Scarborough Fair

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Scarborough Fair is a British folk song. Many versions and variations exist, here we combined two different traditional tunes.

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

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt
Ask him to find me an acre of land
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Without no seam nor fine needlework, and then
Between the salt water and the sea-strand
Then she'll be a true love of mine
For then he'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to wash it in yonder dry well
Ask him to plough it with a lamb's horn
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Which never sprung water nor rain ever fell, and then
And sow it all with one peppercorn
Then she'll be a true love of mine
For then he'll be a true love of mine
Tell her to dry it on yonder thorn

Ask him to reap it with a sickle of leather
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Which never bore blossom since Adam was born, and then
And gather it up with a rope made of heather
Then she'll be a true love of mine
For then he'll be a true love of mine
Ask her to do me this courtesy

When he has done and finished his work
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
And ask for a like favour from me, and then
Ask him to come for his cambric shirt
Then she'll be a true love of mine
For then he'll be a true love of mine

If you say that you can't, I shall reply
Say that you can't, then I shall reply
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
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
Or you'll never be a true love of mine

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

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from Songs of the Strange, released March 5, 2013

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