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Gilbert O'Sullivan: Clair Meaning

Song Released: 1972

Clair Lyrics


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...


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    Jan 29th, 2015 1:58pm report

    Some of you people are sick! Stop trying to project your mental pathologies onto normal people. Not everything is sexual, and if that's how you view the world, please get help.


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    Jul 30th, 2017 7:12am 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".


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    May 23rd, 5:21pm 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.


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    May 10th, 5:07pm 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.


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    Feb 2nd, 2:24am 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.


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    Jan 15th, 1:59am 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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    Dec 12th, 2019 12:14pm 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.


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    Nov 25th, 2019 11:06pm report

    You pervs who would like this song to be your anthem are very sick. This song is a sweet song that depicts innocence between a little girl and her Uncle who love one another in the only appropriate love there is. It is a beautiful song. This reminds me of my relationship with my own daughters and granddaughters. I cherish every memory. You pervs get a life and if you can't, do the world a favor and end it.


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    Sep 25th, 2019 9:35pm report

    If I knew any guy had this attitude toward my daughter, I'd take her & run. I'd also tell everyone with a daughter: they need to know. Children are NOT available for romance or sex. Their childhood must be RESPECTED. They don't know anything about life and so they're at a disadvantage.

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    Jul 9th, 2019 7:04pm report

    Well it certainly wouldnt be allowed to be released today, that's for sure, and that tells you all you need to know about the meaning behind the lyrics.


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    Jul 6th, 2019 7:06am report

    Hey, anonymous on Apr 7--you say "It at first SEAMS to appear INCENTIVE...NEICE...INOCENSE." Sounds as if someone needs to go back to school to learn how to write and spell. No one is going to take your comments seriously when you sound this ignorant.
    The song is lovely. The ugliness is in some of your minds.


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    Jun 17th, 2019 6:22am report

    Why is it then that the Clair in question is defending Gilbert(Raymond) O'sullivan publicly against such allegations?
    Reading such filth into these lyrics demonstrates how perverted minds work. You must be searching for perverted filth to even think you've found it.


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    May 14th, 2019 5:37pm report

    My niece fell in love with me when she was 11. I was amazed by such an event and played along with it, but from a playful perspective. I was 21 at the time and did not take it as a serious sentiment.

    Then when she grew up, and became a 17 year old -beauty, we met again . I was impressed by the fact that she still was thinking on me. This time we enjoyed non-carnal love that lasts until today. We share a kind of secret and unique affair that only belongs to us. I am 60 years old.

    I do believe that this man simply had the courage of saying that love is such a beautiful thing that can reach the heart of anyone.

    Yes, I believe that a child can fall in love with an adult, but the adult can't take that noble feeling into a sexual business until the child is mature enough to make the right choice.


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    Mar 26th, 2019 3:23pm report

    Somehow, I doubt a child who is being abused in any sense would say they want to marry their abuser.


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    Feb 3rd, 2019 2:19pm report

    Please my little granddaughter was telling me she wanted to marry her brother. Some may wonder about that but if you knew them you'd know he is autistic and she was thinking she could take care of him if she married him. What a lovie she is!


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    Sep 7th, 2018 9:23am report

    I also always thought this song is about a pedophile’s love and lust for a child. The lyrics say i all and i once played it for a man i saw flirting with a 7 year old child which made me nauseous


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    Sep 2nd, 2018 9:24am report

    When I was maybe 16 heard this song and it was to me the purest sentiments put on a song and sincere I liked it a lot and still do, I had my ''claire'' too when I was 18, she was 5, and never ocurred to me seen her in a pervert way, it was pure love her older sister was my girl friend , and of course she would get jealous at times now she is 50 yrs old..

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