Peter Gray

DESCRIPTION: 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."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1860 (Dime Song Book #2)
KEYWORDS: courting separation father Indians(Am.) death humorous
FOUND IN: US(So,SW) Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (8 citations):
DSB2, p. 45, "Peter Gray" (1 text)
Lomax-Singing, pp. 252-253, "Peter Gray" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bronner-Eskin2 53, "Peter Gray" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan8 1897, "Peter Gray" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1870, p. 126, "Peter Gray" (1 reference)
Fireside, p. 56, "Peter Gray" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 240, "Peter Gray" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Henry Randall Waite, _Carmina Collegensia: A Complete Collection of the Songs of the American Colleges_ first edition 1868, expanded edition, Oliver Ditson, 1876, part III, p. 38, "Peter Gray" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST FSWB240C (Full)
Roud #4307
RECORDINGS:
Pete Seeger, "Johnny Gray" (on PeteSeeger07, PeteSeeger07a)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Blow Ye Winds in the Morning" (chorus lyrics, tune)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Johnny Gray
NOTES: 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
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File: FSWB240C

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