Gilbert O'Sullivan: Clair Meaning
Song Released: 1972
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...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jul 30th 2017 report
I can barely believe the bullshit I'm reading here, calling Gilbert a Paedophile. For your Information, Gilbert O'Sullivan(real name Raymond O'Sullivan) babysat for his manager's (Gordon Mills)daughter, Claire, who was 3 at the time the song was composed. O'Sullivan himself was 16. When the lyric says "I'm going to marry you If you'll marry me, uncle Ray"(meaning Gilbert), who hasn't heard little ones say that to an ordinary, much loved adult or family member? He loved that little girl and she loved him, In a totally platonic way (he mentions them being friends In the song). How such a beautiful, heartfelt and poetic song can be twisted Into a Paedophilic anthem makes the accusers the sickos! If you want to see real paedophiles, check out Chris Hanson's "To catch a predator".
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Mar 18th 2017 report
Pedophilia occurs covertly, but O'Sullivan's platonic affection for Claire is well known to all, including Claire's parents. This is an open and innocent love between him and the young child of O'Sullivan's manager. An online reunion video with O'Sullivan and Clair shows that the affection they shared lasts to this day.
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous Dec 12th 2019 report
It is about innocence of the love. I look back on this song with great fondness as it used to be sung to me by both uncle, who as a five year old i wanted to marry when i grew up, it never had connotations of sexual love at all. And by my dad. Please stop dragging the dark and horrible into something thats intent was innocence and purity.
anonymous Jul 23rd report
It's pretty funny how upset people are getting over the paedophile interpretation, saying you have to be sick minded to hear the song in that way. It can obviously be heard as a paedo song. Musicians in the 70s were all about that young meat. There's a bunch of dodgy songs that were written back then, which were chart toppers.
For comparison, there are plenty of songs people have written about children that cannot be interpreted as even a little bit alarming, for example, 'Beautiful Boy' by John Lennon, 'Zoe Jane' by Staind, 'Isn't She Lovely' by Stevie Wonder, 'Father and Daughter' by Paul Simon, and the list goes on.
I think the people getting upset are reacting that way because they have fond memories and meaning attached to the song. However, that doesn't change the fact that the lyrics are definitely dodgy. If you can interpret the lyrics only in an innocent way, you probably need to think more carefully about the people you allow your children to spend time alone with. There are more paedophiles about than is comfortable to think about, and you must be on the lookout for questionable behaviour. If a teenage boy or adult man was saying to my young daughter the things said in this song, I would not allow my child to be alone with them!
anonymous Jun 20th report
This wonderful, straightforward song only needs interpretation if English isn't your first language. And if you think it has anything to do with pedophilia, clean your brain out with soap. You're the problem.
anonymous Jun 3rd report
Obviously this is pedophilia. 'In spite of our age difference'?? Why mention age difference?? 'Nothing means more to me than hearing you say "I'm going to marry you"'--nothing means more?? 'You get to me in a way I can't describe'?? This is just not the way a normal person writes about a relationship with a young child.
As a 1973 Claire, I was sung this song by my much loved uncles and everyone that knew that it was the song my parents chose to name me after. I always loved it. There was such innocence at that time when it was ok to adore little girls. I was never abused. Just adored and loved.
But now now I listen to it and hear the lyrics and know of the exploitation of childhood innocence during that generation that was accepted by people in that kind of industry I can only think of the flagrant abuse suffered by so many at the hands of disgusting men like jimmy saville etc it actually makes me feel sick.
Yes, perhaps it was innocent in this case but it's a reminder that for so many it was what became acceptable by so many in that era and I must admit I'm more than a tad embarrassed that for so long I was proud of being named after the little girl in the song.
I hope and pray that anyone that feels anyway at all that a relationship between an adult male and a child is more than platonic that they can get the help they need and can realise before they act that it is abuse of such innocent adoration.
I’m glad that nowadays it would be totally unacceptable video footage but also realise that for those of whom had no perverted agenda that it’s sad that it's no longer an acceptable portrayal of innocent human love towards a child.
anonymous Aug 12th 2021 report
What a bunch of sick, disgusting people there are here. Turning a sweet, innocent song into something filthy. This song is about O-Sullivan babysitting his manager's 3-year-old daughter. In fact, THE LITTLE GIRL'S FATHER PLAYS THE HARMONICA IN THE RECORDING! Do a little research and find the real background of this song. Are you really stupid enough to think the girl's father would help to record a song about a guy abusing his daughter? Dumb fucks! Just because you're a perverted shit doesn't mean everyone else is, too!
anonymous Jun 29th 2021 report
I think the song is beautiful when I listen to it, but when I read the lyrics it sounds a bit wrong. I don't think it would be aired on the radio today.
anonymous Mar 11th 2021 report
Some People here have crazy perverted thoughts.
Right. This pedophile (Sullivan) would broadcast to the world a song that's meant to express how perverted he is? Composing a song, producing it, do all the stuff to promote the song, I mean do you guys know how hard for an artist to have his song get out there - played on the radio, over and over, sell it to the public and all. How a song come to be and the whole nine yards involves blood, sweat and tears! Think about it. SMH
anonymous Jan 26th 2021 report
People love their dogs and cats too. Does it mean there's something going on between them? Children are very sweet, and therefore very easy to have lovely feelings for. One could adore a child so much that he misses her company, her smile, her laughter, etc. It doesn't have to mean anything else. The first rule of a pedophile is secrecy; no one must find out. But Gilbert wrote a song on it; he had nothing to hide. It's a sweet song sung to a sweet girl by a sweet singer, that all. But all these accusations only show how sick the PC society has become.
anonymous Jan 12th 2021 report
It was a song back then that made me think of a girl classmate who I adored from a distance...I was intrigued by her gentle personality...I think she didn't know she had a angelic like persona...maybe I was too innocent to know any better...just young boys innocent crush...not much else...I found the love of my life later...who is a true angel if love and Mercy...I hope the old Claire found her true love too!!
anonymous Jan 12th 2021 report
It was a song back then that made me think of a girl classmate who I adored from a distance...I was intrigued by her gentle personality...I think she didn't know she had a angelic like persona...maybe I was too innocent to know any better...just young boys innocent crush...not much else...I found the live of my life later...who is a true angel if live and Mercy
anonymous Sep 13th 2020 report
"I don't care what people say, to me you're more than a child...." Um. No! A child is a child. You can jump and down all you like, but this song sexualizes a little girl. Like other entertainment and politics, incest, child abuse, and rape have been rewarded for too long. If that song came out today, he'd probably be investigated. And his manager/friend or whoever it was would probably not let him babysit anymore--unless he was abusing the girl himself. I know too many situations just like that.
anonymous May 23rd 2020 report
I too was mad about the words an the video, but some of these songs are very clever an course controversy, they were all competing with each other to grab attention, look at all the artists that talked about teenage girls in there lyrics, look at all the rock stars an them girls.
anonymous May 10th 2020 report
i love this song, however, I have to admit that it could be interpreted in a different way. Especially for someone listening to the song for the first time and without knowing the inspiration behind this song.
There are parts in the song that could be interpreted as if Gilbert fell in love with the child in a platonic way (not necessarily sexual).
I don't know if a platonic love can be seen as been paedophile.
anonymous Feb 2nd 2020 report
It's possible that the relationship was innocent. But to all on here who say that only a pervert would think this song is perverted, I'll just say that as an 11-year-old girl I felt very weird about this song. I loved the rest of the album, but this innocent-sounding song says, "to me you're more than a child" and "in spite of our age difference." Yes, a child will innocently say she wants to marry her uncle, but if, after those lyrics, that uncle says that nothing means more to him, that sounds like his thoughts are perverted. Maybe it was innocent, but it always gave me the creeps.
anonymous Jan 15th 2020 report
When I was little I had a crush on my older cousin. He was so cute, big smile, twinkly eyes. And the only one of his brothers to be nice and kind to me. There was nothing sexual about it ever!
My son wanted to marry my brothers new girlfriend starting at age 2. Later when he was 6 they married and my son was very upset! Lol. She was “his”. For whatever reason people are just attracted to certain others. Chemistry regardless of age. Sexual desire has nothing to do with it.
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