She moved through the Fair lyrics and chords

The lyrics to She Moved Through the Fair are wistful and melancholy but beautiful at the same time.

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The song is very old and the lyrics may have been rewritten by the poet Padraic Colum who was the first person to collect and publish the song at the start of the 20th century. Musicians will note that the song is in the myxolydian mode which gives it a foreign, eastern feel. Nevertheless, it can be harmonised perfectly well using just four chords.

She Moved Through the Fair lyrics and chords

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D 
My 
 
 
G 
young love said to  
D 
me my  
C 
mother won’t  
D 
mind
 
And my  
C 
father won’t  
D 
slight you for  
G 
your lack of  
D 
kine
 
And she  
C 
stepped away from  
D 
me and  
G 
this she did  
D 
say
 
It  
G 
will not be  
D 
long love till  
C 
our wedding  
D 
day.

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She stepped away from me and she moved through the fair,
And fondly I watched her move here and move there;
And then she went homeward with one star awake,
As the swan in the evening moves over the lake.

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

I dreamt it last night that my young love came in,
So softly she came that her feet made no din;
And she laid her hand on me and this she did say,
“It will not be long, love, till our wedding day.”

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She Moved Through the Fair print version

[D]My [G]young love said to [D]me my [C]mother won’t [D]mind
And my [C]father won’t [D]slight you for [G]your lack of [D]kine
And she [C]stepped away from [D]me and [G]this she did [D]say
It [G]will not be [D]long love till [C]our wedding [D]day.[/chordsandlyrics]

She stepped away from me and she moved through the fair,
And fondly I watched her move here and move there;
And then she went homeward with one star awake,
As the swan in the evening moves over the lake.

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

I dreamt it last night that my young love came in,
So softly she came that her feet made no din;
And she laid her hand on me and this she did say,
“It will not be long, love, till our wedding day.”

She moved through the Fair
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Lyrics and chords

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