And the first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart so close to mine
And I knew our joy would fill the earth
And last ’till the end of time my love
And it would last ’till the end of time
The first time ever I saw your face
Your face, your faceThe First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Written in 1957 by political folk singer-songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, half-sister to American folk icon Pete Seeger, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” has since become an American standard. First made popular by Roberta Flack whose slow, sensual, soulful version appeared on her 1969 album First Take, the song hit critical mass two years later when Clint Eastwood used it in his 1971 directorial debut Play Misty For Me, after which it became an extremely successful single in the US. In 1972, the song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts for six week runs on each, hit #14 on the UK Singles Chart, and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” has been covered by numerous artists since, including Elvis Presley, George Michael, the Kingston Trio, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul and Mary, Johnny Cash, Stereophonics & Jools Holland, Mel Tormé, Vanessa L. Williams, Lauryn Hill, Leona Lewis, Wayne Newton, The Temptations, Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville and Marianne Faithful. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” was the third single from Celine Dion’s album All the Way…A Decade of Song in 1999, which sold over 22 million copies worldwide, making it the 26th best selling album of the decade in the US.