Canciones que hoy serian delito: Simon & Garfunkel - Scarborough Fair (Full Version) Lyrics
Scarborough is a small town on the coast of England. The "Scarborough
Fair" was a popular gathering in Medieval times, attracting traders and
entertainers from all over the country. The fair lasted 45 days and
started every August 15th. In the 1600s, mineral waters were found in
Scarborough and it became a resort town. Today, Scarborough is a quiet
town with a rich history. (thanks, Sheryl - Seal Rock, OR)
In Medieval England, this became a popular folk song as Bards would sing
it when they traveled from town to town. The author of the song is
unknown, and many different versions exist. The traditional version has
many more lyrics.
Paul Simon learned about this song when he was on tour in England, where
he heard a version by a popular folk singer named Martin Carthy. When
Carthy heard Simon & Garfunkel's rendition, he accused Simon of
stealing his arrangement. Carthy and Simon did not speak until 2000,
when Simon asked Carthy to perform this with him at a show in London.
Carthy put his differences aside and did the show.
Martin Carthy learned the song from a Ewan MacColl songbook, and had
recorded it on his first album, according to BBC's Patrick Hamphries.
Paul Simon admitted to the July 2011 edition of Mojo magazine: "The
version I was playing was definitely what I could remember of Martin's
version, but he didn't teach it to me. Really, it was just naivety on my
part that we didn't credit it as his arrangement of a traditional tune.
I didn't know you had to do that. Then later on, Martin's publisher
contacted me and we made a pretty substantial monetary settlement that
he was supposed to split with Martin, But unbeknown to me, Martin got
The lyrics are about a man trying to attain his true love. In Medieval
times, the herbs mentioned in the song represented virtues that were
important to the lyrics. Parsley was comfort, sage was strength,
rosemary was love, and thyme was courage.
This was not released as a single until 1968, when it was used in the
Dustin Hoffman movie The Graduate. It is on the soundtrack.
Before Simon & Garfunkel got to it, Bob Dylan used the lines,
"Remember me to one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine"
in his 1963 song "Girl From The North Country."
"Scarborough Fair" and "Canticle" are 2 songs that are sung
simultaneously to create this piece. The first and last verses are
"Scarborough Fair," but lines from "Canticle" alternate after the first
line of the other verses, so "On the side of a hill in a deep forest
green" and "Tracing of sparrow on snow-crested ground" are from
This song is often listed as "Scarborough Fair/Canticle." On The Paul
Simon Songbook, a little known 1965 UK album of Simon-solo demos, there
is a song called "The Side Of a Hill." "The Side Of a Hill" was reworked
into the Canticle part of "Scarborough Fair." (thanks, Jesse - Roanoke,
With its implicit anti-Vietnam War message, this was used in The Wonder
Years TV series in a scene where Kevin Arnold embraces Winnie Cooper
while the song was played at the end of the episode. In the show,
Winnie's brother had been killed in Vietnam. (thanks, Marciliano -