MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

Roving Gypsy

Mrs. T. Ghaney NFLD 2 Tape 14 Track 5
Fermeuse Audio:
Ballad

LEACH: All right
MRS. G:

Standing by her window one day
Gazing out at those gypsies gay
When a silly t'ought ran in her mind
To follow those rovin' gypsies true

Her husband came home late that night
Inquiring for his lady gay
I’m afraid I’m afraid said the gay kitchen maid
She have followed those rovin' gypsies true

Come saddle my horses get ready my cane
Come saddle my horses and l will go see
With a brace of pistols hang to his side
As he followed those rovin' gypsies true

He rode east and he rode west
Finding out of those gypsies gay
Oh farmer farmer come tell me true
Did you see any rovin' gypsies there

You go down to yonder valley green
You go down to yonder valley go
It is you will see your own wedded love
In the arms of a rovin' gypsy true

Will you forsake your houses and lands
Will you forsake your children too
Will you forsake your own wedded love
And follow those rovin' gypsies true

Yes I’ll forsake my houses and lands
Yes I’ll forsake my children too
Yes I’ll forsake my own wedded love
And I’ll follow those rovin' gypsies true

Last night you lay on a warm feather bed
With a blanket warm about you spread
And tonight you must lie on the cold cold ground
In the arms of a rovin' gypsy true

I would eat of the grass I would drink of the dew
I would eat of the grass I would drink of the dew
I would eat of the grass and I’d drink of the dew
And I’d follow the rovin' gypsy true


Notes


Text: A wife decides one day to follow the gypsies. Her husband returns to find her gone and sets out to find her. When confronted, she still chose her new gypsy lover and the rugged wandering life over her husband and home comforts.

Tune: The text is through composed with an internal repetition of some phrases within verses. The melody is repeated with each verse. The meter is 2/4. The key is B-flat major with an octave range based on B-flat.

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