RAGGLE TAGGLE GYPSIES, The

Created on 07/01/2005
Latest update on 22/03/2011

Artist: Maxine Sullivan
Author: traditional
Year: 1940

With John Kirby's orchestra. Cecil Sharp collected his first version in 1909 from an 80 year old shepherd in Oxfordshire (Shepherd Hayden) as Draggle-Tail Gypsies-O.

Covers:

1952:

Alan Dean with Joe Lipman Orch. [for MGM]

1957:

Will Holt [as The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies]

1968:

Shirley Collins [as Seven Yellow Gypsies]

1969:

Martin Carthy [idem]

1970:

Kathleen MacDonald [as The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies]

1971:

Christy Moore [as Raggle Taggle Gypsy on his lp Prosperous, with all members of Planxty]

1973:

Planxty

1978:

Dolores Keane [as Seven Yellow Gypsies]

1990:

Waterboys

1999:

Waterson-Carthy

2001:

Andreas Scholl [inspired by contra-tenor Alfred Deller]

2003:

Chieftains [with Nickel Creek]

2003:

Jim Moray

2004:

Alison Moyet [as The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies-O]

2005:

Benji Kirkpatrick [as Draggle-tail Gypsies-O]

2007:

Johnny Logan

2008:

Celtic Thunder

2010:

Decemberists [in Rox In The Box]

Relates with Gypsy Davey, Black Jack David (see there) and The Gypsy Laddie (Child ballad #200). According to Child, printed versions of this ballad circulate since 1720. The oldest version documented in The Skene Manuscripts (holding even 17th century documents): Lady Casstilles Lilt, about a real lady kidnapped by gypsies and who apparantly enjoyed their company. This kind of Stockholm Syndrome prequel was also known as Johnny Faa, The Gypsiey Laddie. Gypsies were expelled from Scotland since 1541. In 1624 Johnny Faa along with seven other gypsies was sentenced and hanged. He was Lady Jane Hamilton's lover, the wife of the sixth earl of Casillis. She ended up in a tower cell never to be seen again and that's the stuff where legends and saga songs are made of.

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