Gypsy's Warning, The

DESCRIPTION: "Trust him not, oh gentle lady, Though his voice is low and sweet." "Listen to the Gypsy's warning, Gentle lady, trust him not." The Gypsy tells of a girl betrayed; the lady scorns (her). (The sequel may give the man's self-defense and the lady's answer)
AUTHOR: (first part attributed to "Georgiana D. S." in the Godey's Lady's Book publication)
EARLIEST DATE: 1857 (Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine -- Part I only); the oldest sheet music version seems to be from 1864
KEYWORDS: Gypsy love warning
REFERENCES (18 citations):
Randolph 743, "The Gypsy's Warning" (4 texts, 1 tune, the first being the "Gypsy's Warning" proper, the second the "Answer to the Gypsy's Warning," the third being "The Decision in the Gypsy's Warning," and the last an excerpt from a copyrighted piece by Monroe H. Rosenfeld)
Randolph/Cohen-OzarkFolksongs-Abridged, pp. 525-527, "The Gypsy's Warning" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 743A)
Arnold-FolkSongsofAlabama, p. 73, "Gipsy's Warning" (1 text, 1 tune)
Henry-SongsSungInTheSouthernAppalachians, pp. 154-155, "The Gypsy's Warning" (1 text)
Brewster-BalladsAndSongsOfIndiana 55, "The Gypsy's Warning" (1 text plus mention of 1 more); 56, "Answer to the Gypsy's Warning" (1 text)
Peters-FolkSongsOutOfWisconsin, pp. 75-76, "The Gypsy's Warning"-"Do Not Heed Her Warning"-"The Decision" (1 text, consisting of the three parts, 1 tune)
Stout-FolkloreFromIowa 58, pp. 76-79, "The Gypsy's Warning (And Answer)" (3 texts, two being of the "Warning" and one being the "Answer")
Cox-FolkSongsSouth 149, "The Gypsy's Warning" (1 text)
Cox/Hercog/Halpert/Boswell-WVirginia-B, #30, pp. 201-202, "The Gypsy's Warning" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Boette-SingaHipsyDoodle, p. 50, "The Gypsy's Warning" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah, #60, "The Gypsy's Warning" (1 text, 1 tune); #61, "Answer to the Gypsy's Warning" (1 text)
Finger-FrontierBallads, pp. 116-118, "The Gypsy's Warning" (1 text)
Spaeth-ReadEmAndWeep, pp. 19-21, "Love's Ritornella" (2 texts, 1 tune, with this piece listed as an appendix to the song named)
Wolf-AmericanSongSheets, #744, p. 49, "The GIpsy's Warning" (1 reference)
cf. Gardner/Chickering-BalladsAndSongsOfSouthernMichigan, p. 479, "The Gypsy's Warning" (source notes only)
ADDITIONAL: _Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine_, Volume 55, November 1857, p. 448, "The Gypsy's Warning" (1 text, of the first part)
Aline Waites & Robin Hunter, _The Illustrated Victorian Songbook_, Michael Joseph Ltd., 1984, pp. 82-83, "The Gipsy's Warning" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #1764 and 3761 and 6421
Vernon Dalhart, "The Gypsy's Warning" (Perfect 12330, 1927; Romeo 601, 1928) (Brunswick 122, 1927; Supertone S-2011, 1930)
"Gooby" Jenkins, "The Gypsy's Warning" (Okeh 45069, 1926)
Arthur Smith Trio, "The Gypsy's Warning" (Bluebird B-7893, 1938)

NOTES [137 words]: This probably originated as three separate pieces, the original being "The Gypsy's Warning" (Roud #1764) and the sequels being the "Answer to the Gypsy's Warning" (Roud #3761, in which the young man begs the girl "Do not heed her warning") and the "Decision in the Gypsy's Warning" (Roud #6421, in which the girl decides to heed the warning).
The three can, however, be sung together, and they are obviously dependent. What is more, the versions have sometimes merged (e.g. in the version in Peters-FolkSongsOutOfWisconsin). So I am listing them as one song even though I know they are multiple.
The song seems to have been in tradition by 1880; Laura Ingalls Wilder quotes the first part in By the Shores of Silver Lake, chapter 22.
Thanks to Jim Dixon for locating the Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine version. - RBW
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File: R743

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