♫ First Time Ever I Saw Your Face ♫ (Redux)

Left drained and exhausted from tonight’s debate, I am once again reduxing a song that I last played in 2018 by Roberta Flack.  I promise some new content tomorrow night … honest!

This was the breakout hit for Roberta Flack; it was #1 in the US for six weeks. Flack had released two solo albums without commercial success, as her blend of jazz and folk styles struggled to find an audience.

British folk singer Ewan MacColl wrote this in 1957 for his lover Peggy Seeger. She was in a play in the U.S. and phoned him for suggestions on a song for a romantic scene. MacColl wrote this on the spot in less than an hour, then taught it to her over the phone to use in her play. MacColl, by the way, had been banned from the U.S. because of his communist past.  His history is really quite interesting.

“We weren’t really getting along at the time.  After all, he was married to someone else then.” – Peggy Seeger

MacColl was married to his second wife, Jean Newlove at the time. He left her for Peggy Seeger and the pair eventually tied the knot in 1977.

MacColl won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, while Flack received a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Like so many of the songs I’ve posted, this one has been recorded by many others, including Peter, Paul & Mary, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Mel Torme, Isaac Hayes, and Gordon Lightfoot.  While I am a big fan of PP&M, I like the Roberta Flack version of this song best.

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Roberta Flack

The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the endless skies

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hand
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command my love

And the first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart so close to mine
And I knew our joy would fill the earth
And last till the end of time my love

The first time ever I saw your face
Your face, your face

Songwriters: Ewan Mccoll
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face lyrics © The Royalty Network Inc.

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