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The Gypsy Laddie
Traditional, arranged by the Tannahill Weavers

 
Rumour has it that the gypsy in this song was, in fact, a prince.  Thankfully, for once, he hasn't started life as a little green amphibian only to arrive at the final humiliation - marriage, to a woman who kisses frogs.


LYRICS:

There were three gypies in a row
And o' but they were bonnie o
They sang sae sweet and sae complete
They've stolen the heart of a lady o
Laddie o, laddie o, follow the gypsy laddie o

It's ye'll tak' aff that silken goon
And put on this tarten plaidie o
And ye'll come awa' this lee-lang-nicht
And follow the gypsy laddie o

Lord Castles he's cam hame at e'en
Enquiring for his lady o
The hounds is run, the hawks is flown
And they gypsy's awa' wi' yer lady o
Laddie o, laddie o, follow the gypsy laddie o

Come saddle tae me the black, the black
Mak' haste and soon by ready o
For meat and drink I winna taste
Till I get back my lady o

And he's rode east, and he's rode west
Till he's cam tae yonder boggie o
And there he spied the well-faured maid
In the arms of the gypsy laddie o
Laddie o, laddie o, follow the gypsy laddie o

Will ye come wi' me my honey and my heart
Will ye come wi' me my lady o
And I swear by the sword that hangs by my side
The black band ne'er shall steal ye o

I winnae come wi' you my honey and my heart
I winnae come wi' you my dearie o
Till I hae drank the breest I brewed
And that's in the water o' Eerie o
Laddie o, laddie o, follow the gypsy laddie o


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