The Gypsy Laddie

No: 200; variant: 200H

  1. THERE came a gang o gipsies by, And they was singing so merry, O Till they gained the heart o my lady gay, . . . . .
  2. As soon as the lord he did come in, Enquired for his lady, O And some o the sarvants did-a reply, ‘Her’s away wi the gipsy laddie.’ O
  3. ‘O saddle me the bay, and saddle me the grey, Till I go and sarch for my lady;’ And some o the sarvants did-a reply, ‘Her’s away wi the gipsy laddie.’
  4. And he rode on, and he rode off, Till he came to the gipsies’ tentie, And there he saw his lady gay, By the side o the gipsy laddie.
  5. ‘Didn’t I leave you houses and land? And didn’t I leave you money? Didn’t I leave you three pretty babes As ever was in yonder green island?’
  6. ‘What care I for houses and land? And what care I for money? What do I care for three pretty babes? . . . . .
  7. ‘The tother night you was on a feather bed, Now you’re on a straw one,’ . . . . . . . . . .