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Scarborough Fair/Canticle, provided with The Elfin Knight, Whittingham Fair and Rosemary Lane, and with an Appendix on Riddles Wisely Expounded

Simon & Garfunkel
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C1. SCARBOROUGH FAIR
IL CAVALIERE ELFO

Stavan tre trombettieri su quel colle
Soffiate, soffiate, vènti, soffiate
E suonavan le loro trombe forti e squillanti
E il vento la mia coperta l'ha soffiata via

Se avessi la sua tromba nel mio grembo
E se fossi tra le braccia del ragazzo che più mi piace

Se tu fossi sposato con me
C'è una cosa che tu devi fare per me

Se io faccio per te una camicia in pelle
C'è una cosa che tu devi fare per me

Mio padre ha un acro di terra,
Lo devi seminare con le tue mani

Lo devi seminare senza frumento
E spianarlo con la tibia di una pecora

Lo devi mietere con una falce di cuoiuo
E legarlo con una piuma di pavone

Lo devi ammassare nel mare
E portarmene il fior di farina bello asciutto

E se tu farai questo lavoro tutto quanto,
Vieni da me e avrai la tua camicia.
SCARBOROUGH FAIR

Man and woman


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

Man


Tell her to make me a cambric shirt
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Without any seam nor needlework
And then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to wash it in yonder dry well
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Which never sprung water nor rain ever fell
And 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
And then she'll be a true love of mine

Ask her to do me this courtesy
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
And ask for a like favour from me
And then she'll be a true love of mine

Man and woman


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

Woman


Ask him to find me an acre of land
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Between the salt water and the sea-sand
For then he'll be a true love of mine

Ask him to plough it with a lamb's horn
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
And sow it all over with one peppercorn
For then he'll be a true love of mine

Ask him to reap it with a sickle of leather
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
And gather it up with a rope made of heather
For then he'll be 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

Man and woman


If you say that you can't, then I shall reply
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Oh, Let me know that at least you will try
Or you'll never be a true love of mine

Love imposes impossible tasks
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
But none more than any heart would ask
I must know you're a true love of mine


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