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Whittingham Fair (SCARBOROUGH FAIR) ~ Scarecrow Lane

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Published on May 7, 2012

SCARECROW LANE IS A MUSIC PROJECT BY ROB MATTHEW REDHEAD SINGER/SONGWRITER FROM ENGLAND UK. THE ORIGINAL OLD FOLK SONG SCARBOROUGH FAIR WAS ORIGINALLY NAMED WHITTINGHAM FAIR AFTER THE SMALL NORTHUMBRIAN VILLAGE IN ENGLAND. ROB MATTHEW REDHEAD SPENT PART OF HIS CHILDHOOD IN WHITTINGHAM. THIS VERSION HAS BEEN REWORKED BY HIM CREATING HIS OWN VERSION OF THE SONG.

The oldest known version of The Elfin Knight is in a Ballad Sheet from 1673. Many variants of the song have been collected both in the British Isles and North America. The "Parsley Sage..." refrain seems to be particular to the North East of England and the version commonly sung was collected from a retired Lead Miner from Teessdale called Mark Anderson. Similar versions have been collected in and around Whitby and the Northumbrian Minstrelsy carries a similar version titled "Whittingham Fair", Whittingham being a village in Northumberland on the River Alne.

whittingham fair

Are you going to whittingham 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 no seam nor fine needlework,
And then shell 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-strand,
And then shell be a true love of mine.

Tell her to plough it with a land's (sheeps) horn,
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,
And to sow it all over with one peppercorn,
And then shell be a true love of mine.

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

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