“Peggy Gordon”


"Oh 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." Spurned, the singer wishes he were far away, or drinking, or doing something to ease the pain of separation

Cross references

  • cf. "Fair and Tender Ladies" (floating lyrics)
  • cf. "O'Reilly from the County Leitrim" (lyrics in common with the "Youth and Folly" texts)


  • Grace Clergy, "Peggy Gordon" (on MRHCreighton)


  1. Gilbert, p. 127, [No title] (1 fragmentary text)
  2. Abrahams/Foss, p. 164, (no title) (1 tune, partial text, probably this song)
  3. JHCox 141, "Youth and Folly" (1 text, with many floating verses but such plot as it has derived from this song); 142, "Maggie Goddon" (1 text)
  4. Creighton/Senior, pp. 194-195, "Peggy Gordon" (1 text plus 1 fragment, 1 tune)
  5. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 74-75, "Peggy Gordon" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Peacock, pp. 475-476, "Love is Lovely" (1 text, 1 tune, strongly composite, starting with a verse perhaps from "Peggy Gordon," then the chorus of "Waly Waly (The Water Is Wide)," two more which might be anything, and a conclusion from "Carrickfergus")
  8. Roud #2280
  9. BI, Gil127


Alternate titles: “Maggie Gordon”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1916 (Cox)
Found in: US(Ap) Canada(Mar,Newf) Britain(England)