Gypsy Love Song by Victor Herbert

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The Fortune Teller is an operetta in three acts written by Victor Herbert, with a libretto by Harry B. Smith. After a brief tryout in Toronto, it premiered on Broadway on September 26, 1898 at Wallack’s Theatre and ran for 40 performances. It was revived on November 4, 1929 at Jolson’s 59th Street Theatre and ran for 16 performances.

Herbert wrote his sixth operetta for prima donna Alice Nielsen and her newly formed Alice Nielsen Opera Company. Nielsen having earned widespread praise in The Serenade, requested and received not one but three roles in The Fortune Teller. The story is set in Hungary and involves Irma, an heiress from Budapest, who is studying for the ballet. Irma is in love with a young Hussar captain but is being forced to marry the silly Count Barezowski. When a gypsy fortune teller, Musette, arrives, she is mistaken for Irma, a case of mistaken identity that fosters many complications.

Songs include the famous “Gypsy Love Song,” (‘Slumber on, my little gypsy sweetheart’) and “Romany Life.”

From the Broadway musical "The Fortune Teller" (1898)
(Victor Herbert / Henry Bache Smith)

William F. Hooley - 1899
Reinald Werrenrath - 1920
Chico Marx (feat. in the film "The Cocoanuts) - 1929
Bing Crosby & Frances Langford - 1938
Benny Goodman & His Orch. - 1939
Cab Calloway & His Orch. - 1945

Also recorded by:
Connee Boswell with Bob Crosby & His Bob-Cats;
Vaughn Monroe; Isley Brothers; Alfredo Campoli;
Jerry Hadley; ..... and others.

The birds of the forest are calling for thee
And the shades and the glades are lonely
Summer is there with her blossoms fair
And you are absent only

No bird That nests in the greenwood tree
But sighs to greet you and kiss you
All the violets yearn, yearn for your safe return
But most of all I miss you

Slumber on, my little gypsy sweetheart
Dream of the field and the grove
Can you hear me, hear me in that dreamland
Where your fancies rove

Slumber on, my little gypsy sweetheart
Wild little woodland dove
Can you hear the love song that tells you
All my heart's true love

The fawn that you tamed has a look in its eyes
That doth say, "We are too long parted"
Songs that are trolled by our comrades old
Are not now as they were light hearted

The wild rose fades in the leafy shades
Its ghost will find you and haunt
All the friends say come, come to your woodland home
And most of all I want you