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Gypsy Maiden (Irish Descendants)

She was young, she was fair,
and her long flowing hair,
With the wild tints of autumn was laden;
And the joy of her tribe is how I would describe,
This beautiful Gypsy maiden.

Now the fine country squire
found his heart all afire,
On the day that he met her in the boreen;
I will give you command of
my riches and my lands,
If you'll wed me my pretty astoreen.

Oh, I don't care a straw
for your lands, my good sir,
Or your mansion with gold truly laden;
Oh, I don't care a straw
for your lands, my good sir,
Said the beautiful Gypsy maiden.

Still he showed her his lands,
and the wedding was planned,
And he showed her his mansion all over;
But this young Gypsy maid
was nervous and dismayed,
For at heart she was still a Gypsy rover.

Oh, I don't care a straw
for your lands, my good sir,
Or your mansion with gold truly laden;
Oh, I don't care a straw
for your lands, my good sir,
But to wed, said the Gypsy maiden.

On this wonderful day she was lovely and gay,
To the church came the tribes all paradin';
Our fair prize you can't win
for she's not your kith or kin,
Stay away from the Gypsy maiden.

Oh, we don't care a straw
for your lands, my good sir,
Or your mansion with gold truly laden;
Oh, we don't care a straw
for your lands, my good sir,
And you'll ne'er wed the Gypsy maiden.

Oh, we don't care a straw
for your lands, my good sir,
Or your mansion with gold truly laden;
Oh, we don't care a straw
for your lands, my good sir,
And you'll ne'er wed the Gypsy maiden.

####.... Dick Farrelly [1916-1990] policeman, songwriter and poet from Kells, County Meath, Republic of Ireland ....####
Recorded by Diarmuid O'Leary & The Bards (Step It Out, trk#1, 1994 CD, Rego Records, produced by Donal Lunny); and Sinead Stone & Dick Farrely's son, Gerard Farrelly (Legacy Of A Quiet Man, trk#10, 2001 CD, Seolta Records).

This variant recorded by the Irish Descendants (Livin' On The Edge, trk#1, 1996 CD, Warner Music Canada Ltd, Scarborough, Ontario, distributed by Duckworth Distribution; executive producer: Fred Brokenshire; producer: Hayward Parrott).


See more songs by the Irish Descendants.

From Dictionary.com: Boreen (Irish) - country lane or narrow road.

From Irish Names From Ancient To Modern: Astoreen (a stóirín) - oh little love.



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