Nyango sent this song and wrote: "…the 'Three Gypsies' song, we sang it because the English Primers we used in Primary and Secondary schools in the English-speaking part of Cameroon, had these as poems in them. These were British/Oxford Printing Press primers and poems like 'The Keeper did a-shooting go, and under his cloak he carried a bow...', became songs we sang as children."


This song is a border ballad originating in Britain, possibly written around 1720. It is # 200 in Francis James Child's compilation. There are many versions with different titles.



Many thanks to Nyango M. Nambangi of the Minnesota African Women's Association for contributing this song and for singing it.

Here's another recording of the song featuring some comments by Nyango…