Scarborough Fair/Canticle
Simon & Garfunkel Lyrics


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

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt (in the deep forest green)
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
(Tracing of sparrow on snow-crested ground)
Without no seams nor needle work
(Bedclothes the child of the mountain)
Then she'll be a true love of mine
(Sleeps unaware of the clarion call)

Tell her to find me an acre of land
(A sprinkling of leaves)
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
(Washes the grave with silvery tears)
Between the salt water and the sea strands
(And polishes a gun)
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to reap it with a sickle of leather
(Blazing in scarlet battalions)
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme
(Generals order their soldiers to kill)
And gather it all in a bunch of heather
(A cause they've long ago forgotten)
Then she'll be a true love of mine

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

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Written by: Arthur Garfunkel, Paul Simon

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

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt

(On the side of a hill in the deep forest green)
Parsely, sage, rosemary & thyme
(Tracing a sparrow on snow-crested ground)
Without no seams nor needlework
(Blankets and bedclothes a child of the mountains)
Then she'll be a true love of mine
(Sleeps unaware of the clarion call)
Tell her to find me an acre of land

(On the side of a hill, a sprinkling of leaves)
Parsely, sage, rosemary, & thyme
(Washed is the ground with so many tears)
Between the salt water and the sea strand
(A soldier cleans and polishes a gun)
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather

(War bellows, blazing in scarlet battalions)
Parsely, sage, rosemary & thyme
(Generals order their soldiers to kill)
And to gather it all in a bunch of heather
(And to fight for a cause they've long ago forgotten)
Then she'll be a true love of mine

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



All comments from YouTube:

MerkinMuffly

When I was an introverted kid in 7th grade I listened to Simon & Garfunkel non-stop. This song intrigued me the most. I remember reading Lord of the Rings and
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series for the first time while listening to S&G. They are forever entwined in my mind.

somebodysaccount

So greetings from an introvert 16-year-old, feeling lonely because of the pandemic and listening to Simon & Garfunkel non stop since about a year.

boomerlady

I was in the seventh grade too!!! Is this the universal seventh grade song? Seventh grade for me was 1968. I thought this was the most BEAUTIFUL song I had ever heard. I loved both guys. So college, I thought!

Some One

I remember playing this on the piano with the Piano Adventures book.

Steve Struthers

I was also in Grade 7 (in the mid-1970s) when I discovered the magic of Simon & Garfunkel and particularly the magic of this song. It's been a favourite of mine ever since.

The Folk Revival Project

I've just uploaded a video on the history of Scarborough Fair which will answer many common questions and correct some misconceptions! The video 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

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Ben W.

This is so haunting. Those harmonies are just unreal.

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Michaelene Munro

It is

Some One

Wow. This sounds like one of those songs you would find in medieval movies, or when it’s a sunset, or when you would be exploring some long-ago ruin.

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