Scarborough Fair chords by Simon & Garfunkel


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Scarborough Fair | Chords + Lyrics (capo 7)


Intro

| A13sus4 | Dsus24 Dsus4/F# | Cmaj7 G/B |
||: A13sus4 | Asus2 :||

Verse 1

| A13sus4 | Asus2 | G C/E G | A13sus4 | A7sus2 |
Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
| C | Am7 | C D | A13sus4 | Asus2 | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
| Asus2 | C | C G/B Am7 | G C/E G | C/E G |
Remember me to one who lives there,
| A7omit3 | G C/E | G C/E G | A13sus4 | Asus2 | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
she once was a true love of mine.

Verse 2

| A13sus4 | Asus2 | G C/E G | A13sus4 | A7sus2 |
Tell her to make me a cambric shirt,
| C | Am7 | C D | A13sus4 | Asus2 | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
| Asus2 | C | C G/B Am7 | G C/E G | C/E G |
Without no seams nor needlework,
| A7omit3 | G C/E | G C/E G | A13sus4 | Asus2 | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
then she’ll be a true love of mine.

Verse 3

| A13sus4 | Asus2 | G C/E G | A13sus4 | A7sus2 |
Tell her to find me an acre of land,
| C | Am7 | C D | A13sus4 | Asus2 | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
| Asus2 | C | C G/B Am7 | G C/E G | C/E G |
Between salt water and the sea strands,
| A7omit3 | G C/E | G C/E G | A13sus4 | Asus2 | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
then she’ll be a true love of mine.

Verse 4

| A13sus4 | Asus2 | G C/E G | A13sus4 | A7sus2 |
Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather,
| C | Am7 | C D | A13sus4 | Asus2 | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
| Asus2 | C | C G/B Am7 | G C/E G | C/E G |
And gather it all in a bunch of heather,
| A7omit3 | G C/E | G C/E G | A13sus4 | Asus2 | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
then she’ll be a true love of mine.

Verse 5

| A13sus4 | Asus2 | G C/E G | A13sus4 | A7sus2 |
Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
| C | Am7 | C D | A13sus4 | Asus2 | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.
| Asus2 | C | C G/B Am7 | G C/E G | C/E G |
Remember me to one who lives there,
| A7omit3 | G C/E | G C/E G | A13sus4 | Asus2 | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
she once was a true love of mine.

Outro

| A13sus4 | Dsus24 Dsus4/F# | Cmaj7 G/B | Asus2 |


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Scarborough Fair Chords: Learn the progressions


Scarborough Fair 8 step by step guitar lessons

The chords of Scarborough Fair take full advantage of the II chord. By using the extensions sus2, 13, and sus4, we get a clear sense of the Dorian scale ringing through.

Applying a capo on fret 7, we think in A Dorian, but what you hear is E Dorian.

You can’t change the finger-style patterns or chord shapes, as they are what give Scarborough Fair its distinctive sound.

Above you see the first play-along loop, there are only 6 of these in total as they repeat so often. In the course, we practice these loops at different tempos to ingrain the fingerstyle patterns in our muscle memory.

Here’s the first example in TAB (this is the intro, try playing along already now):

Scarborough Fair chords and TAB, example 1, intro.

The chord names are very complicated and a consequence of the open strings so I wouldn’t worry too much about them at first.

Instead, focus on practising using the TAB loops and you’ll soon be able to do it, it really is all about muscle memory with this one.


Scarbrough Fair chord names

What Scarborough Fair’s chords do is use all kinds of intervals from the Dorian scale, maintaining the open 5th string.

To name these chords can cause all kinds of debate, after all, they are unique due to the open strings, so reading them as you would with any song doesn’t make any sense.

Still, what you see above with chords and lyrics is what Scarborough Fair’s chords are, thinking in A (remember there’s a capo on fret 7!), here’s a full verse:

| A13sus4 (II) | Asus2 | G (I) C/E (IV) G | A13sus4 | A7sus2 |
| C (IV) | Am7 (II) | C (IV) D (V) | A13sus4 | Asus2 | A13sus4 | Asus2 |
| Asus2 | C | C (IV) G/B (I/3) Am7 (II) | G (I) C/E (IV/3) G | C/E G |
| A7omit3 | G C/E | G C/E G | A13sus4 | Asus2 | A13sus4 | Asus2 |

As complicated as these chords may appear, what they do is explain the intervals in them.

When we create a 2nd guitar part, that’s what we focus on, to still include the same extensions, just in a new key by removing the capo. It’s only now that it becomes important what Scarborough Fair’s chord names are.

Members learn it just like the original first, then build that 2nd guitar, complete with TAB and play-along loops.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series: Scarborough Fair – Guitar Lessons with TAB.



Simon & Garfunkel did not write Scarborough Fair!

Originally an old folklore, Scarborough Fair was made worldwide famous by Simon & Garfunkel in 1966 when they released it on the album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme and then again in 1968 as a single.

The single was a consequence of the song being featured in the movie The Graduate (1967), a film that had plenty of Simon & Garfunkel material, including The Sound Of Silence, April Come She Will, and (very suitably), Mrs. Robinson.

As The Graduate became the highest-grossing film of 1967, Simon & Garfunkel became even more famous.

But Scarborough Fair wasn’t just an old tune Paul Simon had found and made famous, he was taught it whilst residing in England after the duo had temporarily parted ways.

The man who taught Paul the tune was Martin Carthy who felt that he should have been included in the credits on the album. After all, he had recorded it as late as 1965.

Before him there were plenty more who tried, Bob Dylan‘s Girl From The North County is based on Scarborough Fair and was released in 1963 on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan where we also find Blowin’ In The Wind.

But the digging hardly stops with Bob, there’s a long list of folk singers dating back to Georgia Ann Griffin in 1939.

If we ignore recorded versions we can keep going even further, some musicologists have gone back to 1670, and a Scottish Folk song where Scarborough Fair probably originated from a ballad called The Elfin Knight.

So Paul Simon didn’t write Scarborough Fair, he did however make it his own.



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