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The Girl From the Hiring Fair    Capo 2            Key=F#m                           Ralph McTell

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I [Am]went down to the [F]hiring fair [C]for to sell my [G]labour,
And I [Am]noticed a maid in the [F]very next row and I [Em]hoped she'd be my [F]neighbour.
[C]Imagine then oh [G]my delight when the [Am]farmer picked us [F]both. [G]
I [C]spoke not a word in the [F]cart to the [Am]farm, but my heart beat [G]in my [Am]throat.

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

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Well I'd [Am]see her in my [F]dreaming and [C]in my dreams ca[G]ress
Her [Am]eyes, her lips and her [F]dark brown hair, the [Em]curves beneath her [F]dress.
But [C]harvest time it [G]came at last, so [Am]heavy was the [F]task [G]
That the [C]women and the men worked [F]side by [Am]side and I had her [G]near at [Am]last,

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

And then she [Am]turned to me as the [F]sun went down and [C]all my senses [G]reeled,
As we [Am]lay there on the [F]scented ground and the [Em]moon rose over the [F]field.
When [C]all was safely [G]gathered in and we [Am]sat down to [F]rest [G]
My [C]trembling fingers [F]touched her [Am]arm, and she placed them [G]on her [Am]breast.

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

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