Gilbert O'Sullivan: Clair Meaning
Song Released: 1972
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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 Jan 29th 2015 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.
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous Apr 8th 2015 report
First it is spelled Clair... drop the e. And this us not a love song from an uncle to a neice. It was a present to Gilbert O'Sullivan's brother and sister-in-law. A song about their youngest child, Clair, whom Gilbert (real name Raymond) often babysat. If these trolls instantly thought that pedophilia was the inspiration,maybe it is because they are pedophiles themselves.
anonymous Jan 26th 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
anonymous Sep 25th 2019 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.
anonymous Jul 9th 2019 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.
anonymous Jul 6th 2019 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.
anonymous Jun 17th 2019 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.
anonymous May 14th 2019 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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