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The Gypsy Rover is a soft song (ballad) from Ireland heard in Here Comes A Song.

Origins

The song was written by Dublin songwriter Leo Maguire in the 1950s.

Production

Greg sings solo and whistles, Murray plays the bass guitar and Anthony and Peter Mackie from The Cockroaches play the acoustic guitars.

Song Credits:

1992 Version

2016 Version

Listen

16 The Gypsy Rover

Musicians

  • Vocals & Whistling - Greg Page
  • Bass Guitar - Murray Cook
  • Acoustic Guitar - Anthony Field, Peter Mackie

Song Lyrics

1992

Greg: (Whistling)

The Gypsy Rover came over the hill,
Down thru the valley so shady;
He whistled and he sang til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
He whistled and he sang til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

He came at last to a mansion fine,
Down by the river Claydee
And there was music and there was wine,
For the gypsy and his lady.

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
He whistled and he sang til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

"He is no gypsy, my father" she said
"But lord of the three lands all over,
And I will stay 'til my dying day
With my whistling gypsy rover."

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
He whistled and he sang til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

(Whistling)

2016

Lachy: (Whistling)

The Gypsy Rover came over the hill,
Down thru the valley so shady;
He whistled and he sang til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
He whistled and he sang til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

She left her home her castle great
she left her fair young lover
she left her servants and her estate
to follow the Gypsy Rover.

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
He whistled and he sang til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

Her father saddled up his fastest steed
roamed the valleys all over
sought his daughter at great speed
and the whistlin' Gypsy Rover.

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
He whistled and he sang
Til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

He came unto a mansion fine,
Down by the river Claydee
And there was music and there was wine,
For the gypsy and his lady.

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
He whistled and he sang til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

"He is no gypsy, my father" she said
"But lord of the three lands all over,
And I will stay 'til my dying day
With my whistling gypsy rover."

A dee do a dee do die day,
A dee do a dee day-o
He whistled and he sang til the greenwood rang,
And he won the heart of a lady.

(Whistling)

Album Appearances

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