Peggy Gordon

Although there are many versions of this song by Scottish, Irish, and even English artists, the well-known Peggy Gordon seems to have originated in Canada – specifically in the singing traditions of Nova Scotia. There are strong connections to many other songs in the tradition – The Water is Wide, Keg of Brandy, and others. Here’s a great version from the BBC’s Blas Ceoil by Malachi Cush and Deirdre Bonner.

Peggy Gordon

O Peggy Gordon, You are my darling
Come sit you down upon my knee
And tell to me the very reason
Why I am slighted so by thee

I am so deep in love that I can’t deny it
My heart lies smothered in my breast
But it’s not for you to let the whole world know it
A troubled mind can find no rest

I leaned myself on a cask of brandy
It was my fancy, I do declare
For when I’m drinking, I’m always thinking
Wishing Peggy Gordon was there

I wished I was in a lonesome valley
Where womankind cannot be found
And the pretty little birds do change their voices
And every moment a different sound

I wish I was away in Ingo
Far away across the briny sea
Sailing over deepest waters
Where love nor care never trouble me

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