The Hiring Fair by Fairport Convention

The Hiring Fair chords by Fairport Convention

Guitar chords with lyrics

Em C Em C


Em         C      G       D/F#
I went down to the hiring fair for to sell my labour

 Em          C        Bm        C
I noticed a maid in the very next row, I hoped she'd be my neighbour

 G      D/F#        Em        C
Imagine then my delight when the farmer picked us both

Though I spoke not a word on the cart to the farm

          Em   C
My heart beat in my throat


  Em           C       G       D/F#
My lodging was dry and my master fair, I gave him full measure

   Em          C       Bm         C
Like corn in the field my envy grew, for in his house was my treasure

 G         D/F#      Em      C
I watched her carry water, or drive cows from the byre

And the heat from the sun made the corn grow strong

         Em  C Em C
And with it my desire


 Em      C      G       D/F#
I see her in my dreaming and in my dreams caress

  Em         C          Bm         C
Her lips, her eyes, her dark brown hair, the curves beneath her dress

  G        D/F#       Em      C
And harvest time it came at last, so heavy was our task

That the women and the men worked side by side

           Em  C Em C
So I had her near at last


Em       C        G          D
I swung harder with my scythe, few words between us passed

 Em          C       Bm         C
I cursed my tongue-tied youthfulness, hoped she'd hear my heart

   G       D/F#     Em       C
When all was safely gathered in, we sat down to rest

My trembling fingers touched her arm

She placed them on her breast

Em C Em C Em C Em C


  Em         C         G       D/F#
She turned to me as the sun went down and all my senses reeled

Em         C            Bm         C
We lay there on the scented ground 'til the moon rose over the field

G D/F# Em C
D  Em  C  Em  C
Gm7  Eb  Gm7  Eb
Gm7  Eb  Gm7  Eb
Em  C  Em  C


Em       C       G         D/F#
She was safely gathered in my arms when from the barn

Em           C       Bm       C
Drifted the sound of a violin and we hurried to the farm

G            D/F#       Em        C
All were dancing in the lantern light and music filled the air

And I thanked the stars and the harvest moon

For the girl from the hiring fair

Em C Em C Em C x3

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