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My Mother Said I Never Should -
(English Kids Song)

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The song is sung to the tune of "Go In and Out the Window"...

My Mother Said I Never Should
Children's Song

My Mother said, I never should
Play with the gypsies in the wood.
If I did, she would say;
'Naughty girl to disobey!

Your hair shan't curl and your shoes shan't shine,
You gypsy girl, you shan't be mine!
And my father said that if I did,
He'd rap my head with the teapot lid.

My mother said that I never should
Play with the gypsies in the wood.
The wood was dark, the grass was green;
By came Sally with a tambourine.

I went to sea - no ship to get across;
I paid ten shillings for a blind white horse.
I upped on his back and was off in a crack,
Sally tell my mother I shall never come back.
 
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Notes

Sometimes only the first verse of this song is sung. You can hear part of it sung here online.

Comments

Tim Sharrock wrote:

"The version that I knew in my childhood in Kent in the 1940s/early 1950s went:

'My mother said, I never should,
Play with the gypsies in the wood;
Grave were the dangers, so said she,
Of mucking about with Romany.'

(I'm not sure about the 'mucking about'; it might have been 'playing there' or something similar.)" – Dr Tim Sharrock

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Tim Sharrock for sharing his Mom's version of this song!

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