The Girl From The Hiring Fair
Ralph McTell Girl From The Hiring Fair Em C G D I went down to the hiring fair, for to sell my labour, Em C Bm and I noticed a maid in the very next row and I hoped that sheâd be my C neighbour. G D Em C D Imagine then o my delight when the farmer picked us both. G C Em D Em C I spoke not a word in the cart to the farm but my heart beat in my throat. Em C G D My lodging was dry and my master fair and I gave him full measure, Em C Bm C But my envy grew like the corn in the field for in his house was my treasure. G D Em C D And Iâd watch her carry water or drive cows from the byre, G C Em D Em And the heat from the sun made the corn grow strong and with it my desire C Em C Em C G D Iâd see her in my dreaming and in my dreams caress. Em C Bm C Her eyes her lips and her dark brown hair the curves beneath her dress. G D Em C D When harvest time it came at last so heavy was the task G C Em D Em That the women and the men worked side by side and I had her near at last. C Em C Em C Em C G D So I swung harder with my scythe few words between us passed, Em C Bm And I cursed my tongue tied youthfulness and I hoped that sheâd hear my C heart. G D Em C D When all was safely gathered in and we sat down to rest G C Em D Em C My trembling fingers touched her arm and she placed them on her breast. Em C G D And she turned to me as the sun went down and all my senses reeled, Em C Bm C As we lay there on the scented ground and the moon rose over the field. G / D / Em / C D / G / C Em / C / Em / C / Em / C Em C G D She was safely gathered in my arms when from the barn Em C Bm C Drifted the sound of the violin and we hurried back to the farm. G D Em C D And all were dancing in the lantern light and music filled the air G C Em D And I thanked my stars for the harvest moon and the girl from the hiring Em C Em C fair. G D Em C D And all were dancing in the lantern light and music filled the air, G C Em D And I thanked my stars for the harvest moon, and the girl from the hiring Em C Em C Em C fair.