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PostPosted: Sun February 19th, 2017, 01:15 GMT 

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As we marched out, to Fennario
As we marched out, to Fennario
Well, our captain fell in love with a lady like a dove
And he called her by name Pretty Peggy-O

Would you marry me, Pretty Peggy-O
Would you marry me, Pretty Peggy-O
Would you marry me, your cities I will free,
Free all the ladies in the are-o.

I would marry you, sweet William-o.
I would marry you, sweet William-o.
I would marry you, but your guineas are too few.
I'm afraid my mama would be so angry-o.

What would your mama think, Pretty Peggy-O
What would your mama think, Pretty Peggy-O
what would your mama think if she could hear my guineas clink
see me marching out ahead of my soldiers-o?

If ever I return, Pretty Peggy-O
If ever I return, Pretty Peggy-O
If ever I return, your cities I will burn
Destroy all the ladies in the area-o

Come tripping down the stairs, Pretty Peggy-O
Come tripping down the stairs, Pretty Peggy-O
Come tripping down the stairs, come and make your yellow hair
Bid your last farewell to sweet William-O.

The captain he is dead, Pretty Peggy-O
The captain he is dead, Pretty Peggy-O
The captain he is dead, and he died for a maid
He's buried in Lousiana Country-O

As we marched out, to Fennario
As we marched out, to Fennario
the captain fell in love with a lady like a dove
And he called her by name Pretty Peggy-O

I've always really enjoyed the NET version of this song. The weird one he re-wrote for the debut album, not so much. Americanizing the couple is just an odd choice IMO. Maybe just a childish one.
Regardless, Bob picked up the song right away once the NET started playing it once in 88 before making it semi-regular from 89- 98. He basically took the Dead's version and made it his own
So many greats to choose from but for me the GoldStandard has to be the beautiful one from the
'Bathed In A Stream Of Hot Light' compilation from 97.

Just a beautiful rendering from beginning to end,
only Bob can take this ancient mysterious folk song and turn it into a
gorgeous and melancholy blues:

Albany NY
April 18 1997
http://www.mediafire.com/file/6fd7cefqm ... eggy-O.mp3


What do y'all think of this one??


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PostPosted: Sun February 19th, 2017, 01:27 GMT 
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The Grateful Dead's versions of this song were transcendent, especially those from May 1977.

If you haven't heard one of these, feed your ears a few teaspoonfuls of beauty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53km0TqlclY


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PostPosted: Sun February 19th, 2017, 02:35 GMT 

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There's nothing odd or childish about Americanizing the song. Countless British ballads and folk songs have found a home in America, and this one is no exception. (Bob's "Love Henry," for example, is an American version of the ballad that Child calls "Young Hunting.") And as it happens, Bob's 1961 recording is closer in spirit to British recordings of the song, which are often quite brisk, than to the way it tends to be done by American folksingers, who make it just a little too exquisite for my tastes. Bob's is a nice kick in the pants to that sort of thing.

There's an unexpected echo of this song, by the way, on a Basement Tapes song, "I'm a Fool for You": "When I come back, when I don't make my return / Every heart shall rise, every valley[?] shall burn." He's obviously thinking of "If ever I return, your cities I will burn."


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PostPosted: Wed April 19th, 2017, 16:47 GMT 

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Garcia consistently nailed this song before his voice went south.


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PostPosted: Wed April 19th, 2017, 18:12 GMT 

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I LOVE the studio version on Bob's debut album.


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PostPosted: Wed April 19th, 2017, 20:19 GMT 

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Some nice versions of this from '93.


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PostPosted: Wed April 19th, 2017, 20:41 GMT 
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The London 1990 version was an early kickstart to my Dylan mania, I used to have a vinyl lp with highlights of the gig and played that song (especially) over and over. Many other good versions over the years, too, I'm not sure I ever heard one I didn't like.


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