Raggle Taggle Gypsy – lyrics and chords

The lyrics to The Raggle Taggle Gypsy tell the story of lady who deserts her aristocratic husband to run off with a gypsy who calls at the castle door.

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There are versions to be found in Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States. The lyrics given here are the ones most widely used by bands like The Waterboys and Planxty.

The chords are presented here in A Minor, the key used by Christy Moore and Planxty in their version of the Raggle Taggle Gypsy.

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Am 
There were three bold gypsies came to our hall door
 
They came brave and  
C 
boldly-o
 
Well there’s  
Em 
one sang  
Am 
high and the  
Em 
other sang  
Am 
low
 
And the lady sang The  
Em 
Raggle-Taggle 
 
 
Am 
Gypsy-o.

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It was upstairs downstairs the lady went
Put on her suit of leather-o
And there came a cry from around the door
She’s away with the raggle taggle gypsy-o.

It was late that night when the Lord came in
enquiring for his lady-o
And the servant girl she said to the Lord
“She’s away with the raggle taggle gypsy-o”

“Well saddle for me my milk white steed-
My big horse is not speedy-o
And I will ride till I seek my bride
She’s away with the raggle taggle gypsy-o”

Now he rode East and he rode West
He rode North and South also
Until he came to a wide open plain
It was there that he spied his lady-o.

“How could you leave your house and your land
How could you leave your money-o?
And how could you leave your only wedded Lord
All for a raggle taggle gypsy-o?”

“Well what care I for my house and my land?
What care I for my money-o?
I’d rather have a kiss from the yellow gypsy’s lips
I’m away with the raggle taggle gypsy-o!”

How could you leave your goose feather bed
Blankets strewn so comely-o
How could you leave your only wedded lord
All for the gaggle taggle gypsy-o.

What care I for my goose feather bed
Blankets strewn so comely-o
Tonight I lie in a wide open field
In the arms of a raggle taggle gypsy-o.

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[Am]There were three bold gypsies came to our hall door
They came brave and[C] boldly-o
Well there’s[Em] one sang[Am] high and the[Em] other sang[Am] low
And the lady sang The[Em] Raggle-Taggle [Am]Gypsy-o.

It was upstairs downstairs the lady went
put on her suit of leather-o
And there came a cry from around the door
she’s away with the raggle taggle gypsy-o.

It was late that night when the Lord came in
enquiring for his lady-o
And the servant girl she said to the Lord
“She’s away with the raggle taggle gypsy-o.”

“Well saddle for me my milk white steed
– my big horse is not speedy-o
And I will ride till I seek my bride
she’s away with the raggle taggle gypsy-o.”

Now he rode East and he rode West
he rode North and South also
Until he came to a wide open plain
it was there that he spied his lady-o.

“How could you leave your house and your land
How could you leave your money-o?
And how could you leave your only wedded Lord
all for a raggle taggle gypsy-o?”

“Well what care I for my house and my land?
what care I for my money-o?
I’d rather have a kiss from the yellow gypsy’s lips
I’m away with the raggle taggle gypsy-o!”

How could you leave your goose feather bed
Blankets strewn so comely-o
How could you leave your only wedded lord
All for the gaggle taggle gypsy-o.

What care I for my goose feather bed
Blankets strewn so comely-o
Tonight I lie in a wide open field
In the arms of a raggle taggle gypsy-o.

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