Bob Marley Quotes (Author of Bob Marley - Legend)
Scarborough Fair (ballad)
Dylan re-recorded the song as a duet with Johnny Cash in February The song was written following his first trip to England in December, , upon what he thought to be the completion of his second album. It is debated as to whom this song is a tribute; some claim former girlfriend, Echo Helstrom  , and some Bonnie Beecher , both of whom Dylan knew before leaving for New York. However, it is suspected that this song could have been inspired by his then girlfriend, Suze Rotolo. Dylan left England for Italy to search for Suze, whose continuation of studies there had caused a serious rift in their relationship. Unbeknownst to Dylan, Rotolo had already returned to the United States, leaving about the same time that Dylan arrived in Italy.
Then she'll be a true love of mine. Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Tell her to make me a cambric shirt Parsley, Sage Rosemary and Thyme Without no seems nor needle work 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 strands 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 gather it all in a bunch of heather Then she'll be a true love of mine. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Remember me as one who lived there She once was a true love of mine.
The song implies the tale of a man who instructs the third party to tell his former love, who lives in said fair town, to perform for him a series of impossible tasks, such as making for him a shirt without a seam and no needlework and then washing it in a dry empty well, adding that if she were to complete these tasks he would take her back into his affections. Often the song is sung as a duet, with the woman then giving her sometime lover a series of equally impossible tasks, promising to give him his seamless shirt and her heart once he has finished. As the versions of the ballad known under the title "Scarborough Fair" are usually limited to the exchange of these impossible tasks, many suggestions concerning the plot have been proposed, including the hypothesis that it is about the Great Plague of the late Middle Ages. The lyrics of "Scarborough Fair" appear to have something in common with an obscure Scottish ballad, " The Elfin Knight " Child Ballad 2 , collected by Francis James Child ,  which has been traced as far back as and may well be earlier. The melody is in Dorian mode and is very typical of the middle English period. As the song spread, it was adapted, modified and rewritten to the point that dozens of versions existed by the end of the 18th century, although only a few are typically sung nowadays. The references to the traditional English fair, " Scarborough Fair " and the refrain " parsley , sage , rosemary , and thyme " date to 19th century versions and the refrain may have been borrowed from the ballad Riddles Wisely Expounded , Child Ballad 1 , which has a similar plot.
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