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.
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.
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…
I’ve added a setting based on the version on the album ‘away with the fairies’ by mad dog mcrea
Tin whistle version here:
Re: The Raggle Taggle Gypsies
The Water Boys did this one at the Cambridge Folk Festival
Hope this is useful!