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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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    UnregisteredAug 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm
    He is lamenting the lost of his true love, and sending messages to her about what to do to rekindle the love that will bring them back together.
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    UnregisteredApr 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm
    I am singing this song on saturday, the 21st, for a competition and originally, i love the song. To hear it done brilliantly here is wonderful, as the two boys execute it with soft precision and a delicacy only they can do. Thank you for doing such a song!!
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    shalomApr 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm
    I have only ever heard this song without the ( ) lyrics. Here is what I believe it all means. I believe that this man was deeply hurt by his lover, who left him. He is asking her to do that which is impossible, and if she does so, she will again be his true love. Basically, he still loves her, but is bitter. The parentheses lyrics seem to indicate a different aspect of the song, which implies the man is about to go to war, and has a need for closure regarding his ex-lover. The singer is expressing the deepest love imaginable, with the deepest wound of hurt accompanying it. ouch.

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