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Gypsy Rover

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Melody: Gypsy Rover (Duration: 2:13) [Artist: Unknown]

The gypsy rover came over the hill
Down thru the valley so shady;
He whistled and he sang
til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

Ah-de-do, ah-de-do-da-day,
Ah-de-do, ah-de-day-o
He whistled and he sang 'til the greenwoods rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

She left her father's castle gate,
she left her fair young lover;
She left her servants
And her estate
to follow the gypsy rover.

Ah-de-do, ah-de-do-da-day,
Ah-de-do, ah-de-day-o
She left her servants and her estate
to follow the gypsy rover.

She left behind her velvet gown,
And shoes of Spanish leather;
They whistled and they sang
Till the greenwood rang,
As they rode off together.

Ah-de-do, ah-de-do-da-day,
Ah-de-do, ah-de-day-o
They whistled and they sang till the greenwood rang,
As they rode off together.

Last night she slept on a goose feather bed
With silken sheets for cover;
Tonight she sleeps
On the cold, cold ground
Beside her gypsy lover.

Ah-de-do, ah-de-do-da-day,
Ah-de-do, ah-de-day-o
Tonight she sleeps on the cold, cold ground
Beside her gypsy lover.

Her father saddled up his fastest steed
And roamed the valleys all over
Sought his daughter
At great speed
And the whistling gypsy rover.

Ah-de-do, ah-de-do-da-day,
Ah-de-do, ah-de-day-o
Sought his daughter at great speed
And the whistling gypsy rover.

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

Ah-de-do, ah-de-do-da-day,
Ah-de-do, ah-de-day-o
And there was music and there was wine,
For the gypsy and his lady.

"Have you forsaken your house and home?
Have you forsaken your baby?
Have you forsaken
your husband dear
For a whistling gypsy rover?"

Ah-de-do, ah-de-do-da-day,
Ah-de-do, ah-de-day-o
"Have you forsaken your husband dear
For a whistling gypsy rover?"

Her father leapt from his thund'ring steed
He seized the Gypsy Rover
"You'll dangle at the end
of the hangman's threed
For the taking o' my daughter."

Ah-de-do, ah-de-do-da-day,
Ah-de-do, ah-de-day-o
"You'll dangle at the end of the hangman's threed
For the taking o' my daughter."

"He is no gypsy, my father," said she
"But lord of these lands all over,
And I shall stay
'til my dying day
With my whistling gypsy rover."

Ah-de-do, ah-de-do-da-day,
Ah-de-do, ah-de-day-o
"And I shall stay 'til my dying day
With my whistling gypsy rover."

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Comments:

The Whistling Gypsy was written by Leo McGuire in Dublin about 1950 and first sung by Joe Lynch, the popular ballad singer from Cork. The song was written on a dare - I heard this from McGuire himself - that he could write a popular Irish song that would not have a sad ending! The song was very popular throughout the 1950s.

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