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Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day

GUEST,Fast eddy 06 Jan 03 - 04:45 PM
masato sakurai 06 Jan 03 - 06:45 PM
Jim Dixon 19 Dec 11 - 12:15 PM
GUEST,Captain Swing 19 Dec 11 - 12:22 PM
GUEST,Captain Swing 19 Dec 11 - 12:24 PM
GUEST,Captain Swing 19 Dec 11 - 12:29 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 19 Dec 11 - 01:30 PM
Joe Offer 25 Jun 20 - 03:46 PM
MartinNail 25 Jun 20 - 04:59 PM
Captain Swing 25 Jun 20 - 07:06 PM
Tattie Bogle 25 Jun 20 - 08:31 PM
GUEST,vectis 28 Jun 20 - 05:20 AM
Steve Gardham 28 Jun 20 - 10:09 AM
cnd 28 Jun 20 - 10:50 AM
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Subject: The Gypsy's wedding day
From: GUEST,Fast eddy
Date: 06 Jan 03 - 04:45 PM

There is a lot of chat about this song ,but I can't pin down the lyrics. Starts with 'there was a wedding on the 3rd of December.I heard it by a German band and it goes at a furious pace, anybody help?


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Subject: RE: The Gypsy's wedding day
From: masato sakurai
Date: 06 Jan 03 - 06:45 PM

That sounds like a different song from The Gypsy Maid (The Gypsy's Wedding Day), a version of which is THE LITTLE GYPSY GIRL.
~Masato


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE GYPSY'S WEDDING DAY (from Burl Ives)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 12:15 PM

THE GYPSY'S WEDDING DAY
As sung by Burl Ives on "Sings His Favorites" (1996)

As I was a-walkin' down a London street,
A handsome young gypsy gal at first I chanced to meet.
I viewed her pretty brown eyes; I knowed I loved her well.
Says I, "My little gypsy girl, can you my fortune tell?
Can you my fortune tell? Can you my fortune tell?"
Says I, "My little gypsy girl, can you my fortune tell?"

"Oh, yes, sir; oh, please, sir, hold out to me your hand.
You have many a fine fortune in many a far-off land.
You've courted many fine ladies; you've thrown them all aside.
It is a little gypsy girl that is to be your bride.
That is to be your bride, that is to be your bride,
It is a little gypsy girl that is to be your bride."

I took her; I led her to my cottage by the shore,
Where servants stood waiting to open up the door.
The bells they did ring and the music they did play,
For 'twas the celebration of the gypsy's weddin' day.
The gypsy's weddin' day, oh, the gypsy's weddin' day,
It was the celebration of the gypsy's weddin' day.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day
From: GUEST,Captain Swing
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 12:22 PM

This was published in a collection of Lincolnshire folk songs around the late 60s/early 70s. I think it's likely that it was recorded by The Broadside from Grimsby.

Here is the missing first verse.

My father is the king of the Gypsies that is true
My mother she sent me out, some camping for to do
They put a pack upon my back and all did wish me well
So I set of to London some fortunes for to tell
Some fortunes for to tell, some fortunes for to tell
So I set of to London some fortunes for to tell


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day
From: GUEST,Captain Swing
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 12:24 PM

That should be, "So I set off to London" not "of"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day
From: GUEST,Captain Swing
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 12:29 PM

More info https://mainlynorfolk.info/joseph.taylor/songs/thegipsysweddingday.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 19 Dec 11 - 01:30 PM

The lyrics for the song the OP requested (all those years ago!) are available here: Gipsies' Wedding Day - lyricsmania

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Jun 20 - 03:46 PM

My friend Louise sang this last night, and it was wonderful.

Little Gypsy Girl
or
Gypsy’s Wedding Day


My father is the king of all the gypsies, it is true.
My mother she has learned me a camping thing or two.
They put my pack upon my back and they all did wish well
And I started out for London town some fortunes for to tell.

As I was a walking all down a London Street
A handsome young squire I chanced for to meet.
He viewed my brown cheeks, and he liked them so well
He said, “My little Gypsy girl, can you my fortune tell?”

“Oh! yes, Sir,” I said to him,”please hold to me your hand.
I see you have riches and houses and fine land.
But all those pretty maidens, you must put them to one side,
For I’m the little Gypsy girl that is to be your bride.”

He took me to his castle there were carpets on the floor
And servants there waiting to open every door.
There were ladies there of honor and sweet music it did play
And all was for to celebrate the Gypsy’s wedding day.

So it’s farewell to the Gypsy life and camping on the green.
No more with my brothers and my sisters I’ll be seen.
Once I was a Gypsy girl, but now a squire”s bride
With servants here to wait on me and in my carriage ride.

Louise says: I’m not sure where I hear it. Maybe on a Tim O’Brian CD. Cathy Dyer suggested I would enjoy is music when I was visiting her and Peter in New Zealand. I found one of his cd’s here at Armadillo (Back in the days when we could still going stores!). It has several fun songs on it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day
From: MartinNail
Date: 25 Jun 20 - 04:59 PM

Joe, there are lots of versions of this song of course but this looks to me very like the one collected from Louise Holmes of Dinedor in Herefordshire by Peter Kennedy and published his Folksongs of Britain & Ireland. Quite a few people such as Shirley Collins learnt it from a BBC recording of her. All you need to fill in the rest of the chain of transmission!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day
From: Captain Swing
Date: 25 Jun 20 - 07:06 PM

Joseph Taylor sang The Gipsy's Wedding Day in 1908, which was recorded on wax cylinders for Percy Grainger and published in 1972 on the Leader LP Unto Brigg Fair and in 1998 on the Topic anthology of songs of courtship and marriage Come Let Us Buy the Licence. (The Voice of the People Volume 1). The original album's sleeve notes say:

This song was in the repertoires of many of the Lincolnshire singers that Grainger obtained songs from. Despite the strictures and suspicions of many of the early collectors connected with the Folk Song Society, the tune (or versions of it) has done great service with many associated texts; among them might be mentioned The Banks of Sweet Dundee, On Board the “Kangaroo” and The Handsome Cabin Boy. Mr O'Shaughnessy notes its resemblance to The Bluebell's of Scotland. See also FSJ No. 5. Sound recordings: BBC 18691, Col 15519, FA 2362.

Shirley Collins sang this song with somewhat different verses as The Little Gypsy Girl. She recorded this in 1971 for her album with the Albion Country Band, No Roses and it was reissued on her anthology A Favourite Garland. Her album's sleeve notes cite Louise Holmes of Hereford as source and comment:

Recorded in the field in the 1950's by Peter Kennedy for the BBC Archives. Peter, along with Alan Lomax, Bob Copper, Hamish Henderson and Sean O'Boyle, was responsible for collecting traditional music from all over the British Isles. All the recordings are lodged in the archives at the BBC. I've done a few radio programmes from them, and a lot of the discs are warped. I hope someone's taking care of them—it's a unique collection and deserves to be treated with a lot more care and respect.

She also sang it live with the Etchingham Steam Band in June 1975 at the 4. Folk-Festival auf der Lenzburg, reissued on Within Sound, and in July 1975 at Lewes Folk Day; the latter recording is available on the CD The Etchingham Steam Band.

The Broadside sang The Gipsy's Wedding Day in 1971 as the title track of their album of Lincolnshire folk songs, The Gipsy's Wedding Day. They noted:

Another Joseph Taylor item, and one of the most attractive in The Broadside's repertoire. Grainger reported that the song was “very generally sung in Lincolnshire”. The tune is a variant of the air to The Blue Bells of Scotland.


from: https://mainlynorfolk.info/joseph.taylor/songs/thegipsysweddingday.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 25 Jun 20 - 08:31 PM

It's on one of Eliza Carthy's albums too, which is where I first heard it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day
From: GUEST,vectis
Date: 28 Jun 20 - 05:20 AM

Mary Humphries sings it too. She may well know its origins.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 28 Jun 20 - 10:09 AM

This isn't an origins thread, but if anyone is interested I can check it out.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day
From: cnd
Date: 28 Jun 20 - 10:50 AM

I see no harm in doing that! Sounds like it may have some interesting origins.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Gypsy's Wedding Day
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 28 Jun 20 - 03:13 PM

Widely printed in England and Scotland in the 19th century mostly titled 'The Little Gipsy Girl'.

The earliest I have is titled 'Fortune Teller', song 19 in 'The New Winter's Amusement and Jolly Toper's Companion' printed by Evans of London c1790 ref BL 1077 g.47.8.19

If pushed I would guess it came from a late 18th century theatre production.


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