What does Clair mean?

Gilbert O'Sullivan: Clair Meaning

Album cover for Clair album cover

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...

  1. anonymous
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    Mar 15th 2018 !⃝

    Theirs nothing wrong with the words to Clair you are all the perverts not Gilbert go get a life and stop reading something into this beautiful song that is not their .

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 7th 2018 !⃝

    His own words say he's a pedophile . he wrote those lyrics.

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 11th 2017 !⃝

    We have to realize that this song was made when world was much younger than today and love given to anyone for free without any personal prejudice like we do today. Also the cultural differences becomes very evident.

  4. anonymous
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    May 20th 2017 !⃝

    I really think it's an innocent song about the platonic love of an uncle and niece,
    However it does at some point in the lyrics lead to a misunderstanding that there may be a sexual pedophile connotation.

    Unfortunately We will never know..

    I would like to think is a totally platonic love between an uncle and nice
    As previously commented a young girl of 3 can make comments that she wants to marry her dad or uncle or whatever it's totally innocent..
    Bottom line it's us who give the final interpretation in the end.
    Just hope the sick ones are not here,... hope...

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 7th 2017 !⃝

    It at first seams to appear incentive enough with genuine affection that an uncle can have for a neice, but often in reality it can lead to other things, so I believe it is a form of pedophilia sorry to say and ruin the inocense

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 27th 2016 !⃝

    "In spite of our age difference" give me a break! He was lusting after a kid!

  7. anonymous
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    Dec 14th 2016 !⃝

    he's one of my fave singers in the 70s & i still listen to this song Claire coz it brings back memory of when i was in school! The more i listen to this nice/beautiful tune i kinda t/late it as yes any young girl who's innocent wld want to say i'd like to marry you coz recently there was this ad on t.v. where the li'l girl says to his grandpa she'd like to marry him, that's i think fr an innocent child w/o malice at all! anyway gg back to the song i did up to now misconstrued it as a niece wanting to say she wants to marry her uncle but let's just perceived this lyric as purely innocent, and not even thinking it's a perv song! my opinion!

  8. anonymous
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    Oct 27th 2016 !⃝

    There were pedophiles back then, This girl was used to sell some pervs song go ahead like it, think it is innocent. ,But other people have a right to express an opinion and are not deluded.

  9. anonymous
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    Mar 29th 2016 !⃝

    How about Clair is Gilbert's secret daughter? I read somewhere that they try to meet now that is she older and a mother herself, but they never can. Could it be that Gilbert's wife, Eskee is jealous of his first daughter? Look at Clair's picture, she has a high forehead like Gilbert's. Jo Waring introduced Gilbert to her husband (Gordon) because she liked Gilbert's music. You do the math.....

  10. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2015 !⃝

    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.

  11. anonymous
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    Jan 29th 2015 !⃝

    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.

  12. anonymous
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    Jan 16th 2015 !⃝

    I liked it till I read the lyrics and NOW see he is a FREAK!!!

  13. anonymous
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    Nov 30th 2014 !⃝

    I think Gilbert is a pervert who is lusting after his 4 yr old niece and he is the same guy who gave us Alone Again Naturally. What a loser.

  14. anonymous
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    Aug 21st 2014 !⃝

    It is common for a son to love his mother
    for a daughter to love her father infact
    psychology studies suggest it is a condition we all have but most break away from under natural circumstances to have a healthy life. What the song is doesn't matter. How the music and words affect us really puts across a powerful feeling of what it is be alone. Hab

  15. anonymous
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    Dec 22nd 2012 !⃝

    No need to get emotionally charged and read into this anything more than what occurs every day between youngsters and their adult relatives. The then 3-year old Claire, was the daughter of his manager/producer Gordon Mills.

    From Wikipedia


    The song is the love song of an uncle for his young niece, though for the first part of the song, the ambiguous text leads one to think that it is from one adult to another. The brief instrumental introduction is the sound of Gilbert whistling, before he comes in. The real Clair was the young daughter of O'Sullivan's producer-manager, Gordon Mills, and his wife, the model Jo Waring. The little girl's giggling is heard at the end of this song. The "Uncle Ray" mentioned in the song is O'Sullivan himself, a reference to his real name of Raymond O'Sullivan.

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