Seven O' the Gypsies

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Originally an Anglo-Scottish border ballad, now a folk standard widely recognised as Raggle Taggle Gypsies. Inspired by Stick in the Wheel's rendition, Seven O' The Gypsies features Rosie May with unusually bare, childlike lead vocals, giving a haunting storytelling quality. Carried by cajon with a bass kick, the song features Emma Holbrook with a high hat drive which expands the track with an anachronistic quality. Joel Tait's guitar is built on a set of energetic yet delicate octave based chord licks played with the trademark Spanish guitar technique. The rhythm and guitar sections are grounded by a solid accordion drone with atmospheric violin details played by Tanya Allen.


There were seven old gypsies came to our door
They came brave and boldy-o
And one sang high and the other sang low
One sang a raggle taggle gypsy-o

It was upstairs, downstairs the lady went
Put on her suit of leather-o
When there came a cry from around the door
She's gone with seven old gypsies-o

It was late that night when the lord came in
Enquiring for his lady-o
When a servant girl she said to the lord
"She's gone with seven old gypsies-o"

"Well bridle me, my bonnie bonnie mare
My big horse isn't speedy-o
And we will ride 'til I seek my bride
She's gone with seven old gypsies-o"

Well he rode East, he rode West
He rode late 'til early-o
'Til he came across the riverside
There he spied his lady-o

"What makes you leave your house and your land?
What makes you leave your money-o?
How could you leave your newly wedded man?
To go with seven old gypsies-o?"

"What care I for your house and your land?
What care I for your money-o?
For tonight I'll sleep in a cold baron shed
In the arms of a raggle taggle gypsy-o"

There were seven old gypsies standing in a row
None of them were lame or lazy-o
And they came one night to the house of the lord
And stole the heart of his lady-o


from Bedlam EP, released November 2, 2015
Lead vocals: Rosie May
Guitar & accordion: Joel Tait
Percussion: Emma Holbrook
Violin: Tanya Allen

Engineered by Ben Modley and Joel Tait



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We are born of Somerset where Mazy means mad, and the Ancient Mariner mourns the sea alongside Shantyman sailor, Yankee Jack.

Publicans, farmers and nomads, we came together in early 2015; some old friends, others new. We draw raw sounds and inspiration as a group of artists with individual journeys. Gigging, exploring and studying, from our home and across the world.
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