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Rosemary Fair
Traditional. Scheduled for an upcoming Darby CD.
notes: A very old song, in which two would-be lovers set for eachother
impossible tasks.
Rosemary Fair
(Trad.)

G               D7        G             Em    Am                     D                      D7
You can go down to Rosemary Fair - every rose grows many and fine
G              D7     G                  Em     Am                        D7       G
Remember me to one who lives there - he used to be a true lover of mine

Tell him to find me an acre of land - every rose grows many and fine
Between the salt sea and the salt sea strand - if you would be a true lover of mine

Tell him to plough it with a ram’s horn - every rose grows many and fine
And sew it all over with one grain of corn - if you would be a true lover of mine

Tell him to reap it with a cock’s feather - every rose grows many and fine
And bind it all up with a mouse’s tail - if you would be a true lover of mine

Tell him to take it to Rosemary Fair - every rose grows many and fine
And when he arrives, if there’s nobody there - then you shall be a true lover of mine

Since you have been so hard upon me - every rose grows many and fine
I’m going to be as hard upon thee - if you would be a true lover of mine

You can go down to rosemary Fair - every rose grows many and fine
Remember me to one who lives there - if you would be a true lover of mine

Tell her to make me a Cambric shirt - every rose grows many and fine
Made without stitches or a needles work - if you would be a true lover of mine

Tell her to take it to Rosemary Fair- every rose grows many and fine
And when she arrives, if there’s nobody there - then you shall be a true lover of mine