The Gypsy Girl

The Gypsy Girl by Pierre Auguste Renoir

This song was recorded by Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers in 1930. It is much older however.. I heard it from Tom Paley and the Old Reliable String Band on their one and only album. Tom formed this group with Roy Berkeley and Artie Rose after he left the NLCR in 1963.

It's just a charming little love ballad that I always liked.

Lyrics: 

Oh once I was a gypsy girl but now I'm a rich man's bride
With servants to wait on me while in my carriage ride

While in my carriage ride
While in my carriage ride
With servants to wait on me
While in my carriage ride

When I was a strollin' one day down London street
A handsome young squire was the first I chance to meet
He viewed my pretty brown cheeks which now he loves so well
He said my little gypsy girl will you my fortune tell

Will you my forture tell . . .

Oh yes, kind sir, Please hold to me your hand
You have many fine mansions In many a foreign land
But all those fine young ladies you'll cast them all aside
I am the gypsy girl who is to be your bride

Who is to be your bride . . .

He took me, he led me to a pleasant quiet shore
With servants to wait on me and open my door

And open my own door . . .

(repeat first)

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C standard