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SylverBean wrote at 2009-02-21 01:00:18
When chestnut leaves were falling

Nina was tending her sheep

by the brook she saw a gypsy looking in the water deep

then he raised his eyes to beg her

give me a drink if you will

Nina made a cup of rushes

and the gypsy drank fill

now when chestnut leaves are falling

Nina hears melody float

for the gypsy whistles like a song bird

note for note for note

Patty Rasmussen wrote at 2010-07-01 20:32:49
Looking in the water deep.  Then he raised his eyes and begged her, give me a drink if you will.  Nina filled a cup with rushes and the gypsy drank his fill...that's all I remember, it was my favorite song on singing day in 5th Grade at Read School (Miss Lola Hubbard) in Oshkosh, WI

Ben wrote at 2013-10-10 17:34:11
I remember that song.  It was beautiful and had special meaning for me.  As a child, I would sit in the music room and daydream of being by the brook with Nina or Nita.  As an adult I would often try to sing it but could not remember all of the words.  I looked for it for years and could not find it until today.  Where are those old songs and songbooks that I cherished.  

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Mike Turner


Folk Music, particularly the Child Ballads and that great body of industrial and work-related songs which arose during the Industrial Revolution. I am well-versed in the history of the Folk Revival, and I have a particular interest in political and agit-prop songs, as well as in traditional Irish dance music. For ten years I was a committee member and resident singer/song-writer/musician with the Grey Cock Folk Club in Birmingham (the pre-eminent traditional club in the English midlands, which was founded by Charles Parker of `Radio Ballad` fame).

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