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Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and later electric folk band, formed in 1967 who are still recording and touring today. They are widely regarded as the most important single group in the English folk rock movement. Their seminal album Liege & Lief is generally considered to have launched the electric folk or English folk rock movement, which provided a distinctively English identity to rock music and helped awaken much wider interest in traditional music in general. The large number of personnel who have been part of the band are among the most highly regarded and influential musicians of their era and have gone on to participate in a large number of significant bands, or enjoyed important solo careers. Since 1979 they have hosted the Cropred… more »


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I went down to the hiring fair for to sell my labor
And I noticed a maid in the very next row and I hoped she'd be my neighbor
Imagine then my delight when the farmer picked us both
I spoke not a word in the cart to the farm
But my heart beat in my throat

My lodging was dry and my master fair and I gave him full measure
But my envy grew like the corn in the field for in his house was my treasure
And I'd watch her carry water, or drive cows from the byre
And the heat from the sun made the corn grow strong and with it my desire

Well I'd see her in my dreaming and in my dreams caress
Her eyes, her lips and her dark brown hair, the curves beneath her dress
But harvest time it came at last, so heavy was the task
That the women and the men worked side by side and I had her near at last

And I swung harder with my scythe, few words between us passed
And I cursed my tongue-tied youthfulness and I hoped that she'd hear my heart
When all was safely gathered in and we sat down to rest
My trembling fingers touched her arm, and she placed them on her breast

And then she turned to me as the sun went down
And all my senses reeled
As we lay there on the scented ground
And the moon rose over the field

She was safely gathered in my arms when from the barn
Drifted the sound of a violin and we hurried back to the farm,
And all were dancing in the lantern light and music filled the air
And I thanked my stars for the harvest moon and the girl from the hiring fair

Oh all were dancing in the lantern light
And music filled the air
And I thanked my stars for the harvest moon
And the girl from the hiring fair

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Written by: Ralph McTell

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