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Scarborough Fair: Lyrics, Chords and Lead Sheet

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

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

Tell her to weave it in a sycamore wood lane.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Gather it up in a basket of flowers
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Have her wash it in yonder dry well
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Where water ne'er sprung, nor drop of rain fell.
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to to find me an acre of land.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Between the sea foam and over the sand.
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Plow the land with the horn of a lamb.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Then sow some seeds from north of the dam.
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Have her reap it with a sickle of leather.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Gather it up in a bunch of heather.
Then she'll be a true love of mine

If she tells me she can't, then I'll reply.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Let me know, that at least she will try.
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Love imposes impossible tasks 
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Though not more than any heart asks.
And I must know she's true love of mine

When thou has finished thy task.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Come to me my hand for to ask.
For then you'll be a true love of mine

Additional verses:

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, 
Parsely, sage, rosemary, and thyme, 
And ask for a like favor from me, 
And then she'll be a true love of mine.

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.

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.

 

Music excerpt (click on image for pdf version in d and e (dorian mode))

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