She Moved Through The Fair
Trad; arr. Mackinnon
Most well-known songs are well-known for a reason; that the lyrics and tune resonate with many people. This is one of my all-time favourites.
My young love said to me “my mother won’t mind”
“And my father won’t slight you for your lack of kind”
And she stepped away from me and this she did say
“It will not be long, love, til our wedding day”
She stepped away from me, and she moved through the fair
And fondly i watched her move here and move there.
And she turned her way homeward with one star awake
As the swan in the evening moves over the lake.
The people were saying “no two were e’er wed”
But one has a sorrow that never was said
And she smiled as she passed me with her goods and her gear
And that was the last that I saw of my dear
Last night she came to me, my true love came in
She came in so easy her feet made no din
And she laid her hands on me and this she did say
“It will not be long, love, til our wedding day”.