I’m in th UK tonight in a 500 year old Manor Cottage.  Thatched roof, the whole deal.

I arrived with Evan McGown to Heathrow airport.  We’re here for the first UK art of mentoring.

We learned a song, after an official cup of tea, called Raggle Taggle Gypsy O !

The scene of English Gardens, castles, and manicured Manor lawns provided the backdrop to the passion the singers
brought to this song.  Listen in to the lyrics, what is this song expressing ?


After having done some research, art of questioning and curiosity, I found these origin stories and lyrics:


an even older version:


There is a lot ancestry coming together this week, england, ireland, scotland, american, native american, german, sweden, netherlands.  As we track ancestral connection to nature together, we will find a common longing for nature connection, and for our wild selves.

2 replies
  1. Bobby Dolan
    Bobby Dolan says:

    Phenomenal, Mark. What a great first evening. You being in England reminds me of how the ever pervasive wildness can trump the ever diminishing wilderness. Blessings on you and your students for getting in touch with both passionately.

  2. Dyami Nason-Regan
    Dyami Nason-Regan says:

    Hey Mark,

    I could feel my body swell when I began listening to Evan play the intro to this song. As a young girl I used to sit along side my mom’s friend on the piano bench as she would play and I would sing this song.

    Thanks for bringing it back to me!



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