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The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies (Engleska​/​England)

from Songbook Songs by Dunja Knebl & Roko Margeta

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Ovo je prva pjesma koju sam ikad naučila prema notama iz neke pjesmarice (The Fireside Book of Folk Songs). Očarala me romantična iluzija o slobodi u priči gdje je bogata lady ostavila svojeg mladog muža lorda i materijalna bogatstva, te pobjegla živjeti s Romima.

This is the very first folk song I ever learned according to music from a songbook (The Fireside Book of Folk Songs). I was fascinated by the romantic illusion of freedom in the song’s story where a lady leaves her lord husband and material riches to go and live with the gypsies.

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There were three gypsies a-come to my door,
And downstairs ran this a-lady, O!
One sang high and the other sang low,
And the other sang bonny, bonny, Biscay, O!

Then she took off her rich attire,
And put on hose of leather, O!
The ragged, ragged rags about our door,
And she’s gone with the wraggle taggle gypsies,
O!

It was late last night when my lord came home,
Inquiring for his a-lady, O!
The servants said on every hand,
She’s gone with the wraggle taggle gypsies, O!

Go saddle to me my milk white steed,
Go and fetch me my pony, O!
For I shall ride to seek my bride,
Who is gone with the wraggle taggle gypsies, O!

O he rode high, and he rode low,
He rode through wood and copses too,
He rode till he came to a wide open field,
And there he espied his a-lady, O!

What makes you leave your house and your land?
What makes you leave your money, O!
What makes you leave your new-wedded lord,
To go with the wraggle taggle gypsies, O!

What care I for my house and my land?
What care I for my money, O?
What care I for my new-wedded lord?
I’m off with the wraggle-taggle gypsies, O!

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from Songbook Songs, released November 5, 2021
Dunja: glas/voice, gitara/guitar
Roko: glas/voice, dječji klavir/toy piano, melodika/melodica, mala udaraljka/small percussion, tapan, fućkanje/whistling

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Dunja Knebl Zagreb, Croatia

I have recorded 15 albums of less known or forgotten traditional Croatian folk songs released by different labels as compact discs, 3 of which are on BC. Here you can also find my recordings of folk songs from some other countries I have lived in (free download), some live concerts from the past (free download), and my singer-songwriter album Love Li(v)es. ... more

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