Almanac Music: She Passed By Me At The Fair (Song Lyric)



Jo, the Beautiful Irish Girl, by Gustave Courbet, oil on canvas, 1866, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden. [Wikimedia Commons]


She Passed By Me At The Fair


1. She passed by me at the fair
And my sore heart leapt
At the beauty there.


2. She passed by me at the fair
And the wind tossed and tousled
Her auburn hair.


Chorus: Oh love is eternal
But life isn’t long.
How could I not
Put my heart in this song?


3. She passed by me at the fair
And I spoke my love
But she did not care.





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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, was published in late 2020 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.


  1. Beauty Kevin. Could hear that being played and sung in a pub in Dingle. At about 10.55pm.

    Love the painting.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Dips. Thanks for the comments. My ‘Irish muse’ certainly came to my aid with this one!

    And yes, the painting is a beauty – I wasn’t aware of it until I searched for an image to fit with the lyric.

    And funny thing, writing this lyric reminded me that my first date – with a girl from Sacred Heart College, Geelong – took place at a fair, well, the Geelong Show anyway.

  3. george smith says

    In the movie “Play it again Sam”, Woody Allen asks the Humphrey Bogart character how he got over Ingrid Bergmann in “Casablanca”. Humphrey’s reply is a hell of a lot of bourbon…

    The TED talks on YouTube point out that heartbreak is a drug like gambling so we should be wary of it, and make sure that people who are heartbroken are looked after, not dismissed with “get over it”

    There have been suggestions in Askmen and other places that one should accept the Friend-zone for what it is and embrace the friendship. Can’t disagree more. I mean are people friends with their exes – the Family Court would indicate the opposite. From bitter experience the best thing to do about unrequited love is to get the hell out of there – he/she is not going to change their mind.

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for your interesting comments, George.

    Hopefully, ultimately, one lives and learns – though this process is often not an easy one. Songs can be helpful as a form of expression and provide a kind of catharsis – for both the performer and the audience.

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