Words and music Leo Maguire
Performed by Marc Gunn
From CD: The Bridge
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He whistled and he sang ’til the green woods rang
And he won the heart of a lady.
She left her father’s castle gate.
She left her own fine lover.
She left her servants and her state
To follow her gypsy rover.
She left behind her velvet gown
And shoes of Spanish leather
They whistled and they sang ’till the green woods rang
As they rode off together
Last night, she slept on a goose feather bed
With silken sheets for cover
Tonight she’ll sleep on the cold, cold ground
Beside her gyspy lover
Her father saddled up his fastest stead
And roamed the valley all over.
Sought his daughter at great speed
And the whistlin’ 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.
“He is no gypsy, my Father,” she cried
“but Lord of these lands all over.
And I shall stay ’til my dying day
with my whistlin’ gypsy rover.”
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This song also known as “The Whistling Gypsy Rover” was copyrighted by Leo Maguire in 1950s. It is based on the Popular Childe Ballad #200, “The Gypsy Laddie”.