She Moved Through The Fair

SHE MOVED THROUGH THE AIR

Words & Music: Traditional, arranged by Jam Nation & Caroline Lavelle

I once had a sweetheart, I loved her right well
I loved her far better than my tongue can tell
Her parents did slight me for the want of guile
Adieu to all pleasure since I lost my dear

She went away from me and moved through the fair
Where hand-clapping dealers’ loud shouts rent the air
The sunlight about her did sparkle and flame
Saying, “It will not be long, love, ’til our wedding day”

When dew falls on meadows and moths fill the night
When glow from the greesach on half-froze, half-light
I’ll slip from my casement and I’ll run away
Then it will not be long, love, ’til our wedding day

I dreamed last night that my love came in
She came in so easy, her feet made no din
She came stepping up to me and this she did say
“It will not be long, love, ’til our wedding day”


This song can be found on the 1995 album A Week Into The Real World. The album features various artists and captures songs recorded during Peter Gabriel’s Real World recording weeks. I took part of several sessions in the early ’90s, and (after having recorded¬†Home Of The Whale with Massive Attack) I met William Orbit during one them. This resulted in us working together on my first album, Spirit.

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