traditional Lyrics


(both)
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.

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

Tell her to wash it in yonder dry well,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Which never sprung water nor rain ever fell,
And then she'll be a true love of mine.

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

Ask her to do me this courtesy,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
And ask for a like favour from me,
And then she'll be a true love of mine.

(both)
Have you been to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Remember me from one who lives there,
For he once was a true love of mine.

(woman)
Ask him to find me an acre of land,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Between the salt water and the sea-sand,
For then he'll be a true love of mine.

Ask him to plough it with a lamb's horn,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
And sow it all over with one peppercorn,
For then he'll be a true love of mine.

Ask him to reap it with a sickle of leather,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
And gather it up with a rope made of heather,
For then he'll be a true love of mine.

When he has done and finished his work,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Ask him to come for his cambric shirt,
For then he'll be a true love of mine.

(both)
If you say that you can't, then I shall reply,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Oh, Let me know that at least you will try,
Or you'll never be a true love of mine.

Love imposes impossible tasks,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
But none more than any heart would ask,
I must know you're a true love of mine.

Contributed by Dylan S. Suggest a correction in the comments below.
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Comments from YouTube:

fz7n71

This is just how the song is meant to be - simple beauty. After watching many other versions, I finally arrived here by chance and so pleased I did. Thank you.

The Folk Revival Project

I've just uploaded my own video on the history of Scarborough Fair which will answer many unanswered questions! It includes over 30 traditional recordings of variants of the ballad, and discusses the actual origin of the famous melody.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adlHgFxdoFw&t=194s

Yana Ainsanova

Thanks :)

Thomas Lacaze

That is exactly what I was looking for: a guitar, a flute and a voice.

Mikhail Bogatyrev

Эта песня вплелась в мою судьбу, как лента в косу. Оба ваших исполнения на русском и английском - прекрасны 🌞👏

Gabriel Rodrigues

Lovely version!

Эволиет

Невероятно красивый голос!!! Благодаря Вам, Яна, мой плейлист заполнился балладами и, наконец, появилось вдохновение. Большое спасибо!
P.S.: Рыжий Вам очень идёт!

Revival

интересно, почему Яночка поет баллады и подобные вещи? нравится атмосфера рыцарской эпохи и благородного фэнтези или просто голос подходит именно под такой стиль?

Yana Ainsanova

Спасибо Вам, что слушаете и вдохновляете!

Michael Shen

Thanks for it😉 I see u have a new hairstyle, I think its suits u😊

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