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Posted By: Richie
25-Sep-12 - 09:44 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 3
TY Mick,

Hughes was in the New Orleans Opera Troupe (based out of Philadelphia, PA)in August, 1859. Here's the text:

From: Hooley's Opera house Songster: containing a choice selection of sentimental, comic, & Ethiopian songs as sung by D. D. Emmet, G. A. Parkerson, W. S. Budworth, Archy Hughes, G. W. H. Griffin, S. S. Purdy, J. A. Herman, Lew Brimmer, J. T. Boyce and other popular vocalists belonging to the renowned band of Hooley's minstrels. Published 1863 by Dick & Fitzgerald in New York.

LRYIC ADD: GYPSY DAVY
Sung by ARCHY HUGHES. Pub. 1863

THERE was a lord, a high-born lord,
Who courted a high-born lady;
She lived in a palace all so grand,
Till she met with, the Gypsy Davy.

Chorus: Elopements now are all the go,
They set the darkeys crazy;
Take warning all, both great and small,
And beware of the Gypsy Davy !

This lord he was a fine young man,
And he set this lady crazy;
So she packed up her duds, and away she ran
Along with the Gypsy Davy.

Chorus: Elopements now, etc.

Her parients raved, and tore their hair,
When they come for to miss That 'ere baby;
And then to think of that sweet-born baby,
None knew but the Gypsy Davy!

Chorus: Elopements now, etc.

Oh, how could she leave her house and land?
Oh, how could she leave her baby?
Oh, how could she leave her own wedded hand,
To run off with the Gypsy Davy?

Chorus: Elopements now, etc.

Last night she lay in a dear feather bed,
And in her arms her baby;
To-night she'll lay on the cold, cold ground,
In the arms of the Gypsy Davy !

Chorus: Elopements now, etc.