“Raggle Taggle Gypsy”: Child Ballad 200

Raggle-Taggle-Gypsy

“The Raggle Taggle Gypsy”

There were three old gypsies came to our hall door
They came brave and boldly-o
And one sang high and the other sang low
And the other sang a raggle-taggle gypsy-o

It was upstairs downstairs the lady went
Put on her suit of leather-o
And there was a cry from around the door
She’s away wi’ the raggle-taggle gypsy-o

It was late that night when the Lord came in
Enquiring for his lady-o
And the servant girl she said to the Lord
“She’s away wi’ the raggle-taggle gypsy-o”

“Then saddle for me my milk-white steed
– my big horse is not speedy-o
And I will ride till I seek my bride
She’s away wi’ the raggle-taggle gypsy-o”

Now he rode East and he rode West
He rode North and South also
Until he came to a wide-open plain
It was there that he spied his lady-o

“How could you leave your goose feather bed
Your blankeys strewn so comely-o?
And how could you leave your newly wedded Lord
All for a raggle-taggle gypsy-o?”

“What care I for my goose feather bed
Wi’ blankets strewn so comely-o?
Tonight I lie in a wide-open field
In the arms of a raggle-taggle gypsy-o”

“How could you leave your house and your land?
How could you leave your money-o?
How could you leave your only wedded Lord
All for a raggle-taggle gypsy-o?”

“What care I for my house and my land?
What care I for my money-o?
I’d rather have a kiss from the yellow gypsy’s lips
I’m away wi’ the raggle-taggle gypsy-o!”

“Raggle Taggle Gypsy”: Child Ballad 200

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