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There Came Three Gipsies Riding [one]

There came three gipsies riding, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

There came three gipsies riding, song / [six girls from Magilligan], singing in English

There came three gipsies riding
Riding, riding
There came three gipsies riding
Y    -    O    -    U

‘What are you riding here for
Here for, here for?
What are you riding here for?’
Y    -    O    -    U

‘We’re riding here to marry one of you boys...'
‘Who would marry you boys?…’
‘We’re just as good as you boys…’
‘Your knees are stiff as pokers…’
‘We can bend our knees as well as you boys…’
‘Where will your mother sleep?…’

‘Her mother will sleep in her father’s bed…’
‘Where will your father sleep? …’
‘Her father will sleep in the maid’s bed…’
‘Where will the maid sleep? …’
‘The maid will sleep in the pig-sty…’
‘Where will the pig sleep? …’
‘The pig will sleep at the riverside…’
‘Where will you wash your clothes? …'

Db Item 039 Musictr
Db Item 039 Musictr

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Notes from Hugh Shields

Sung to play by the same group of six young Magilligan girls who sing “Three gypsies riding” in this collection. Other references are found in A Gomme’s The traditional games of England, Scotland and Ireland (1964, vol 1:376–388, vol 2:233–55); Broadwood and Maitland’s English country songs (1893:77); M Dean-Smith’s A guide to English fok-song collections, 1822–1952 (nd:11). For a similar amalgamation of the rhymes of “Three dukes” (Roud 730) and “The milking pails” (Roud 3515).  See A Gomme’s The traditional games of England, Scotland and Ireland (vol 1, 1964:388). “Boys” may be men, boys, girls, or women.