It is a traditional English song by an unknown author; It has been versionada in multitude of occasions by diverse artists, being perhaps the most known version the one of Folk Rock duet Simon and Garfunkel.
This song is often sung in the form of a duet with male and female voices in unison; however in the Gregorian version, it is a chorus composed only of male voices singing together in unison.
The theme of this song is about a young man who has been abandoned by his girlfriend; the text invites the listener to go to the Scarborough fair, to ask his former beloved that if she wants him to believe in his love again, he can do impossible things.
How to make a linen shirt without seams, get a spot between the beach and the water, plow with a lamb's horn or plant a whole field with a single grain of pepper.
In the second verse of each stanza the words are repeated: parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.
Constitute a key reason in the song that probably represent symbolically the qualities that the singer wants that both he and his beloved have to make to make possible his return.
Another possible explanation given to why these plants are repeated throughout the song, is that it was believed that with these herbs could be made a very popular love potion during the Middle Ages.
The Scarborough Fair
The name refers to the Scarborough Fair of the 12th century; that in medieval times it represented one of the greatest commercial points of reference in all of England, since it had a huge market that lasted for approximately 45 days from August 15.
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