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Gypsy Girl

Paul Archer's lyrics for Gypsy Girl were inspired by the letras of flamenco artists from Southern Spain such as Pepe Aznalcóllar, Paco Muriana, Niño del Brillante, Juan Cantero and Bernarda de Utrera.

The music for Gypsy Girl was composed by Mike Watts for solo voice and piano. It was first performed on 13th April 2015 by Fiona Stuart-Wilson (soprano) and Bernard Robertson (piano). It was subsequently performed on 6th and 7th November 2016 by Waltraud Mucher (mezzo-soprano) and Andreu Riera (piano). A recording by the soprano Sarah Leonard was released on CD in 2016.

An audio recording of the first performance, can be heard here:
Gypsy Girl (mp3).

A recording of 'Green eyes', the first song in the series, is available on YouTube. Click here to view.

Copies of the score (pdf) are available on request, please email Paul Archer.

Green eyes

Oh country girl leaning in the doorway,
alone in the evening breeze of May.

I greet her with a smile and when she replies
all I can see are her two green eyes.

Green eyes, green as basil, green as a meadow,
and green, lime green, green, green eyes.

I saw the dawn break over the mountain,
she left my arms when morning came.

Oh country girl, I’ll buy you what you wish for,
she says I can’t give her anything more.

So I kiss her goodbye and go on my way.
Never will I spend a more beautiful night in May.

Silver sighs

In the silence
your horse
steps
silver sighs
in the snow

your horse
steps
silver sighs
in the snow

So in my arms
my love
lays
her dreams
on my pillow

my love
lays
her dreams
on my pillow

I would rather die

I would rather die
so I can forget
how I can’t live
without your warmth,

Oh gypsy girl!
From the day we met
you’ve treated me like
I was nothing to you.

I can’t take any more
of what you’ve put me through!
Oh gypsy girl!

When I think of the tricks
you’ve played on me
my heart breaks...
Oh, gypsy girl…

But when you come to me
I leave my mind behind
and I believe in you, 
I forgive you.

No, don’t talk to me!
No, don’t walk by me!
I don’t ask for more…
I can’t take any more
of what you’ve put me through!

Oh gypsy girl!
I was nothing to you.

Remember my eyes

You, you left my side
and went away;
you now apologise
in this doorway.

I, I can give you words,
words of forgiveness,
as all my blood
runs from my veins,

I, I am dying
here in front of you,
here in this doorway
red with my blood.

Remember my eyes
when they were alive;
these were the eyes
that looked in love.

If a cold wind comes

If a cold wind comes
in the dark hours
as you lie in bed,
it’s just the sighs
from one who is dead,

from one who wanders
singing songs of sorrow,

I sing of my lost one,
sing of my sorrow,
shall I forget them?
You alone will know
if a cold wind comes
if a cold wind comes

If you’re the light

You say it breaks your heart,
everyone’s against us,
the world separates us,
it’s forcing us apart.

But if you’re the light
and I’m the shadow
we’ll become as one
when day fades to night.

But if you’re the sea
and I the river’s flow
our currents will run
to meet into one.

I say it won’t be long
though all is against us,
the world separates us,
but our love is strong

and with all its powers
we’ll make a palace
with every loving kiss
and the world will be ours.

When it’s snowing in the serranas

When it’s snowing in the serranas
snowing in the serranas
pity the shepherd with nowhere to sleep,
the pasture freezes where grasses grew
the cold bites into his heart so deep,
he mourns a woman he once knew
who was never faithful or true

and she had green eyes, green, green as a meadow
and green, lime green, green, green eyes

the cold wind is bitter as it blows
and many long years have passed
but my heart sees him as he goes
into the dark as the day fades at last
into the darkness that’s falling fast
when it’s snowing in the serranas
snowing in the serranas

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