The Raggle Taggle Gypsy chords & lyrics

by The Irish Descendants

The Raggle Taggle Gypsy is a traditional Irish Folk Song. It was first recorded by Francis James Child in 1814. This cover by The Irish Descendants is from the album So Far So Good: Best of.
Music: Key of B Minor in 4/4 time at 170 bpm (♩)
Chords: Bm, Em, E, F#m, D, A, G
The Irish Descendants

The Raggle Taggle Gypsy by The Irish Descendants

Intro: 4/4 | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  |
           | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  |
           | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  | Bm  | G   | Em  | F#m  |
           |  A  | Bm  -  G  | Bm  |2/4  D   |4/4  E  |  E   |

               Bm
1. There were three old gyp-sies came to our hall door
                       F#m
   They came brave and bold-ly - oh
                A                     E           G
   And there's one sang high and the oth-er sang low
           Bm                              D       E  | E  |
   And the la-dy sang the Rag-gle Tag-gle gyp-sy - oh

          Bm
2. It was up-stairs and down-stairs the La-dy went
                       F#m
   Put on her suit of leath-er - oh
       A                  E        G
   It was the cry all a-round the door
           Bm                            D       E  | E  |
   She's a-way with the Rag-gle Tag-gle Gyp-sy - oh

           Bm
3. It was late that night when the Lord came in
                      F#m
   In-quir-ing for his La-dy - oh
        A                     E           G
   The ser-vant girl she re-plied to the Lord
           Bm                            D     | G  | G  | E  | E  |
   She's a-way with the Rag-gle Tag-gle Gyp-sy - oh

           Bm
4. Oh then sad-dle for me___ Me' milk-white steed 
                         F#m
   Me' big horse is not speedy - oh 
        A                     E            G
   To-night I'll ride to the wide o-pen  field
             Bm                    D       E  | E  |
   And it's there that I'll spy my La-dy - oh

      Bm
5. So he rode east____ He rode west 
                      F#m
   He rode North and south al-so 
            A                  E           G
   It was when he rode to the wide o-pen field
           Bm                     D       E  | E  |
   It was there that he spied his La-dy - oh

      Bm
6. Oh why did you leave your house and your land 
                          F#m
   Why did you leave your mon-ey - oh 
        A                     E              G
   And why did you leave your on-ly wed-ded Lord 
         Bm                            D       E  | E  |
   To be off with the Rag-gle Tag-gle Gyp-sy - oh

               Bm
7. You're a - What do I care for me house and me land 
                      F#m
   What do I care for mon-ey - oh 
        A                    E              G
   And what do I care for me on-ly wed-ded Lord
         Bm                            D       E  | Bm... x7 |
   I'm a-way with the Rag-gle Tag-gle Gyp-sy - oh

         Bm
8. Last night you slept in a goose-feath-er bed 
                          F#m
   The blank-ets drawn so come-ly - oh
        A                    E           G
   To-night you'll lie in a wide o-pen field
           Bm                          D       E  | Bm... x7 |
   In the arms of the Rag-gle Tag-gle Gyp-sy - oh

               Bm
9. You're a - What do I care for a goose-feath-er bed
                       F#m
   What do I care for blank-ets - oh
                   A                    E              G
   And you're a - What do I care for me on-ly wed-ded Lord
         Bm                            D       E  | E  |
   I'm a-way with the Rag-gle Tag-gle Gyp-sy - oh

       Bm
10. So he rode east____ She rode west
                    F#m
    He rode high and I rode low
               A                        E                G
    Well I'd  rath-er have a kiss of a yel-low Gyp-sy's lips 
         Bm                         D       E  | E  |
    Than all of your cash and your mon-ey - oh

                Bm
11. There were three old gyp-sies came to our hall door
                        F#m
    They came brave and bold-ly - oh
                 A                     E           G
    And there's one sang high and the oth-er sang low
            Bm                            D     | G  | G  | E  | E  | Bm  |
    And the la-dy sang the Raggle Taggle gyp-sy - oh___   (decrease tempo...) 

B Minor

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
          D                A                  E                Em                F#m               Bm
  e |---|-2-|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
  B |---|---|-3-|   B |---|-3-|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|-2-|---|
  G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|-4-|
  D |---|---|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|-3-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |-1-|---|-3-|
  A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |-1-|---|---|
  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|   E |-1-|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         2   3   4         2   3   4 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       D                A                  E                Em                F#m               Bm
 |---|-2-|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e
 |-3-|---|---| B   |---|-3-|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|-2-|-1-| B
 |---|-1-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |-4-|---|-1-| G
 |---|---|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-3-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |-4-|---|-1-| D   |-3-|---|-1-| D
x|---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A   |---|---|-1-| A
x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E  x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         4   3   2         4   3   2 Frets
   

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Fairy Easy. There are 1 or 2 barre chords of depending on how you play Bm.
  • Song Key: Bm - the relative minor of D Major - 2 sharps (F# C#)
  • 4/4 time: This means 4 quarter-note/crotchet beats per bar.
  • Tempo: The tempo of the song falls into the presto or fast category of around 170 bpm for every crotchet/ quarter note beat. If you find this off-putting, you can set your click track to 85 bpm so that the click will occur on every second beat or half-note/minim beat.
  • Notice the time signature change in the intro to 2/4 time (2 quarter-note/crotchet beats for the bar). It only occurs for 1 bar/measure and then back to 4/4 time for the rest of the song.
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