Scarborough Fair

Wonderful song and words.

Wayfaring Sarah

Hello friends!

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day on Salt Spring Island and a perfect opportunity to record this traditional version of the English folk song – Scarborough Fair. I am sure many of you know this one! Here is the video:

This song is not only a beautiful melodic piece, but contains several witty riddles, which can be interpreted in different ways. To me, it seems as though the narrator is angry, bitter and sarcastic in parts as he relays riddles, which are impossible for his former ‘true love’ to accomplish and it is therefore unlikely that he and this lady will ever be together again. This interpretation is worlds apart from the Simon and Garfunkel sugar-coated version.  These are the lyrics I use, feel free to sing along.

Scarborough Fair

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme,

Remember me to the one who lives…

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