Treasure Island

Gypsy Boy Varey

Ode to a Gypsy Queen

I've been a gypsy man all of my life
And had my share of problems and strife
I've worked like a dog, blood sweat and tears
Hard roads, hard old days, hard old years

Each night before bed I look up to the sky
And sometimes I wonder just how I've got by
With no schooling and hated where-ever i go
A million times I've heard the word 'no'

I've walked the hard miles for manys the year
I've fought all life’s demons and all my fear
I've struggled on up life’s never ending hill
Often I've wondered from where comes my will

But things ain't always as bad as they seem
My most valuable possession is my Gypsy queen
Though life can be hard, unfair and so cruel
My woman is my God, in my crown the jewel

We jumped over the broomstick at age seventeen
And for fifty long years my savior she has been
Shoulder to shoulder we've travelled through life
Through thick and thin I've relied on my wife

When I have been hungry she has kept me fed
And when I've been drunk she has put me to bed
When times have been hard she has knocked upon doors
God love her I've seen her feet covered in sores

She has been my friend, confidant and lover
She's a cook, cleaner, workhorse and mother
I've never laid a hand on her that wouldn’t be fair
And she hits like a man so i wouldn’t dare

She gave me eight children each one fit and strong
Though again we are two as the children are gone
They’re grown up now with families of their own
But my queen and me we work better alone

Some men dream of money and they make me sigh
I know life’s secret: something’s money can’t buy
Money can’t buy you love nor buy you a friend
Can’t give you back youth nor a broken heart mend

Money can be replaced and as long as you've health
Don’t neglect what’s important, don’t worry about wealth
A kind word or soft touch from those that you love
Can cure all life’s ills and make you rise above

To my woman, my heart, I say this to you
Without you in my life I may not have got through
You've made me what I am, defined my whole life
My woman, my darling, my best friend and wife

Submitted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Edited: Monday, August 26, 2013

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