The Gypsy Rover lyrics

by Foster & Allen

The gypsy rover came over the hill,
Down through the valley so shady;
He whistled and sang till the green woods rang,
And he won the heart of the lady.

Ah dee doo ah dee doo dah day,
Ah dee doo ah de day dee
He whistled and sang till the green woods rang,
And he won the heart of the lady.

She left her father's castle gate;
She left her fair young lover,
She left her servants and her estate,
To follow the gypsy rover.

Ah dee doo ah dee doo dah day,
Ah dee doo ah de day dee
He whistled and sang till the green woods rang,
And he won the heart of the lady.

Her father saddled up his fastest steed
He ranged the valleys all over
He sought his daughter at great speed
And the whistling gypsy rover

Ah dee doo ah dee doo dah day,
Ah dee doo ah de day dee
He whistled and sang till the green woods rang,
And he won the heart of the 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

Ah dee doo ah dee doo dah day,
Ah dee doo ah de day dee
He whistled and sang till the green woods rang,
And he won the heart of the lady.

"He is no gypsy, father dear,
But Lord of these lands all over;
I'm going to stay 'til my dying day,
With my whistling Gypsy Rover."

Ah di doo ah di doo dah day,
Ah di doo ah de day dee
He whistled and he sang,
Till the green woods rang,
And he won the heart of the lady.

Song Details

Foster & Allen
Foster & Allen

Composer: Leo Maguire (1950's)... the song is also known as The Whistling Gypsy.

First recorded: In Dublin - 1950's by Joe Lynch, an Irish actor, singer/songwriter from Mallow, County Cork, Ireland.

Brief: The story of a young lady who leaves her wealthy father's castle estate and lover to be with a whistling gypsy rover... his singing and whistling and happy disposition won her heart. Her father travels over the country side to find her and bring her home but she has other plans... she will 'stay with her rover till her dying day'. As it turned out, when the father finally caught up with them, it was revealed that he not a gypsy but 'Lord of the lands all over'.

Category: Irish Folk Song

Recording Artists: Foster & Allen (featured), Carmel Quinn, The Clancy Brothers, The Kingston Trio, The Highwaymen, Glenn Yarbrough, The Seekers, The Wiggles.

Logo The Gypsy Rover by Foster & Allen is featured on the album The Early Years

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