Sawna Ye My Peggy?
DESCRIPTION: Have you seen Peggy? The singer saw a woman "wi' her petticoats above her knee." They say she's pregnant but "I'm sure it nae to me" He slept with her three nights but "aye my back was tull her" until daybreak. She asked him to turn to her about daybreak.
EARLIEST DATE: 1769 (Herd, according to Whitelaw)
KEYWORDS: sex pregnancy dialog
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
GreigDuncan7 1415, "Sawna Ye My Peggy?" (1 text, 1 tune)
Whitelaw-Song, pp. 158-159, ("Saw ye my Maggie") (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Robert Chambers, The Scottish Songs (Edinburgh, 1829), Vol II, pp. 492-493, "Saw Ye My Peggy," Vol II, p. 493, ("Saw ye my Maggie")
James Johnson, Editor, _The Scots Musical Museum_ [1853 edition], volume I, #11, p. 12, "Saw ye mae my Peggy" (1 text, 1 tune)
ST GrD71415 (Partial)
NOTES [98 words]: Whitelaw: "This song, though old, was not inserted in any regular collection of Scottish songs till that of David Herd in 1769."
Whitelaw's and Chambers's ("Saw ye my Maggie") are in notes to "Saw Ye My Peggy" quoting Burns in Johnson's Musical Museum, vol. I., 1787. Johnson cites ("Saw ye my Maggie") as the original source of "Saw Ye My Peggy" (which is different enough from ("Saw ye my Maggie") that I would consider them separate songs). To be clear, I lump ("Saw ye my Maggie"), which Burns says is "a song familiar from the cradle to every Scottish ear," with GreigDuncan7 1415. - BS
Last updated in version 3.2
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2018 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.