"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" as written by and Ewan Maccoll....
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 my love
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
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
And it would last 'till the end of time

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


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"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" as written by Ewan Maccoll

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  • +1
    General Commentroberta flack = amazing
    this song = brilliant
    xheartbreakerxon January 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHave had the great privilege of seeing the songs subject, Peggy Seeger, singing it live.
    questeron January 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAbsolutely beautiful.

    Perfect melody, perfect instrumentation and perfect voice.

    Possibly the most romantic song ever.

    ...and the soundtrack to my first threesome!
    MOnkeyleston August 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the most beautiful song ever. :) Her voice is beautful,the arrangement and the intimate tone. All of it. :)
    Thia007on November 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHard to believe that there are so few comments about this song. This has to be one of the greatest love songs of all time. The pace of the song and emotion that Roberta puts into it is not something you will find in today's music.
    DogSuiton April 18, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOn first glance, this is a sweet song, but the lines of second part are decidedly creepy:

    And the first time, ever I kissed your mouth
    I felt the earth move in my hands
    Like the trembling heart
    Of a captive bird
    That was there, at my command, my love

    It's a little less creepy when sung by a woman to a man, but it's creepy, nonetheless.

    Actually, I'll take that back and say it's almost _more_ creepy sung by a woman to a man. I mean, honestly, it sounds like a deluded stalker speaking to her or his trapped victim. Sorry to ruin the song for anyone, but it seems like no one really pays attention to that part.
    epiwooshon January 27, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe perfect love song, charting the progress of a love that took over this person.
    Quite perfect. Although Roberta Flack sings this, it is equally applicable to both men and women.

    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

    This is love at first sight is it not? She is dazzling, stunning as creation itself.

    And the first time, ever I kissed your mouth
    I felt the earth move in my hands
    Like the trembling heart
    Of a captive bird
    That was there, at my command, my love

    This is what love should be like. Yet so few of us would have experienced what has been conveyed in these lyrics. It's also about a power the singer has in this relationship and how he guards and treasures the most precious life in his hand .

    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, til the end of time, my love

    Enough said. Simply perfection.

    The first time, ever I saw
    Your face, your face
    Your fa-ace, your face
    Notereaderon January 29, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably one of the greatest love songs ever...
    bearlybooon September 09, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy friend can't listen to this song without feeling tearful, and thinking of the special person she's always loved.
    Jackandroseson September 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI remember reading that this song was written about the first time Roberta saw her beloved dog I can so relate
    lisa a.181on December 04, 2014   Link

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