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Posted By: GUEST,David E. Siegel (
31-Jul-00 - 04:20 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Raggle-Taggle Gypsy
Subject: Lyr Add: BLACKJACK DAVY
Richard Dyer-Bennett did a version of this, on his CD Entitled "The Wraggle-Taggle Gypsies". This is a collection of traditional songs from various periods, with printed lyrics in the liner notes. Don't have the CD to hand, but I bought it only 3 or 4 years ago in a mainstream book/record store, so it can't be long out of print. He also did a version of BLACKJACK DAVY on a much older record which I used to have in vinyl. If memory serves that version went:

Blackjack Davy came a riding through the trees.
He sang so loud and clearly.
He made the green woods around him ring,
And he charmed the heart of a lady. (2x)

Will you go with me, my pretty little miss?
Will you go with me, my honey?
She made him an answer with a hug and a kiss:
"I'll be sixteen next Sunday." (2x)

She took off her high-heeled shoes
All made of Spanish leather.
She put on her low-heeled shoes
And they rode off together. (2x)

The landlord he came home at night
Inquiring for his lady.
The chambermaid made this reply:
"She's gone with the Blackjack Davy." (2x)

"Go bridle and saddle my little yellow mare.
The grey one's not so speedy.
I rode all day and I'll ride all night
So I'll overtake my lady." (2x)

He rode till he came to the dark blue sea.
It looked so dark and dreary.
And there he spied his own dear bride
By the side of the Blackjack Davy. (2x)

"Will you forsake your house and land?
Will you forsake your baby?
Will you forsake your own wedded lord
To go with the black-jack Davy?" (2x)

She took off her white glove
All made of Spanish leather.
She waved farewell with her lily-white hand.
She said, "Farewell forever." (2x)


I also recall some quotes/references to one of the versions given earlier in this thread in D. L. Sayers' novel _Busman's Honeymoon_ when it appears that the main characters may be locked out on their wedding night.

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