Hiyas… late today on my SLS post. Was debating between “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” and “Incense and Peppermints” last night, but I got the sleepy tireds. When I woke up this morning, I saw that both those songs had been done already and everyone was avoiding the obvious choice of “Scarborough Fair.” Well then! Guess which one I’m doing? Thanks to our host Jim Adams for providing a fun array of spicy words on the condiment cart.
“Scarborough Fair” is an olde English folk song, from the Middle Ages. I found a cool site that explains the lines in detail. I’m not going to copypasta the entire description here. The fair itself is a marketplace of vendors and the main idea of the song is unrequited love. It’s meant to be a duet between a man and a woman, which is why I chose a version other than S&G’s. The man describes a series of impossible tasks that his love should carry out in order to prove she is his true love. Then the woman counters with impossible tasks for him to do in return. There are some interesting theories about the song, such as it is meant to be a riddle rather than taken at face value. Another theory is that the man is actually deceased and it is a song of mourning.
The Simon & Garfunkel version was played in The Graduate, one of my very favorite movies. Even so, I found a version plus a video I like better. I hope you enjoy it too!
©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.
Image credited to Jim Adams.