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Summer Wine: what was the 'unfamiliar line' with which the girl reassured her lover?

May the Lana del Rey cover video shows clearly the meaning of « un familiar line » playing with a strange tree. Then I guess summer wine that drugs the man is directly produced by the woman body. If ...
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Why must "she" perform impossible tasks in order to be "a true love of mine" in "Scarborough Fair"?

Seemingly impossible tasks appear in mythology quite frequently, but often with a loophole. In the Welsh Mabinogion, Lleu Llaw Gyffes "... cannot be killed during the day or night, nor indoors ...
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Why must "she" perform impossible tasks in order to be "a true love of mine" in "Scarborough Fair"?

Matt's answer is exceptional. And I fully agree that it is now impossible to know for certain. In fact, with so many versions, it is quite possible it has held multiple meanings over the years ...
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Why must "she" perform impossible tasks in order to be "a true love of mine" in "Scarborough Fair"?

Scarborough Fair is a folk song which dates back to at least the 17th century. Folk songs were, as the name suggests, passed on by oral tradition and relatively little was written about them until ...
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