The Raggle Taggle Gypsies polka

Also known as Raggle Taggle Gypsy, Seven Yellow Gypsies, Wraggle Taggle Gypsies Oh.

There are 14 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Raggle Taggle Gypsies has been added to 169 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Raggle Taggle Gypsies
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F |:"D"F A A A/A/|F D D2|"D"d d d A/A/|
"G"(BA/)A/ "D"A>d|d d d A |"G"B A "D"A>E|
[1 F A A A|"A"E D "D"D2|z4|"A"z2 "D"z F :|
[2 F/A/ A/A/B/A/G/|"/F# /E D"F E D2|z4|"A"z2"D"z2|
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X: 2
T: The Raggle Taggle Gypsies
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
C|:D2 C2 B,3C|D2 C2 B,3B,|B3B c2 B2|A2 FE F3F|
A2 A2 B2 F^G|A^G FE3 B,C|DCDE FAFE|D2 C2 B,2 zC:|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Raggle Taggle Gypsies
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
BA|GEFD|E2 BA|GEFD|E3 B |e2e2|f3e|dBcA|B4|
d2d2|e2Bc|dcBA|G2EF|GFGA|BdBA|GEFD|E4|
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Seven comments

Raggle Taggle

Hello,
i hope this is the right tune. I know it as The raggle Taggle Gypsies.

"Raggle Taggle Gypsy" is, if I recall correctly, a song of which there are many variants — I think it’s Childe Ballad #200. Try at mudcat.org or the general Net and you’ll probably find 200 different sets of lyrics.

The tune I like the best at the moment is (in D):

C|:D2 C2 B,3C|D2 C2 B,3B,|B3B c2 B2|A2 FE F3F|
A2 A2 B2 F^G|A^G FE3 B,C|DCDE FAFE|D2 C2 B,2 zC:|

Oh, and that’s in 4/4, by the way, just because, um, it was.

Zina Lee —

That’s the version I like too. Keeps going ‘round and ‘round in my head.

Hmm

that’s quite a mess you’ve got there? Maybe you should edit the abc to get rid of the repeats. As it is now it’s very difficult to interpret, with the dead measures followed by a measure with two chords and one note. For now I’m passing this by, but I like Zina’s "version" which sounds completely different.

Tannahill Weavers

on the Tannahill Weavers’ first album, they do a version of this song, and call it The Gypsy Laddie(-O)

Planxty has a song called Raggle Taggle Gypsy O with a different melody in minor key…
I think there’s quite a few other recordings of this minor key version too…

new setting

I’ve added a setting based on the version on the album ‘away with the fairies’ by mad dog mcrea