Wylde Nept: Music & Lyrics
The Maid O' Fifeo
A song about an Irish cavalier in Scotland who’s whirlwind romance breaks his heart and kills him . We don’t know…you explain it.
There once was a troop of Irish dragoons Come marchin’ down from Fife-e-oh And the captain fell in love with a very bonny lass and the maid she was called pretty Peggy-oh Chorus- There’s many a bonny lass in the town of Ackerglass There’s many a bonny lassie in the Cheer-e-oh There’s many a bonny Jean on the streets of Aberdeen But the flower of them all lives in Fife-e-oh Oh come the stairs pretty Peggy m’dear Come down the stairs pretty Peggy-oh Come down the stairs, comb back your yellow hair Bid a long farewell to your mommy-oh I never did intend a soldier’s lady for to be I never will marry a soldier-oh I never did intend to go to a foreign land And I never will marry a soldier-oh Well the corporal he cried, “Mount! Mount boys, mount!” The captain, he cried, “Tarry-oh! Oh tarry for a wah’ for another day or twa Till I see if this bonny lass will marry-oh.” Yonder we came to the town of Ackerglass Our captain we had to hurry-o Longer we came to the streets of Aberdeen Our captain we had to bury-o Green grow the berks on bonny Ethan-side And low lie the Lowlands of Fife-e-o The captain’s name was Ned and he died for a maid He died for the chambermaid of Fife-e-o -chorus twice-