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GUEST,TJ Gypsy Rover a real folk song? (96* d) RE: Gypsy Rover a real folk song 30 Jan 09


Though they may share the same roots, the "Whistling Gypsy" or "Gypsy Rover" and "The Wraggle-Taggle Gypsies" seem to be very different songs. The latter, as I recall it, was done in a minor key, say Am, with a touch of melancholy and at a pace one might call a slow gallop. The others were done in a major key and with more of a leisurely lilt. Both (or all) were commonly performed during my early coffee house days in the 1950's. Until this thread appeared, I always saw them as unrelated. No doubt both have suffered the "arrangement disease." I actually preferred "The Wraggle-Taggle Gypsies" as a song to perform.


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