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Thread #120379 Message #3869493
Posted By: GUEST,guest
02-Aug-17 - 01:21 AM
Thread Name: Riddle Songs??
Subject: RE: Riddle Songs??
No one mentioned this version of "Scarborough Faire" which I learned from a Mick Hanly album and I believe he got from "More Irish Street Ballads"
I think a its great alternative to the sappy "Partially sage, rosemary etc."
It seems they are all sexual riddles, I wonder are there older versions of this song, was riddling a favorite Anglo-Saxon form of literature?
As sung by Mick Hanly
You may go down to Rosemary Faire
Every rose grows merry and fine
Find for me the finest girl there
And she can be a true lover of mine
Have her make me a cambric shirt
Every rose . . .(refrain)
Without thread or needle work
And she can be. . . (refrain-she)
Have her wash it in yonder well
With water that never was rain that fell
Have her hang it on a thorn
That never did bloom since Adam was born
Have her bring it to Rosemary Faire
When she arrives there'll be nobody there
Since you've been so hard upon me
I will be as hard upon thee
And he can be a true lover of mine (refrain-he)
Have him find me an acre of land
Between the salt sea and the salt sea strand
Have him plow it with a horn
And sew it all with a single corn
Have him cut it with a feather
And bind it up with stockings of leather
Have him cart it on a snail
And thresh it down with a mousie's tail
Have him bring it to Rosemary Faire
When he arrives there'll be nobody there