The Scholar Gypsy

from by Telling the Bees

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    Beautiful cardboard gatefold sleeve designed by Rima Staines, with astrolabe design on CD. Lyrics included.

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Inspired by the 17th story and the poem by Matthew Arnold of 1853, here's our version of the tale of the Oxford scholar who said "Sod this, I'm away with the Gypsies".


Now there’s a story from Oxford town
Of a scholar gypsy of high renown
He grew weary of college hymns
No preferments were granted him

And I want to follow in his footsteps
Godstow down to Bablock Hythe
And though I think I’ll never find him
I must try
The scholar gypsy

Now what he wanted above all else
Was Nature’s secret commonwealth
And he heard rumours of gypsy lore
And in college cloisters was seen no more

So he went travellin’ down droves and lanes
And he learnt the secret gypsy ways
And now he wanders a spirit free
And he reads from Nature’s breviary

Now some have seen him, his rakish air
Of a summer’s evening at Godstow Weir
Or up at Fyfield in his hat and his coat
Dance a gypsy hornpipe round ancient oak

So if you’re travellin’ be sure to ask
If the scholar gypsy was in these parts
And though I live here in Oxford town
I will keep on searchin’ ’til he be found


from Steer by the Stars, released May 1, 2015



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Telling the Bees Oxford, UK

Telling the Bees are an innovative acoustic band making a unique and original music they call darkly crafted folk.
They met in 2007 at Oxford's legendary Catweazle Club, and as a four piece released two acclaimed albums, Untie the Wind and An English Arcanum. In 2011 they expanded to the current five-piece line-up. Steer by the Stars is their third album.
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