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The Raggle Taggle Gypsy

    (Trad) There were three gypsies a come to my door
And downstairs ran this lady, O!
One sang high and another sang low
And the other sang bonny, bonny, Biscay, O!

Then she pulled off her silk finished gown
And put on hose of leather, O!
The ragged, ragged, rags about our door
She's gone with the raggle taggle gypsies, O!

It was late last night, when my lord came home
Enquiring for his a-lady, O!
The servants said, on every hand
She's gone with the raggle taggle gypsies, O!

O saddle to me my milk-white steed
Go and fetch me my pony, O!
That I may ride and seek my bride
Who is gone with the raggle taggle gypsies, O!

O he rode high and he rode low
He rode through woods and copses too
Until he came to an open field
And there he espied his a-lady, O!

What makes you leave your house and land?
What makes you leave your money, O?
What makes you leave your new wedded lord?
To go with the raggle taggle gypsies, O!

What care I for my house and my land?
What care I for my money, O?
What care I for my new wedded lord?
I'm off with the raggle taggle gypsies, O!

Last night you slept on a goose-feather bed
With the sheet turned down so bravely, O!
And to-night you'll sleep in a cold open field
Along with the raggle taggle gypsies, O!

What care I for a goose-feather bed?
With the sheet turned down so bravely, O!
For to-night I shall sleep in a cold open field
Along with the raggle taggle gypsies, O!

 

 

I've had this on my brain most of the morning so looked it up.....Planxty did a famous version, though there seem to be a few variations! I love it : )

This is the slighty sexier version with the lady lying in the arms of her raggle taggle gypsy : )

And there were three old gypsies came to our hall door.
They came brave and boldly-o,
one sang high and the other sang low,
And the lady sang the Raggle-Taggle Gypsy-o.

Upstairs downstairs the lady went,
Put on her suit of leather-o.
It was the cry all around the door,
"She's away with the Raggle-Taggle Gypsy-o."

She gave the gam a glass of wine
And she gave the dem some brandy
And the fine gold ring that the lady wore
She gave it to the Raggle-Taggle Gypsy-o.

late that night of the lord came in,
Inquiring for his lady-o.
And the servant girls she replied to him lord,
"She's away with the Raggle-Taggle Gypsy-o."

Saddle for me, me milk white steed.
Me big horse is not speedy-o.
I will ride and retrieve me bride,
"She's away with the Raggle-Taggle Gypsy-o."

So he rode east and he rode west.
He rode north and south also,
But when he rode to the wide-open field
It was there that he spied his lady-o.

"Wwhy did you leave your house and your land?
Why did you leave your money-o?
Why did you leave your only wedded lord
All fer the Raggle-Taggle Gypsy-o?"

"Yerra, what do I care for me house and me land?
What do I care for money-o??
Yerra what do I care for my only wedded lord??
I'm away with the Raggle-Taggle Gypsy-o."

It was there Last night you slept in a goose-feather bed
With blankets drawn so comely-o.
Tonight you'll lie in a wide-open field
In the arms of a Raggle-Taggle Gypsy-o."

"Yerra, what do I care for a goose-feather bed?
What do I care for blankets-o?
For tonight I'll lie in a wide-open field
in the arms of me Raggle-Taggle Gypsy-o."

So he rode east and she rode west.
He rode high when and I rode low.
"I'd rather have a kiss of the yellow Gypsy's lips
Than all of your gold and silver-o."

 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=V2QZIuFPrTo

lostbird lostbird 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 27, 2008

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Oh good ......did you check out the youtube link?<br />
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Its a song I come back to every now and again...it stirs up great passions! lol