Designed & produced by Eric Maclewis


She Moved Through The Fair
- based upon Sinead O'Connor's version -

My young love said to me
My mother won't mind
And my father won't slight you
For your lack of kind
She went away from me
And this she did say:
It will not be long Love
'Til our wedding day

She went away from me
And she moved through the fair
And slowly I watched her
Move here and move there
She went her way homeward
With one star awake
As 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) (*)

I dreamed last night
That my own love came in
She came in so sweetly
Her feet made no din
She stepped upside me
And this she did say:
It will not be long
'Til our wedding day

(*) verse added later by Padraic Colum

She Moved Through The Fair



The song is probably of Irish origin although it can be found on both sides of the Irish Sea, in Ireland and Scotland.

The air seems to belong to an old - even very old - fund, especially because of the melodic structure.

The lyrics coexist in several versions, especially depending on whether deceased love is a woman or a man as in Sinead O'Connor's version.
They have often been claimed by the collectors (such as Padraic Colum) who has supplemented pre-existing verses whose origin is probably lost forever…

The score for Scottish bagpipe corresponds to a verse sung but of course differs in its very "square" playing unlike the song interpreted in rubato mode...

- score written by Eric Maclewis with CelticPipes