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Lyr Req: Glasgow Peggy / Glasgow Peggie

05 Aug 04 - 07:44 AM (#1240645)
Subject: Lyr Req: Glascow Peggy
From: Bearheart

any one have the lyrics for this as sung by Andy Stewart with Silly Wizard?

05 Aug 04 - 10:54 AM (#1240676)
Subject: Lyr Add: GLASGOW PEGGIE (from Ewan MacColl)
From: Roberto

Here is the song as sung by Ewan MacColl. On Saturday I'll try to listen to Andy M. Stewart's. Roberto

Ewan MacColl, on The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (The Child Ballads), sung by Ewan MacColl and A. L. Lloyd, Volume 3, Washington 717

Hielan' lads are young and braw
Hielan' lads are young and merry
And I'll awa' tae Glesca toon
To steal awa' my bonnie Peggy

Her faither he's got word o' this
And, O, but he was wondrous angry –
Ye may tak' my owsen and a' my kye
But leave to me my bonnie Peggy

Ye can keep your owsen and a' your kye
For I ha'e cows and ewes already
I'll no' tak' your owsen and a' your kye
But I'll steal awa' your bonnie Peggie

He's mounted on his milk white steed
And she is on his wee grey naigie
And they hae rid tae the brake o' day
And he has ta'en awa' the bonnie lassie

They rid ower hills and they rid ower dales
They rid through moors and mosses mony
Until they met wi' the Earl o' Hume
A-ridin' wi' his young son Johnnie

Then oot and spak' the Earl o' Hume
And, O, but he was wondrous sorry -
The bonniest lass in Glesca toon
And she's awa' wi' a hielan' laddie

They rode on through moss and moors
Through bog and up through mountains mony
Until they cam' to yonder glen
And she's lain doon wi' her hielan' laddie

Her bed was o' the gweed green grass
Their blankets o' the brackens bonnie
Wi' her tartan plaid beneath her heid
And she's lain doon wi' her hielan' laddie

There are blankets and sheets in my faither's hoose
Sheets and blankets a' made ready
And wouldna he be angry at me
For lyin' doon wi' a highland laddie!

He's ta'en her up yon high, high hill
When that the sun was shinin' clearly
Says – A' that ye see belongs to thee
For lying doon wi' a hielan' laddie

A' that ye ha'e left behind
Was a wee cot-hoose and a wee kail-yairdie
But noo you're the lady o' a' my lands
For lyin' doon wi' a highlan' laddie

05 Aug 04 - 01:05 PM (#1240701)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Glascow Peggy
From: Q (Frank Staplin)

The version posted above differs somewhat from the MacColl-Peggy Seegar version in the DT (song ID 2278)

05 Aug 04 - 01:30 PM (#1240714)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Glascow Peggy
From: Malcolm Douglas

There are two texts in the DT:

GLASGOW PEGGY (Hieland Lads)  Taken from the condensed Bronson, with a note to the effect that it has been "recorded by MacColl and Peggy Seeger": these references don't always mean that the particular version quoted is the one recorded, though sometimes they do, and tend therefore to confuse people. The original source is not acknowledged. Details are: Greig MSS., I, p. 33; text, Nk. 726, XVI, p. 26. Sung by J. W. Spence, Rosecroft, Fyvie, July 1905. The song appears in Bronson, Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads, vol III pp 371-2; and in The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, vol 4 pp 307-315 (version a).

GLASGOW PEGGY (2)  No source acknowledged. It appears to be a cut-down form of Child's example 228A (Child, IV, 271: originally C K Sharpe, Ballad Book, 1823, no XV p 40). No tune is extant for that version, so the source of the midi provided is also a puzzle. It appears to be pretty much the usual tune, though.

MacColl got his set from his father, William Miller. The transcription Roberto provides above (made by Kenneth Goldstein?) appears in Bronson III 371. "gweed" in verse 8 is as transcribed, but is presumably MacColl's way of singing "good"; though, when MacColl published the song himself (Singing Island, 1960, 23) he rendered it as "gay".

None of this answers Bearheart's question, of course. Did the band say where they got the song? That might help. It appeared on Caledonia's Hardy Sons (originally released 1978) and on a "Best of" compilation.

05 Aug 04 - 07:24 PM (#1240931)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Glascow Peggy
From: Bearheart

I had heard MacColl's version on an album quite a few years ago; it's not the same words, but similar. It is the version on Caledonia's Hardy Sons, though. I did run it through the DT and it didn't come up.
Will check the second blue clicky. Thank you.