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john and the gypsies

They say that John Augustus was fascinated by Gypsies
that's why he drew them every day
some in their fine and dandy clothes
some naked in the hay

he was a gypsy roving guy
with his paint brush and his pen
he lived upon the canford common lands
with his vardo set in clay n dens

he painted our house heather view
with its roses around the door
its red and white bricks of the land
where Crusoe came to call

they say that whistler was a friend of his
along with lyodd George
he sketched the chavvys with charcoal then
guess he knew rogers Sid

the famous London art museum
stores his scenes to see
some are of the common gypsy folki
others lost at sea

his wife was Ida and his sister Gwen
plus all his lover maids
they lived within the manor road
near to wally cave

the art studio was made of glass
though his farm like his life was mean
he kept a lot of pigs you see
plus goats that he would wean

his looks were dark and ugly then
with his long coat and his beard
some folks said he was eccentric
others thought him weird

the art world thought him master stroke
with his flair of all things bright
he painted girls bare in the naked light
but i guess he was alright

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