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Postby Methica » Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:45 pm

Hey everyone,

I was actually wondering, I'm a big fan of the song Scarborough Fair, and I've got quite a few versions of several different artists, but I ofcourse would love to know what other versions excist... :P

I got Scarborough Fair from the following artists:
- Amy Nuttall
- Celtic Woman (Hayley Westenra)
- Gregorian
- Hayley Westenra (solo)
- Jennifer Grassman
- Sarah Brightman
- Simon & Garfunkel
- Trínítí
- The Mediaeval Baebes(as Scarborough Fayre)

Who can help me? :D
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Re: Scarborough Fair

Postby jpanarese » Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:55 pm

Methica wrote:Hey everyone,

I was actually wondering, I'm a big fan of the song Scarborough Fair, and I've got quite a few versions of several different artists, but I ofcourse would love to know what other versions excist... :P

I got Scarborough Fair from the following artists:
- Amy Nuttall
- Celtic Woman (Hayley Westenra)
- Gregorian
- Hayley Westenra (solo)
- Jennifer Grassman
- Sarah Brightman
- Simon & Garfunkel
- Trínítí
- The Mediaeval Baebes(as Scarborough Fayre)

Who can help me? :D


Well, there is a version done by Queensrÿche that I personally find pretty good. Probably not your listening taste, but it's on their best of album or a B-Side on the Empire single if you are interested. I believe iTunes sells it as well.

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Re: Scarborough Fair

Postby MáireRhiannon » Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:12 pm

Methica wrote:Hey everyone,

I was actually wondering, I'm a big fan of the song Scarborough Fair, and I've got quite a few versions of several different artists, but I ofcourse would love to know what other versions excist... :P

I got Scarborough Fair from the following artists:
- Amy Nuttall
- Celtic Woman (Hayley Westenra)
- Gregorian
- Hayley Westenra (solo)
- Jennifer Grassman
- Sarah Brightman
- Simon & Garfunkel
- Trínítí
- The Mediaeval Baebes(as Scarborough Fayre)

Who can help me? :D


Wow, Methica, that's quite a list there! :wink: but here's one more for you:

Carly Simon - recorded "Scarborough Fair" on her latest (?) cd called "Into White". It should be available on iTunes and, of course, Amazon. :D
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Re: Scarborough Fair

Postby Phantas » Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:57 pm

Methica wrote:Hey everyone,

I was actually wondering, I'm a big fan of the song Scarborough Fair, and I've got quite a few versions of several different artists, but I ofcourse would love to know what other versions excist... :P

I got Scarborough Fair from the following artists:
- Amy Nuttall
- Celtic Woman (Hayley Westenra)
- Gregorian
- Hayley Westenra (solo)
- Jennifer Grassman
- Sarah Brightman
- Simon & Garfunkel
- Trínítí
- The Mediaeval Baebes(as Scarborough Fayre)

Who can help me? :D


Here's something that might help (from Wikipedia):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarboroug ... rd_version

It lists loads of versions :)

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PS.: yes, I only just thought of that lol!
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Postby lilly » Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:38 am

That is quite the list!! :D I do love that song, though...

Another version you don't have is by Anuna. They're an Irish group - it's good. :)
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Postby Methica » Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:08 pm

Yes I know Anúna, but to be hounest never realy listened to them, still need to... :lol:
I've heard Carly Simons version thanks to a friend who likes her music, but I have to say I don't like it at all. I don't like the sound of her voice, but I can understand people too :P, and to be really hounest, I think her version of Scarborough Fair is horrible! But that's just me,, :roll:
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Postby Grania » Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:30 pm

Did I ever send you the one I've got Methica, by The Madrigal Singers? It's not too bad.

It's one of those songs I've known forever. I've been able to recite all the verses (as far as I know) from memory since I was about 6 :lol: If you want them I'll be happy to oblige!
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Postby Methica » Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:03 pm

Oh yes please! :roll:
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Postby Grania » Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:26 pm

You want all the verses I know...ok, mental exercise time!

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme
Remember me to the one who lives there
For she was once a true love of mine

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt
Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme
Without a seam or needlework
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to wash it in yonder dry well
Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme
Where water ne'er srung nor drop of rain fell
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to dry it on yonder thorn
Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme
Which never bore blossom since Adam was born
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to find me an acre of land
Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme
Between the salt water and the sea strand
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to plough it with a lamb's horn
Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme
And sow it all over with one peppercorn
Then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to reap it with a sickle of leather
Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme
And tie it all up in a peacock's feather
Then She'll be a true love of mine

When you have done and finished your work
Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme
Then come to me with your cambric shirt
Then you shall be a true love of mine

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme
Remember me to the one who lives there
For she was once a true love of mine.

I'm as sure as I can be without checking that that is right :lol:

Someone was saying to me the other day that there is quite a tradition in English traditional songs for 'riddle songs' where lots of impossible tasks, or something similar, are given. However, in most songs the answers are given, but not in this one!!
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Postby Luned » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:29 pm

:shock: Grania, I'm impressed!!! :lol:

I have known the song but somehow never paid attention to the lyrics and now that I'm reading them they sound like a spell, especially with those herbs recurring in every stanza :lol:
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Postby Phantas » Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:45 pm

as a side note, there's quite a bit of info on the wikipedia page I posted earlier on this song, including part of the lyrics and its origins. I'd never read it before then, but it's quite entertaining!

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Postby Methica » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:18 pm

I know the version Jennifer Grassman has recorded has different lyrics, she either made her own, or someone else did...

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

In the night my love was unkind,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
He dreamt of her and left me behind,
He's no more a true love of mine

Want for wealth and comfort so vain
(couldn't transcribe that part)
And so my heart is cleft into twain
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

Deep in the dark night I still see his face
Who now has vanished and left me no trace
Fighting my love and to follow him there,
Wollow my heart to Scarborough Fair

So tell me, are you going to Scarborough Fair,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Remember me to he who lives there,
Who once was a true love of mine,

He once was a true love of mine
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Postby Grania » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:43 pm

I really don't know about that version Methica, I've certainly never seen it before.

The thing about the old songs is that the lyrics do change depending upon who is singing them and where they learnt them....that one however is a long way from the other versions....

@ Luned - thanks :lol:
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Postby Methica » Sun Oct 05, 2008 3:53 pm

Grania wrote:I really don't know about that version Methica, I've certainly never seen it before.

It was the first time I've heard it too. It's a nice version, but I prefer the original lyrics, :)
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Postby Yvonne » Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:15 pm

Hi Methica,

I just saw this topic (I don't often look in this section :lol: ) and I also LOVE Scarborough Fair. I have the version of Angelo Branduardi in Italian and I love it very much. Do you know that one?

Off topic: He has also done a version of Down by the Sally Gardens by the way. The lyrics are translated to Italian and the melody is different, but a lovely song on my favourite album of his, Branduardi canta Yeats.

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Yvonne

P.S. I have always thought that a duet of Angelo and Moya would be a good idea... She has sung with so many people so may be one day it will happen. A Gaelic/Italian song perhaps :D ?
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