David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 8 Sep 03 09:27
Peggy-O w&m: traditional LASF: http://www.whitegum.com/songfile/PEGGYO.HTM
Alex Allan (alexallan) Mon 8 Sep 03 20:58
Peggy-O Lyrics: Traditional Music: Traditional As we rode out to Fennario As we rode out to Fennario Our captain fell in love with a lady like a dove And he called her by name pretty Peggy-O Will you marry me, pretty Peggy-O Will you marry me, pretty Peggy-O If you will marry me, I will set your cities free And free all the ladies in the area-O I would marry you, sweet William-O I would marry you, sweet William-O I would marry you, but your guineas are too few And I feel my mother would be angry-O What would your mother think, pretty Peggy-O What would your mother think, pretty Peggy-O What would your mother think when she hears the guineas clink And saw me marching at the head of my soldiers-O If ever I return, pretty Peggy-O If ever I return, pretty Peggy-O If ever I return, all your cities I will burn Destroy all the ladies in the area-O Come stepping down the stairs, pretty Peggy-O Come stepping down the stairs, pretty Peggy-O Come stepping down the stairs, combing back your yellow hair And bid a last farewell to young Willie-O Sweet William he is dead, pretty Peggy-O Sweet William he is dead, pretty Peggy-O Sweet William he is dead, and he died for a maid And buried in the Louisiana country-O
from JIM FRONK (tnf) Fri 28 Oct 05 10:27
Jim Fronk writes: I was wondering what time period, if any, this song may be for. It is clear that William was British, he had guinea's in his pocket. I had a feeling it was The War of 1812 so I pulled out the National Geographic Atlas of American History and found the British occupied New Orleans in December of 1814. This was the battle of New Orleans. Andrew Jackson defeated the British led by Sir Edward Peckenham who died in the battle,our captain he is dead. For more info go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_New_Orleans Also the name Peggy-O reminds me of David Copperfield's maid Peggotty any idea if this where Peggy-O came from? '
johnlee (jhenrikson) Fri 28 Oct 05 11:18
Jim Fronk needs to be on the Well, I'm enjoying his contributions here!!!
Alex Allan (alexallan) Sat 29 Oct 05 06:06
The song's origins are originally Scottish, I believe. It derives from a Scottish song "The Bonnie Lass O'Fyvie." There's some info at http://www.whitegum.com/~acsa/songfile/PEGGYO.HTM - mostly drawn from the very informative article "Folk Songs and Allusions to Folk Songs in the Repertoire of the Grateful Dead" by Josephine A. McQuail, availble at: http://lists.village.virginia.edu/sixties/HTML_docs/Texts/Scholarly/McQuail_De ad_01.html
froom JIM FRONK (tnf) Mon 14 Nov 05 17:58
Jim Fronk writes: > Thanks Alan for your informative references about the origin of this song. > It is important to note that in the previous versions The Soldier will > destroy the city if the maid will not marry him. In the Dylan/Dead version > Sweet William will save their city if Peggy-O marries him as if their city > is already doomed. The Dylan lyrics are the first I can find to put the > setting in Louisiana. This may loosely alude to the war of 1812 as the > British raided and burned Baltimore and D.C.
David Gans (tnf) Wed 4 Apr 07 17:17
Listening to a 1960 album by Tossi Aaron, "Tossi Sings Folk Songs and Ballads," sent to me by Eric Levy. This version is VERY close to the version the GD did, but there are some interesting differences. For one thing, Aaron sings "Fernario," not "fennario." Also: she sings "Come trippin' down the stair," where Jerry sang "steppin'."
David Dodd (ddodd) Thu 5 Apr 07 11:36
Heck. Trippin' would've been so much better! I wonder if Garcia owned this album. He must have. How can we find out, I wonder?
David Gans (tnf) Thu 5 Apr 07 14:13
I emailed Bob Weir to ask him if either he or Jerry knew of Tossi Aaron. He asked me to send him the audio files of the two songs, which I did. He the replied: >I never heard these recordings, but they were typical of the current >versions of these songs at the time of their release. I heard >folkies doing these songs this way back in the early 60's, though >1960 was a bit before my time. Sounds like Tossi Aaron could have >been an early inspiration for Joan Baez. > >Jerry could have picked up his versions of these tunes from these or >any of a number of other similar versions. > >Cheers, >Weir
David Dodd (ddodd) Fri 6 Apr 07 08:49
David--how amazing to have such an instantaneous response. Thanks!
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