"Clair" as written by and Gilbert O'sullivan....
The moment I met you, I swear.
I felt as if something, somewhere,
Had happened to me, which I couldn't see.
And then, the moment I met you, again.
I knew in my heart that we were friends.
It had to be so, it couldn't be no.

But try as hard as I might do, I don't know why.
You get to me in a way I can't describe.
Words mean so little when you look up and smile.
I don't care what people say, to me you're more than a child.

Oh Clair. Clair

If ever a moment so rare
Was captured for all to compare.
That moment is you in all that you do.
But why in spite of our age difference do I cry.
Each time I leave you I feel I could die.
Nothing means more to me than hearing you say,
"I'm going to marry you. Will you marry me? Oh hurray!"

Oh Clair Clair

I've told you before "Don't you dare!"
"Get back into bed."
"Can't you see that it's late."
"No you can't have a drink."
"Oh allright then, but wait just a minute."

While I, in an effort to babysit, catch up on my breath,
What there is left of it.
You can be murder at this hour of the day.
But in the morning the sun will see my lifetime away.
Oh Clair Clair
Oh Clair

Lyrics submitted by joliejoy, edited by SWLinPHX, TheOldHacker, Wordmaster

"Clair" as written by Gilbert O'sullivan

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    General CommentLove this song. I have a niece named Claire, and I used to sing it to her.
    NorthWriteron June 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis was written for his manager's daughter who he used to babysit, as a gift to his parents, and hit it big in many nation, including the U.S. and U.K. There is a video of him playing with Clair at the time with the song playing on YouTube (sort of a makeshift music video from 1973).

    Some of the lyrics were questionable with regard to a grown man being so in love with a little girl he was unrelated to. "In spite of our age difference", "each time I leave you I feel I could die", "to me you're more than a child". But it is, in the end, an innocuous tribute to a little girl who he is still friends with today (in her forties).
    SWLinPHXon November 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI remember this song when I was a kid growing up in the UK. I was a GO'S fan as an 8 year old. Loved Alone Again which I recently bought on iTunes and Get Down which I just heard on Smooth fm, leading me here. But on just reading the lyrics to Claire it comes across somewhat unacceptable!! Creepy really. I can see why the US radio dj suggested G likes little girls. I trust though that it was purely platonic and that despite the choice of words making the lyrics, it was all good and clean.
    Markie Rayeon February 21, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI guess that we read or hear these lyrics in the light of recent revelations of sexual predators, but this was written at a time when you could have platonic love for a child without it being considered creepy as there was no sexual intent.
    Sadly today what was written in innocence can be misinterpreted. I am sure this is the case with Gilbert O as someone has already said he is still friends with Clair the girl he used to babysit.
    zakinbristolon April 01, 2014   Link

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