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Simon & Garfunkel — Scarborough Fair
Album: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
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Released: 1966
Length: 3:05
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Are you goin' 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 (On the side of a hill in the deep forest green).
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (Tracing a sparrow on snow-crested ground).
Without no seams nor needlework (Blankets and 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 (On the side of a hill, a sprinkling of leaves).
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (Washes the grave with silvery tears).
Between salt water and the sea strands (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).
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (Generals order their soldiers to kill).
And 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, and thyme.
Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine.
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My first 10 rating.  Beautiful beyond words.
-Linda
 VH1 wrote:

Yes I know that! I wrote "wrote some amazing lyrics over the years". This song just reminded me of a lot of them! Better now?
 
Clearly, you did not know that. Nice tap dancing though.
This one transports me back to a good place
oh brother, how daft - yeah, call me shallow
A time of innocence.
Totally perfect....
отстой
 VH1 wrote:
By listening again to this song today, I am more and more convinced, that Paul SImon would have been the more deserving person for this years nobel price for Literature than this arrogant selfimportant axxhole Bob Dylan! 

Paul wrote amazing lyrics over the years and beautiful songs. 
 
I agree fully, even though, as some have noted already, this song isn't his.
I was 11 years old when this album was released - just beginning the years of teenage angst, and it started a life-long love affair with the musical genius of Paul Simon.  A great deal of his music has calmed my soul better than any other artist, but also made me contemplate life's lessons.  Watching him recently on the Stephen Colbert show, reinforced my believe that he is one of the true musical giants of the past half century.
That sounded spooky good for some reason 

 radioparadise9 wrote:




 
 VH1 wrote:
By listening again to this song today, I am more and more convinced, that Paul SImon would have been the more deserving person for this years nobel price for Literature than this arrogant selfimportant axxhole Bob Dylan! 

Paul wrote amazing lyrics over the years and beautiful songs. 

IMHO
Songwriters:
1 Bob Dylan
2 Leonard Cohen
.
.
The rest are basically one hit wonders

YMMV


 



 cavemanleong wrote:
Amazing song writing! Play more Simon and Garfunkel please.
   I AGREE   
 Tomasni wrote:
To me this is 8 - Most Excellent

 
100% agreed!  Long Live RP!!
Amazing song writing! Play more Simon and Garfunkel please.
 VH1 wrote:

Yes I know that! I wrote "wrote some amazing lyrics over the years". This song just reminded me of a lot of them! Better now?{#Confused}

 
Verily.  {#Wink}
You hear this song? Now go listen to "Bridge". Then go listen to "America". Then go listen to "Mrs Robinson". 

Freaking unbelievable!  Only the Beatles and Neil Young come close to that level of diverse song writing Nirvana.  

Thank you  Simon & Garfunkel
for your version of Scarborough Fair

To  8 - Most Excellent


Scarborough Fair" is a traditional English ballad about the Yorkshire town of Scarborough. 

But a great version,   I love this song! 
This surpasses all objective criticism; it is beyond sublime; It can still bring me to tears...
This is so good that any comment is just pointless. 
 Proclivities wrote:

Perhaps, but Paul Simon did not write this song.

 
Yes I know that! I wrote "wrote some amazing lyrics over the years". This song just reminded me of a lot of them! Better now?{#Confused}
 VH1 wrote:
By listening again to this song today, I am more and more convinced, that Paul SImon would have been the more deserving person for this years nobel price for Literature than this arrogant selfimportant axxhole Bob Dylan! 

Paul wrote amazing lyrics over the years and beautiful songs. 

 
The song in its current form dates back to the 19th century, although the origins are much earlier.
Paul Simon learned it from Martin Carthy in 1965.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarborough_Fair_(ballad)

Pretty decent cover though.
 VH1 wrote:
By listening again to this song today, I am more and more convinced, that Paul SImon would have been the more deserving person for this years nobel price for Literature than this arrogant selfimportant axxhole Bob Dylan! 

Paul wrote amazing lyrics over the years and beautiful songs. 

 
Perhaps, but Paul Simon did not write this song.
I always thought "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme" would be a great name for a big-city law firm.  {#Cheesygrin}

Love the song; the harpsichord caught my ear, which led me to start listening to and appreciating Baroque music.
By listening again to this song today, I am more and more convinced, that Paul SImon would have been the more deserving person for this years nobel price for Literature than this arrogant selfimportant axxhole Bob Dylan! 

Paul wrote amazing lyrics over the years and beautiful songs. 
Listen also this.
Doesn't get much better than this. Along with Sounds of Silence and The Boxer, perhaps one of the best folk-pop songs there is.
Beautiful.
Extraordinary song.
Beautiful!{#Clap}
Timeless! Reminds me of the time I met my wife in registration line at a university; that was 26 years ago.{#Kiss}
Forgot just how truly beautiful this piece is - majestic.
Wow! This was genius...
Still one of my favorite songs of all time... 
 Chrisjea wrote:
Nice way to start the morning.  Thanks RP

 
If I may say so, nice way to embellish any moment of one's life. Cheers! {#Cheers}
Nice way to start the morning.  Thanks RP
This song is just so timeless and beautiful. The harmonies and descants are everything.
 ench wrote:

I've met (unrelated) women named Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme... Parsley would be in for some teasing though.

 
Here's a Parsley for you.  
Ambrosia Parsley  Ambrosia Parsley that is... 
Never in danger of beeing overheard.
Still an amazing song, even after all these years.
Paul and Arty doing what they do best.
Stone cold classic.
I prefer the Queensryche version - have a search on Youtube for it - starts similar to S & G then it really gets rocking - gives me goosebumps every time!
Why not just say some plain and simple truth with words from the heart? I love this song and it makes me feel good. 
 dragon1952 wrote:
As much as I hate Paul Simon solo, this has got to be one of the top 10 songs ever.

 
Abso...f...lutely..... Worund take it with me on to a lonely island....as it is two in one...and so perrrrrfect 
 ench wrote:

I've met (unrelated) women named Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme... Parsley would be in for some teasing though.

 
What, Thyme is any better? 
They should put the konami code in the site to give songs like this a 11 rating. {#Notworthy}
As much as I hate Paul Simon solo, this has got to be one of the top 10 songs ever.
 Aud wrote:


Would you also pay for their psych counseling?

 
I've met (unrelated) women named Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme... Parsley would be in for some teasing though.
Thanks for this song. It's just brilliant. If I ever have to go to a deserted island, I'll take .scarborough Fair because its two songs in one. Such a fine tune.
big stud romeotuma wrote: 

everybody in my alien space crafts loves this song, and this poem from the era...

First Party At Ken Kesey's With Hell's Angels
by Allen Ginsberg, December 1965

Cool black night thru redwoods
cars parked outside in shade
behind the gate, stars dim above
the ravine, a fire burning by the side
porch and a few tired souls hunched over
in black leather jackets. In the huge
wooden house, a yellow chandelier
at 3 A.M. the blast of loudspeakers
hi-fi Rolling Stones Ray Charles Beatles
Jumping Joe Jackson and twenty youths
dancing to the vibration thru the floor,
a little weed in the bathroom, girls in scarlet
tights, one muscular smooth skinned man
sweating dancing for hours, beer cans
bent littering the yard, a hanged man
sculpture dangling from a high creek branch,
children sleeping softly in their bedroom bunks.
And 4 police cars parked outside the painted
gate, red lights revolving in the leaves.

 
Was this album really released the month before I turned 10?!
We used to listen to it in Mrs. Macy's art class.
She also brought in the Life magazine that featured photos of 242 American servicemen killed in a single week of fighting during the Vietnam War. (It was a June 1969 edition.)
So I guess the album was a few years old when she played it for us. 
 
Wonder why Pentangle have'nt done this one....
My first memory of this song was listening it on my personal mono AM alarm radio for kids. I think I was 5 or 6 years old. Around 1988. I really really liked it, but never heared the song again for years. It was among a few songs I really liked. Years later I discovered that it was a song from Simon & Garfunkel. The other songs were from the Birds, the Beach Boys and (the accoustic version of Hotel California) the Eagles.
My parents were amused that I listened to the old crap as they named it. But those songs are still good while most of the 80's and 90's sound outdated and are ready to become forgotten.
 tfioreze wrote:
Sublime baroque-kind-of-song then :)
 

Proclivities wrote:

It's a little newer than medieval - likely from as early as the 17th Century.

 

 
Okay.  {#Cheers}  I'll raise a tankard o' mead to ye.
 lemmoth wrote:

I remember listening to Simon and Garfunkle on Robert Froner's Reel to Reel in his backyard.

Wow.

 

That is great,   I love this song!   My uncle still listens to music on  reel to reel>
 Amyjacksoncc wrote:
My first favorite song as a girl ... 
 
You were in drag listening to this?
One of the classic theme songs for us Baby Boomers.  Takes me back to my college days.
Paul Simon has been making amazing music for a very, very long time. 
Whoever voted "1" for this song has no concept of "beautiful."
 Phlegmaticman wrote:
I used to know a cat named PSRT, which was an acronym. Pronounced "sert."

abbey_normal wrote:

If I ever ended up with quadruplets, I'd name them Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.

I would.




 



 

Would you also pay for their psych counseling?
My first favorite song as a girl ... 
Sublime baroque-kind-of-song then :)
 

Proclivities wrote:

It's a little newer than medieval - likely from as early as the 17th Century.

 


{#Good-vibes}   Ah...beautiful music is a wonder...SF is wonderful for the right moment



Fond of. 
 tfioreze wrote:
Sublime medieval-kind-of-song

 
It's a little newer than medieval - likely from as early as the 17th Century.
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Sublime medieval-kind-of-song
makes me want some hasenpfeffer
{#Bananapiano}   G O D L I K E +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
My partner and I recently watched "The Graduate" - the movie has not aged well, but the soundtrack, of which this is part, is still glorious.

 
The movie was before my time, but I view at rather timeless. There will always be  Mrs. Robinsons and Benjamins. The script and the way the movie is shot is brilliant. One of the few pre-1970 films I enjoy watching over and over along with Paul Newman movies and Spaghetti Westerns.
This was on the Graduate movie soundtrack. The first album I was able to load and play
on my Mom's stereo when I was 7, in 1971. I listened to it endlessly!
As beautiful as a song can be.
 eswiley2 wrote:
Only one that tops this is...  Bridge Over Troubled Water.   {#Meditate}
 
I would say The Boxer. 
 DaveInVA wrote:


 
I remember listening to Simon and Garfunkle on Robert Froner's Reel to Reel in his backyard.

Wow.
Whenever I hear this, I see Dustin Hoffman driving an Alfa Romeo Spider up to Berkeley......"E-LAAAAAAAINNNNE!!!!!"
I used to know a cat named PSRT, which was an acronym. Pronounced "sert."

abbey_normal wrote:

If I ever ended up with quadruplets, I'd name them Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.

I would.




 



amazing how beautiful this song really is...  love it...
 

My partner and I recently watched "The Graduate" - the movie has not aged well, but the soundtrack, of which this is part, is still glorious.

incredible song...  from a truly great album...
 
Ahh, the memories-10th grade- 1st date-"The Graduate"- Dustin Hoffman driving his red sports car
 abbey_normal wrote:

If I ever ended up with quadruplets, I'd name them Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.

I would.



 
You'd have a great tradition to follow: Ambrosia Parsley, Rachel Sage, Rosemary Clooney, and Thyme—all backed up by Thyme's band, Thyme. Get all that? {#Lol}
Such a lovely simple album.
10!  10!  10!  {#Heartkiss}
 danuneken wrote:
Always loved how this song on "The Rock Machine Turns You On" album was followed by Taj Mahals' "Statesboro' Blues" !!!
Nice a change of pace!


 
I wore that album out. Then I saw TM at the Albert Hall with It's a Beautiful Day. Good times for a kid.
Definition of a true classic.  Paul Simon = poet.

(Hanging in Perth on business, love that RP sounds just fine here!)
 mistabird wrote:

ein sehr schönes lied  ich liebe es  {#Heartkiss}

 
Ich auch! 

ein sehr schönes lied  ich liebe es  {#Heartkiss}





Everybody in my hotel room loves this magnificent song...  people all over the hotel are shouting at me to turn up the volume...  I will acquiesce to their request...  volume is wayyyy up...


 

 Tana wrote:
What an utterly gorgeous song! And it holds up remarkably well over time, perhaps because it's like a folk song.
 
Half of it is a folk song. See Romeotuna's comment below. 

If I ever ended up with quadruplets, I'd name them Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.

I would.





absolutely magnificent song...

 
What an utterly gorgeous song! And it holds up remarkably well over time, perhaps because it's like a folk song.

One word... {#Puke}


One Word: Timeless!!




This song is wonderful...  love it...



 jagdriver wrote:
Not so. My listening crosses many genres, with my collection numbering over 100,000 tracks. I like certain songs that bring out my so-called feminine side, but I could never appreciate Artie's perceived talent. Ever. Paul I can take in limited doses.
 
Hmm. I was ready to sorta leave this one alone, but the "sheer volume" argument—it could be 100,000 tracks of Britney Spears, Air Supply, and Barry Manilow—means zippo. Stick with taste. Desgustibus non disputandum est.
I am not a huge Simon and Garfunkel fan (though not a hater either) but I love this song in any incarnation. This is just a great song!
 Nerubo wrote:

Flat out brilliant.

For a long time, I let my opinion of whether something was "wimpy" or whatnot interfere with my enjoyment of music. If you let that be your main criteria, you end up listening to a narrow range of rock music.  I'm mostly over that, although there are some songs I'm more likely to blast out the car window than others.  If I was blasting this song, I'd be doing it ironically (and here I didn't think I was one of those damn hipsters).
 
 
Not so. My listening crosses many genres, with my collection numbering over 100,000 tracks. I like certain songs that bring out my so-called feminine side, but I could never appreciate Artie's perceived talent. Ever. Paul I can take in limited doses.
 jagdriver wrote:
Flat out wimpy.
 
Flat out brilliant.

For a long time, I let my opinion of whether something was "wimpy" or whatnot interfere with my enjoyment of music. If you let that be your main criteria, you end up listening to a narrow range of rock music.  I'm mostly over that, although there are some songs I'm more likely to blast out the car window than others.  If I was blasting this song, I'd be doing it ironically (and here I didn't think I was one of those damn hipsters).
 
Flat out wimpy.
Only one that tops this is...  Bridge Over Troubled Water.   {#Meditate}
snore
{#Yawn} Booooo...........rrrrriiiiiiii..........{#Sleep}

(Not to mention that I will also dream about what herbs i need for baking fish...)

Parsley, I just buy it at the store, too hard to grow. Sage, just planted my summer crop yesterday. Rosemary, I killed off my last bush this winter, need to go buy another. Thyme, it just keeps coming back every spring, hard winter or no. Now if I can just keep my French Tarragaon around another season.

Only one Simon & Garfunkel. Only one. Nothing else close.
 jagdriver wrote:
Reading 10 on the Wimpometer.
 
Oh come on. Nothing says masculinity like a harpsichord.

 fredriley wrote:
I've been to Scarborough a few times, but I don't ever remember there ever being a fair, let alone loads of sage, rosemary and thyme. A wide open South Beach, posh hotels in the middle, and some real tat shops up at the North end, but no fair. Reckon S&G have sold us a pup on that one.
 
Apparently, the Scarborough Fairs ended in the 18th Century.  Paul Simon didn't wholly compose this tune; he derived it from a traditional English ballad, which was also from that time period (but you probably know that).


Reading 10 on the Wimpometer.
Always loved how this song on "The Rock Machine Turns You On" album was followed by Taj Mahals' "Statesboro' Blues" !!!
Nice a change of pace!



THAT helps explain it!  I was blaming my sleepiness on the Thanksgiving lunch we just had at my place of work...

 
salide wrote:
Bill please pick up the pace! Ive been nodding off since K.D. Lang. {#Bananajam}
 


Bill please pick up the pace! Ive been nodding off since K.D. Lang. {#Bananajam}
9 -> 10! Thank you Bill {#Good-vibes}
 fredriley wrote:
I've been to Scarborough a few times, but I don't ever remember there ever being a fair, let alone loads of sage, rosemary and thyme. A wide open South Beach, posh hotels in the middle, and some real tat shops up at the North end, but no fair. Reckon S&G have sold us a pup on that one.
 
Maybe they have a fair here {#Tongue}
 coolpeople_rule wrote:
As close to perfection as it gets.

 

Like your comment is.

 

 


As close to perfection as it gets.

Timeless