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Thread #35547   Message #485724
Posted By: Joe Offer
17-Jun-01 - 10:06 PM
Thread Name: Help: History of Blackjack David-y-ey
Subject: RE: Help: History of Blackjack David-y-ey
Here's what the Traditional Ballad Index has to say about the song.
-Joe Offer-

Gypsy Laddie, The [Child 200]

DESCRIPTION: A lord comes home to find his lady "gone with the gypsy laddie." He saddles his fastest horse to follow her. He finds her and bids her come home; she will not return, preferring the cold ground and the gypsy's company to her lord's wealth and fine bed
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1740 (Tea-Table Miscellany)
KEYWORDS: elopement Gypsy
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber,Bord,High),England(All)) US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,So,SE) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland
REFERENCES (23 citations):
Child 200, "The Gypsy Laddie" (12 texts)
Bronson 200, "The Gypsy Laddie" (128 versions)
Randolph 27, "The Gypsy Davy" (8 texts, 4 tunes)
Eddy 21, "The Gypsy Laddie" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Leach, pp. 539-543, "The Gypsy Laddie" (4 texts)
Friedman, p. 105, "The Gypsy Laddie (Johnny Faa)" (2 texts)
OBB 148, "The Gypsy Countess" (1 text)
Warner 42, "Gypsy Davy" (1 text, 1 tune)
PBB 18, "The Gypsy Laddie" (1 text)
Sharp-100E 5, "The Wraggle Taggle Gipsies, O!" (1 text, 1 tune)
Niles 52, "The Gypsy Laddie" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sharp/Karpeles-80E 22, "Gypsy Davy (The Gypsy Laddie" (1 text, 1 tune -- a composite version)
Sandburg, p. 311, "Gypsy Davy" (1 text, 1 tune)
SHenry H124, p. 509, "The Brown-Eyed Gypsies" (1 text, 1 tune)
Asch/Dunson/Raim, p. 108 "Black Jack David" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hodgart, p. 72, "The Gypsy Laddie" (1 text)
JHCox 21, "The Gyspy Laddie" (4 texts, 1 tune)
TBB 6, "The Gipsy Laddie" (1 text)
Abrahams/Foss, pp. 181-184, "Gypsy Davey"; "Gypsy Laddie O"; "Gypsy Laddie" (3 texts, 3 tunes)
Gilbert, p. 35, "The Gypsy Davy" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 194, "Gypsy Davey"; p. 211, "The Gypsy Rover"; p. 213, "The Wraggle-Taggle Gypsies" (3 texts)
BBI, ZN2567, "There was seven Gipsies all in a gang"

Lawrence Older, "Gypsy Davy" (on LOlder01)
New Lost City Ramblers, "Black Jack David" (on NLCR04); "Black Jack Daisy" (on NLCR14, NLCRCD2)
Black Jack Davy
Clayton Boone
The Gypsy Davy
Johnny Faa
Davy Faa
The Wraggle Taggle Gypsy
The Lady and the Gypsy
Harrison Brady
Gypson Davy
Notes: Although the hero of this song is often called "Johnny Faa" or even "Davy Faa," he should not be confused with the hero/villain of "Davy Faa (Remember the Barley Straw)." - RBW
[Silber and Silber mis-identify all their texts] as deriving from "Child 120," which is actually "Robin Hood's Death." - PJS
File: C200

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