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The Whistling Gypsy (Leo McQuire) MIDIs, videos, tabs
See also: Gypsy Laddie-O (Kenneth Peacock)
And also: Raggle-Taggle Gypsy (Irish Descendants)
And also: Roving Gypsy (MacEdward Leach)
#242: YouTube video by Kinravip
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

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The whistling Gypsy came over the hill,
Down through the valley so shady;
He whistled and he sang till the green woods rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

A-dee-do-a-dee-do-die-day,
A-dee-do-a-dee-day-o;
He whistled and he sang till the green woods rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

She left her father's castle gate,
She left her own true lover;
She left her servants and her estate,
To follow the Gypsy rover.

A-dee-do-a-dee-do-die-day,
A-dee-do-a-dee-day-o;
He whistled and he sang till the green woods rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

Her father saddled his fastest steed,
Roamed the valley all over;
Sought his daughter at great speed,
And the whistling Gypsy rover.

A-dee-do-a-dee-do-die-day,
A-dee-do-a-dee-day-o;
He whistled and he sang till the green woods rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

He came at last to a mansion fine,
Down by the river Clyde;
And there was music and there was wine,
For the Gypsy and his lady.

A-dee-do-a-dee-do-die-day,
A-dee-do-a-dee-day-o;
He whistled and he sang till the green woods rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

"He's no Gypsy, my father," she said,
"But lord of the freelands all over;
And I will stay till my dying day,
With my whistling Gypsy rover.

A-dee-do-a-dee-do-die-day,
A-dee-do-a-dee-day-o;
He whistled and he sang till the green woods rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

####.... Imitation of an 18th-century British ballad [Child ballad #200] The English And Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) edited by Francis James Child (Dover, 1965). Sometimes considered a variant of a British broadside ballad, Gypsy Laddie, published by W Stephenson (Gateshead) sometime between 1821 and 1838, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(1446) ....####
This imitation of a well-known ballad was composed ca.1950 by Leo McGuire of Dublin, Ireland, on a dare that he could not compose an Irish ballad with a happy ending. It was recorded by numerous artists, including The Clancy Brothers, The Kingston Trio, Elton Hayes, The Seekers, Carmel Quinn and Glenn Yarbrough.

The video above features the Sirens of Sterling performing a variant at the New York Renaissance Faire on 19 August 2007.

A variant was also recorded by the Irish Descendants as Raggle-Taggle Gypsy.

A variant was collected in 1951 from Mrs Thomas (Anastasia Ryan) Ghaney [1883-1959] of Fermeuse, NL, and published as Roving Gypsy in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

A variant was also collected in 1958 from Isaac Freeman Bennett [1896-1981] of St Paul's, NL, by Kenneth Peacock and published as Gypsy Laddie-O in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 1, p.194, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.


See more Child Ballad variants from NFLD.

The video below features an excellent cover performance by Rich Reeves of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL

#986: YouTube video by RichReevesNL
©2014 ~ Used with permission ~

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The [G] Whistling [D] Rover came [G] over the [D] hill,
[G] Down through the [D] valley so [G] shady [D];
He [G] whistled and he [D] sang till the [G] green woods [C] rang,
And [G] he won the [D] heart of a [G] l-[C] ady. [G] [D7]


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