There were three gypsies a come to my door,|
And down stairs ran this a-lady, O.
One sang high and another sang low
And the other sang bonny bonny Biscay O.
2. Then she pulled off her silk finished gown,
3. It was late last night when my lord came home,
4. O saddle to me my milk-white steed
5. O he rode high, and he rode low|
He rode through wood and copses too,
Until he came to a wide open field,
And there he espied his a-lady O.
6. What makes you leave you house and land?
7. What care I for my house and land?
8. "Last night you slept on a goosefeather bed,
9. "What care I for a goose-feather bed,|
With the sheet turned down so bravely, O.
For tonight I'll sleet in a cold open field,
Along with the wraggle-taggle gypsies, O.
In the earliest edition of the ballad, the gypsy's name is Johnny Faa, which apparently was a common name among gypsies. When the gypsies were thrown out of Scotland in 1624, Johnny Faa violated the decree and was hanged for his trouble.
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