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she moved through the fair


composer
Traditional


publisher
© 1995 EMI (Virgin) Music Publishing Ltd


background
Information to be added soon


TH: Jim, you and I havenít worked together since 1988 when we did Street Fighting Years.
JK: Of course the big success was when we did a track called Belfast Child which was a traditional Irish folk song based on the air She Moved Through The Fair. And we had played around with it, but we were never in a million years going to do it, because we were Simple Minds. We didn't do folk stuff. We were a big rock band, we were electro, and we were all that stuff... And yet you wouldn't let it go. You were 'You have to do this. You've got to do it.' And lo and behold, the song that was never meant to happen, goes on and becomes a number one. And it was our only number one ever in the UK; and in some places in Europe. But it became this epic.

Trevor Horn and Jim Kerr
Jim Kerr and Trevor Horn in Discussion
Posted 4th February 2019





lyrics
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 laid her hand on me and this she did say,
It will not be long now 'til our wedding Day.

And she went away from me, she moved through the fair,
And fondly I watched her move here and move there.
And then she went onward, just one star awake,
Like the swan in the evening moves over the lake.

The people were saying no two e'er were wed,
But one had a sorrow that never was said.
And I smiled as she passed with her goods and her gear,
And that was the last that I saw of my dear.

Last night she came to me, my dead love came in,
So softly she came her feet made no din.
And she laid her hand on me and this she did say,
It will not be long now 'til our wedding day.






sessions
Billy Sloan, Radio Clyde: 14th April 2002