"Peggy-O" as written by Paul Simon and Arthur Garfunkel....
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 fear my mama would be angry-O

What would your mama think, pretty Peggy-O
What would your mama think, pretty Peggy-O
What would your mama think if she heard my 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 citie


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"Peggy-O" as written by Robert Hall Weir Philip Lesh

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    General Commenthow can i be the first one on this one? these guys fall out of bed and make epic songs.
    nanukrbsiton September 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentis it just me or is there something disturbing about this song..she 'loves' him but wont marry him cause her momma will be angry, he 'loves' her but will destroy everything she loves if he comes back, since she says no to his proposal

    it's like money and destruction trump love, sigh
    riteron April 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOr find ones previously written like this one. Still a great song though, Dylan did a version close to this on his debut album. Not sure who wrote it though.
    coonwahon December 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song was also recorded by Simon & Garfunkel.
    stripey7on April 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWilliam seems to be deluding himself that Peggy is marrying him for love rather than to stop a wholesale bloodbath of all the ladies in the area-o. I agree that this is a disturbing song and the death of Sweet William-O almost certainly a great relief to Peggy and all the other ladies-o.

    I don't understand how the captain doesn't have enough money - could Peggy be super wealthy? If he is willing to burn the city and kill all the women then he is unlikely to have the scruples to stop himself looting the homes of the wealthy-o.

    The Dead love a thoroughgoing scoundrel and William sure fits the bill.
    gary103677on April 19, 2019   Link

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