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


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


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

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

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

Thank you!