"Peggy-o" as written by Paul Simon and Arthur Garfunkel....
As we marched down to Faneri-o
As we marched down to Faneri-o
Our captain fell n love with a lady like a dove
And they called her name, pretty Peggy-o
Come a runnin' down the stairs, pretty Peggy-o
Come a runnin' down the stairs, pretty Peggy-o
Come a runnin' down the stairs, combin' back
Your yellow hair
You're the prettiest little girl I've ever seen-o

In a carriage you will ride, pretty Peggy-o
In a carriage you will ride, pretty Peggy-o
In a carriage you will ride, with your true love by
Your side
As far as any maiden in the are-e-o
What will your mother say, pretry Peggy-o?
What will your mother say, pretty Peggy-o?
What will your mother say, when she finds you've
Gone away
To places far and strange to Faneri-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
Destroying all the ladies in the are-e-o
Destroying all the ladies in the are-e-o


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"Peggy-O" as written by Paul Simon Arthur Garfunkel

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    General Commentsomeone has to explain this song to me
    GetNiceJ420on February 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh yea... although S&G do a great version of this song the dead really mastered this song but thats just my opinion
    GetNiceJ420on February 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI honestly love this song...But I don't get it. So..What happens? Captain falls in love, and burns the cities??
    Soul wanderon July 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCaptain loves a girl.
    Girl spurns Captian.
    If pissed Captian returns, he'll burn cities in revenge.

    Thats more or less it.
    AntBMSUon October 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlol i dont know what this song is about but it always mackes me happy
    highlander924on March 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI remember reading that this song is an adaption of a Scottish poem, wherein a military man (A captain) finds himself in a town and falls in love with a young girl, presumably during wartime. The song starts with the point of view of the captain's comrades, then shifts to the captain's viewpoint from the fifth line onwards. The poem continues in this first stanza to show the love of the captain for this girl.

    In the second stanza, there is evidence of the captain's hopeful marriage to the girl, with the reference to her riding in a carriage with her true love. The second half of this stanza brings to light the conflict that is central to the song; the girl’s mother. What will the girl's mother say when she finds her daughter has married a soldier and left the town during wartime? She'll be pretty annoyed. Note the future tense of this second half of the stanza.

    There appears to be a lot of information missing between the second and the last stanza, but it can be assumed that the last stanza reflects the feelings of the captain after being denied marriage to the girl by her mother. The extremely violent imagery shows just how enraged the captain is; he'd burn the city to the ground if he ever bothered to return, destroying all the women like a pouting child destroys a rosebush that it has been pricked by.
    SandBox11111on October 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAlso, this song is like most songs by simon and garfunkel in that the happy melody hides a somewhat depressing lyrical meaning. See "the sun is burning in the sky" for a straightforward example
    SandBox11111on October 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes this one is originally a poem-perhaps a Scottish one..but this cover is so b'tful..Art sings it so very well...hats off..to Simon and Garfunkel
    pranav ojhaon August 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYes this one is originally a poem-perhaps a Scottish one..but this cover is so b'tful..Art sings it so very well...hats off..to Simon and Garfunkel
    pranav ojhaon August 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt is taken from a traditional Scottish song 'There was a troop of Irish dragoons, came marchin' doon fi Fyvie oh ! ....' The general 'plot' of the song being the captain of the troop being enchanted by this golden haired girl (Peggy) and offering her father various inducements to let the girl go with him (ribbons, necklace of amber, pretty petticoats etc). The father agrees but the girl doesn't and the captain dies of a broken heart ...
    BrotherLouon March 28, 2013   Link

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