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Phil Edwards 08 May 08 - 05:06 PM
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Subject: She moved through the fair - repeats?
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 08 May 08 - 05:06 PM

I've been checking through old threads on this song, and I realise I've been singing it all wrong... or at least all differently. I've been singing all four verses, but using verse 2 as a repeat - like so:

My young love...
She stepped...
The people...
She stepped...
Last night...
She stepped...

It seems to work, but I'm slightly startled to realise that I made up this arrangement myself - I thought I was copying the way it was supposed to be done. Does anyone else do it like this?


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Subject: RE: She moved through the fair - repeats?
From: Gulliver
Date: 09 May 08 - 05:48 AM

Is there a "wrong" way? I've heard at least ten different versions of this song in Ireland, and they all sound right to me. Don


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Subject: RE: She moved through the fair - repeats?
From: GUEST,Suffolk Miracle
Date: 09 May 08 - 09:38 AM

The question is why do you repeat it?
A)You think it works that way
B) You don't like a song to be that short.

I can't argue with A). But if it's a case of B) consider that if a song is well sung, short can be good. And failing that, this song in particular has lots more verses:
I once loved a young girl...
It's deeply I loved her...
According to promise...
Farewell to you Molly...
...to mention just the ones I know. Any of these might be considered as an alternative to repetition.


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Subject: RE: She moved through the fair - repeats?
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 09 May 08 - 10:36 AM

Certainly not B) - short is fine (I occasionally do an unaccompanied version of Nick Drake's "Which will", which is not only short but unusually quiet - cough and you'd miss it). It's mostly A), but partly

C) I thought that was how *everyone* did it

...so the realisation that in fact nobody(?) does it like that has made me feel a bit self-conscious.


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Subject: RE: She moved through the fair - repeats?
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 10 May 08 - 04:51 AM

Quick refresh and repeat of the question -

does anyone else do it like this?


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Subject: RE: She moved through the fair - repeats?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 10 May 08 - 06:14 AM

Sheila Chandra does a superb version of this - no sheep like noises!


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