The Bohemian Girl

Synopsis: A band of Gypsies are camped outside the walls of Count Arnheim's palace. Oliver's wife kidnaps the Count's daughter Arline, then leaves the child and runs off with her lover, Devilshoof. Not knowing her true identity, Oliver, with the help of "Uncle" Stanley, raises the girl as his own. Years later, Arline, still unaware of her noble birth, is caught trespassing on the Count's grounds and is thrown into the dungeon. Meanwhile, Stanley and Oliver pass the time playing "fingers" and bumblingly ply their trade picking pockets. Finally, just when Oliver needs his help to rescue Arline, Stanley gets drunk while siphoning wine into bottles.
71 min

Gypsy vagabonds are we

As free as anyone can be

Wandering on without a care today

l'm so free! Without a care

Anywhere that we may roam

is where we make our home

Be it on the road or sky

On high! ln the sky!

Gypsies all

Never tire

For we make our home away from home

We stand, we settle where we roam

There our gypsy hearts must be content

With a song, and a fire, and a tent

With just a song...

We gypsies like to ride along

The road

Along the road

As we swing

And we sing

Our song!

Good morning, my queen.

- What news, Salinas?

- Do you realise where we are?

Perfectly well.

So once more, we are encamped

on the domain of the good Count Arnheim.

Count Arnheim! Pah!

What we pick up here

we must pick up quickly.

For he'll never allow us to stay here long.

One of these days, l'll...

You'll find that we're on the march again

With our hearts beating time

to a stout fighting song

We'll do what we can to march along...

- Arline, look!

- Sweetheart!

How is my little princess this morning?

- Tell me, have you had your lesson?

- Yes.

Count Arnheim, there is a band

of gypsies in the woods below the castle.

Gypsies, eh?

See that they are gone by noon tomorrow.

lf they are caught on my estate, have

them flogged within an inch of their lives.

Tell me, sweetheart,

what did you learn at your lesson?

That lovely gypsy music

How gypsy fiddles fly...

That, my son,

is the true song of the gypsies.

Come and listen

how she sings of life and love.

..fade away...

When love calls the heart of a gypsy

lt calls to the heart that is free

The will of a gypsy

Caresses her

Only to die with the dawn

Oh, the road

That a gypsy must travel

ls planned by the fortunes of time

So it's one hour of bliss

And a passionate kiss

Then farewell to

gypsy romance and melody

That's what the fiddles are playing

And sing and be gay as you swing

For it's one hour of bliss

and a passionate kiss

And farewell

to gypsy romance and melody

Gypsy romance!

Gypsy romance!

Then farewell to

gypsy romance and melody

And sing and be gay as you swing

For it's one hour of bliss

and a passionate kiss

And farewell...

to gypsy romance and melody!

Hey! Hey! Hey!

Ha, ha, ha!

Turn around.

Hello, honey!

Don't honey me, you big bag of suet!

l told you five minutes ago not to talk to me.

And an hour ago! And a week ago!

You told him a year ago too, didn't you?

You shut up

when l'm talking to my husband!

You think you can contradict

everything l say.

Well, you can't and you never will!

You think you're a big man, don't ya?

Don't ya? Don't ya? Don't ya?

Tell her yes.

You keep out of this, woodpecker!

Oh, my love!

Are you going to let her talk to you like that?

Never! A thousand times, never!

Oh, my love! l am so content and happy

when l'm with you.

Just like a nestling dove.

You're so big and strong and brave...

Pardon the intrusion but l don't like you

talking to me like that in front of my friend.

lt's most embarrassing.


What'd she say?

What do you mean, ''talking to me like that''?

l didn't mean anything, honey.

lt was his fault.

Oh... So, it was your idea?

Control yourself! l understand perfectly...


l'm not gonna say anything

until l get positive proof

but l saw Devilshoof kissing your wife.


Do you believe me or believe what l see?

- Nothing of the kind!

- Go look for yourself.


There was nothing to it.

They were just having a little innocent fun.

Don't you understand that a man

to be married nowadays

must be broad-minded?

- Did you see him chuck her under the chin?

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Michael William Balfe

Michael William Balfe (15 May 1808 – 20 October 1870) was an Irish composer, best-remembered for his opera The Bohemian Girl. After a short career as a violinist, Balfe pursued an operatic singing career, while he began to compose. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he composed at least 29 operas, almost 250 songs and other works. He was also a noted conductor, directing Italian Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre for seven years, among other conducting posts. more…

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