Gypsen Davey

from by The Residuals

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    This is the physical version of The Residuals' second album, "Whiskey, War & Whatnot". At this time, digital download of the whole album is limited only to people who have purchased a copy of the compact disc.

    Comes in a cardstock case, which includes artwork by John Augustus Atkinson, Rick Kroener, and Meaghan Haughian. Brief liner notes can be seen inside.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Whiskey, War & Whatnot via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Versions of this old song appear wherever English is spoken, and this is my favourite version. ~ Jeremy A. Cook


It was late in the night when the squire came home
Inquiring on his lady.
The serving woman answered him
She's gone with the gypsen Davey.

Rada tada tim, tada tim, tada tim, tada
Rada tada tim, die-aisy
Rada tada tim, sing liddle diddle din
Sing liddle diddle gypsen Davey.

Go saddle me my milk white steed
The black one ain't so speedy
I'll ride all night til the broad daylight
And I'll overtake my lady.


He rode til he came unto the town
He rode til he come to Barley.
The tears came rolling down his cheeks
And there he spied his lady.

Oh come back my own true love,
Oh come back my honey.
I swear by the sword that hangs by my side
You shall never lack for money.


I won't go back your own true love.
I won't go back your honey.
For I'd rather have a kiss from a gypsen's lips
Than all your lands and money.


Then hand me back those high-heeled shoes
Made of Spanish leather.
And give to me your lily white hand
And we'll bid goodbye forever.

I'll give to you these high-heeled shoes
Made of Spanish leather
I'll give to you my lily-white hand
And we'll bid goodbye forever.

Last night I lay in a feather bed
Between my husband and baby
Tonight I lie on the cold, cold, ground.
In the arms of the Gypsen Davy


from Whiskey, War & Whatnot, released March 16, 2016
Traditional Appalachian



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Saskatchewan's one-of-a-kind Prairie Celtic band, the Residuals, has been playing acoustic folk music for over ten years. Drawing on Irish, Scottish, and Maritime music, they are at the forefront of a living Prairie Celtic tradition.

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