Are you going to Scarborough Fair?/Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Remember me to one who lives there,/She once was a true love of mine.
If you can sing the opening lines of "Scarborough Fair," chances are good you're a fan of 1960s folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. But did you know the song actually dates back centuries, possibly to thirteen thcentury England? Or that children singing "London Bridge Is Falling Down" today are keeping alive an age-old playground tradition? The longevity of these traditional songs is impressive, though we'll wager your memory for the lyrics is...less so. But mumble no more, dear reader! The words to more than eighty traditional tunes - "Danny Boy," "Waltzing Matilda," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," and "Greensleeves," among others - have been collected in this handy little songbook, along with brief historical entries for each ditty. So go ahead: Lift your voice and sing! (KG)