Seb Lester and the Poetry Behind a Mural Project


by Seb Lester

Calligrapher Seb Lester painted a mural in East London featuring the words of the Ewan MacColl song ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ on which Roberta Flack’s famous version was based. The video is soundtracked by Maylight’s ‘Beat of the Heart’. Film by Johann Chan

Song Lyrics: “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the endless skies, my love
To the dark and the endless skies

And the first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hand
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command, my love
That was there at my command, my loveAnd 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 ’til the end of time, my love
And it would last ’til the end of time, my loveThe first time ever I saw your face
Your face
Your face
Your face