Album: Back To Front (1972)
Charted: 1 2
  • Clair
    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 ClairWriter/s: GILBERT O'SULLIVAN
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 15

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 24th 1972, "Clair" by Gilbert O'Sullivan peaked at #2 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on October 22nd and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
    The first week it was at #2 the #1 record was "Me and Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul and its 2nd week at #2 it was "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon that kept it out of the top spot...
    In his native Ireland on Nov. 9th it reached #1 (for 3 weeks) on the Irish Recorded Music Association chart...
    An across from Ireland in the U.K. on Nov. 11th it also peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) on the U.K. Single chart...
    Back here in the U.S. on December 9th once more it reached #1 (for 3 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Mr. O'Sullivan, born Raymond Edward O'Sullivan, celebrated his 67th birthday earlier this month on December 1st.
  • Barry from Gagetown Nb Canada, -Have any of the negative critics of this 70's pop hit really examined any of today's lyrics ???
  • Frank from Belfast, IrelandIts so sad to hear all the negative vibes about a classic masterpiece. Why did so many folks buy it? I wish I could have put my emotions about my own little girl into such poetry. I'm a musician, as was Gilbert. Musos are emotional folk unlike the potential pedos who think it was wrong. These are folk who like to validate their own doubts about themselves perhaps.
  • Steve from Whittier, CaI agree with everyone, especially Dave Fowler.It's just a nice song.
  • Eileen from Peoria, Az'Clair' is a beautiful song that Gilbert O'Sullivan helped write with the help of Clair's mum. Anyone who thinks this song is inappropriate in any way, needs to GET A LIFE plus you need to get your mind out of the gutter at once! Geesh...enough already with the nonsense!
  • Jeff from Cambridge, United KingdomThis is a lovely and touching song in some ways but it is very clear he had more than feelings of closeness for a little girl - 'you get to me in a way I can't describe' and 'why in spite of our age difference do I cry, each time I leave you I feel I could die'. Those are the words of a man tormented by the fact that he was aware his feelings for a child were inappropriate.
  • Tom from Souderton, PaI agree with David Fowler too.
  • Audra Claire from Fayetteville, ArMy dad used to play me this song when I was little. I absolutely love it, and listening to it now that I live away from my parents brings me right back to my childhood and my dad singing it to me. I didn't ever realize that the song was about a little girl until now, and that just makes it even more special to me.
  • Jas from Clifton, TxIt's just a nice song about girl he was babysitting. That's it. I'm not really sure what there is to be "a big damn freaked out" about. The song makes a lot of sense if you have a daughter. Little girls are really special and kind of mind-blowing. Their world is so much different than ours. They do "get to you in a way you can't describe." A little girl telling him she wants to marry him someday isn't even remotely unusual. He didn't say he wanted to marry her, it's just a little girl doing what little girls do. I've found that a lot of people who take this song entirely the wrong way aren't parents and most likely haven't even babysat for someone's daughter on a regular basis. You get attached to a little girl, be it your daughter or a girl you babysit regularly. In the 4 years since my daughter was born I've come to completely understand what he's talking about. Their world is just this innocent place where the realities of our world just don't apply anymore. When you hear a song like this and it immediately makes you think "Ah, he's a pedophile!," it says a lot more about you than it ever will about Gilbert O'Sullivan. Is your life really so tragic that you just can't believe that anything can ever be innocent anymore?
  • John from Dublin, IrelandThe harmonica solo was played by O'Sullivan's then manager Gordon Mills, and the little girl's laughs on the track were courtesy of Mills' daughter Clair about whom the song was written.
  • Ted from Phoenix, AzActually, there were questions raised about the song at the time it was out--I remember hearing people asking what Gilbert O'sullivan was doing to make the little girl laugh at the song's end.
  • Steven from Chicago, IlA beautiful, heart-warming song. Anyone who gets "a bit damned freaked out" listening to it has unexamined issues of his own.
  • Allox from Pom, --I loved it when I first heard it but then I started listening to the lyrics and got a bit damn freaked out.
  • Rob from Chicago, IlI agree Dave we've come a long way in the wrong direction. But that doesn't take away the heart behind such a warm and caring song.
  • David Fowler from Rochester, NhIt IS about him having to babysit, but these days, I don't think it could ever be a hit. There would be all sorts of talk about him being a pedophile and the like. We've come a long way in the wrong direction.
    I like it.
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