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More reissues for this single

The Little Tin Soldier/Hey Gip (Dig The Slowness)

Side A:

The Little Tin Soldier

Side B:
Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)


Track 1 by Shawn Phillips, track 2 by Donovan P. Leitch.


· Donovan: vocals, acoustic guitar and mouth harp.

Released: 1965

Recorded: Sep/Oct 1965

· Peer Music

Denmark St, London

Label: PYE 7N 306

Country: Denmark

Format: vinyl single

Producers: Terry Kennedy

Peter Eden

Geoff Stephens

Chart: -


· Donovan "stole" The Little Tin Soldier from his friend Shawn Phillips. When he first heard the song about a toy soldier with only one leg who was in love with a tiny ballerina, he identified with the lyrics (Donovan had a slight limp after he suffered polio in his childhood and the ballerina was Linda Lawrence, his great love), and he wanted to record it for his second album, Fairytale.

· In a recent interview in February 2009, Donovan has declared that he took Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) from someone else, but he didn't know his name, so he couldn't send him the rights to the song. Donovan arranged it and gave it this title. This song has always been credited to Donovan. Probably it was based on a song called Can I Do It For You and Donovan retitled it in reference to his friend Gypsy Dave.

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