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While Gamekeepers lie sleeping

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Performer: Bunting, Thomas
Place Collected: Sherborne
Date collected: 1927-1935
Roud Number: 363

A hugely popular song in the southern counties of England but very rarely further afield. It is particularly popular with the gypsy community from whom many versions have been collected, even versions in Romany speech. The earliest known version is from 1907 and so far as it known it was never printed as a broadside.  The song was still being sung until recently in the Gloucestershire gypsy community.

Notes by Gwilym Davies