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GYPSY ROVER (2)

Oh,Gypsy Davy came over the hills,
Came down through the Eastern valleys.
He sang till he made the wild woods ring,
And he charmed the heart of a lady.

cho: Ah-da-dum, a-da-doo, ah-da-doo, ah-da-day,
Ah-da-dum, ah-da-doo, ah-da-day-dee;
He sang till he made the wild wood ring,
And he charmed the heart of a lady.

A lord returning home at night,
Inquiring for his lady,
They made him this reply, that she
Had gone with the Gypsy Davy.

"Go fetch me now my coal-black steed;
My gray is not so speedy;
I've rode all day, but I'll ride all night
Till I overtake my lady."

He rode till he came to the muddy water side-
It looked so dark and dreary;
He rode till he came to the muddy water side,
Where he beheld his lady.

"Oh, will you leave your house and home?
Oh, will you leave your baby?
Oh, will you leave your own wedded lord
To go with the Gypsy Davy?

"Last night you lay in your soft, warm bed
And in our arms your baby;
Tonight you'll lie on the cold, cold ground
In the arms of the Gypsy Davy."

"I never loved my house and home,
I never loved my baby,
I never loved my own wedded lord
As I love the Gypsy Davy."

In her book, ANCIENT BALLADS TRADITIONALLY SUNG IN NEW ENGLAND, Helen Hartness F
landers has a version of "The Gypsy Laddie" (K on pp. 210-213, entitled "Gypsy D
avy" that seems related to "The Whistling Gypsy" song by Maguire. She says, "As
heard by Charles H. Benjamin in lumber camps north of Patten, Maine, around the
1860's and 1870's. This was sung by his daughter, Mrs. Charles Woodbury, now of
Washington, D.C. - December 15, 1948". The tune looks similar. The verses after
verse one are certainly different from what the Clancy Brothers sing, and seem
much more akin to other American versions. But the tune is there and the basic f
orm of the story. In this version the "Lord" is her husband rather than her fath
er.

Child #200
filename[ GYPSYRV2
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