Peter Gray, of Pennsylvania, loves Lucy Annie Pearl. Her father sends her west; he considers suicide, but instead goes west himself and is scalped by Indians. She takes to her bed and dies. Chorus: "Blow ye winds of morning, blow ye winds heigh-o."
Peter Gray Complete text(s) *** A *** From "The Dime Song Book #2" (1860), p. 45. My song is of a nice young man Whose name was Peter Gray, The state where Peter Gray was born Was Penn-syl-va-ni-a.. This Peter Gray did fall in love All with a nice young girl; The name of her I'm positive Was Lizzy-Anna-Querl. When they were going to be wed, He father he said "No!" And brutally did send her off Beyond the O-hi-o. When Peter found his love was lost, He knew not what to say, He'd half a mind to jump into The Sus-que-han-ni-a. A trading he went into the west, For furs and other skins, And there he was in crimson drest By bloody In-ji-ins. When Lizzy Anna heard the news, She straightway went to bed And never did get off of it Until she was di-i-ed! Ye fathers all a warning take, Each one as has a girl, And think upon poor Peter Gray And Lizzy-Anna-Querl.
Yes, I said humorous [in the keywords]; this is a reworking of a classic ballad plot unto the absurd. - PJS
And the versions I've heard sung are performed with great bathos, just to make sure we get the point. - RBW
- cf. "Blow Ye Winds in the Morning" (chorus lyrics, tune)
- Pete Seeger, "Johnny Gray" (on PeteSeeger07, PeteSeeger07a)
- DSB2, p. 45, "Peter Gray" (1 text)
- Silber-FSWB, p. 240, "Peter Gray" (1 text)
- ST FSWB240C (Full)
- Roud #4307
- BI, FSWB240C