Scarborough Fair (Live in Swaffham Wind Turbine)

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lyrics

We recorded this song at the top of the only accessible wind turbine in the world, 67 metres up in the air. We regarded the turbine a green holy place, in the sense of making the world whole again. The Green Britain Centre in Swaffham that runs the turbine shared a connection with the song in that saving our environment is potentially an impossible task, at least politically speaking, yet nothing the power of love cannot overcome.

We learnt ‘Scarborough Fair’ in its original land, walking from Whitby to Scarborough over four days for a BBC Radio 4 'Soul Music' documentary about the song.

The mill sounds at the beginning and end of the track come from the grinding of the two stones of Swaffham Prior traditional windmill. These sounds merge into the newer turbine’s clanking and milling; thus, the two Swaffham windmills (two counties apart), old and new, both have their place in the modern world, like the merging of traditional aspects of pilgrimage - wooden staves - with the modern - smartphone navigation.

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

Tell her to make me a cambric shirt,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Without any seam or 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,
Where water ne'er sprang nor drop of rain fell,
And then she’ll be a true love of mine.

Tell him to dry it on yonder thorn,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
That never bore blossom since Adam was born,
And then she’ll be a true love of mine.

Will you find me an acre of land?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
Between the sea foam and the sea sand,
Or never be a true love of mine.

Will you plough it with a ram’s horn?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
And sow it all over with one peppercorn,
Or never be a true love of mine.

Will you reap it with a sickle of leather?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
And tie it all up with a peacock’s feather,
Or never be a true love of mine.

Now you’ve done and finished your work
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
You may come to me for your cambric shirt
And then you’ll be a true love of mine.

credits

from To Be A Pilgrim (Songs From The Way To Walsingham), released May 5, 2015
Trad. Arr. Hayward and Parsons

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