While it has become a "traditional Irish" song, it is of Scottish origin.
Albums: Traditional & Original/Theiss & O'Connor; We the People/Schooner Fare; Songs of Ireland/Various artists
Refrain: Oh, Peggy Gordon, you are my darling
Come sit ye down upon my knee
And tell to me the very reason
Why I am slighted so by thee.
I'm so deep in love that I cannot deny it
My heart lies smothered in my breast
But it's not for you to let the world know it
A troubled mind can find no rest.
I wish I were in a lonesome valley
Where womankind cannot be found
And the pretty small birds do change their voices
And every moment a different sound.
I wish I were away in Ingo
Far away across the briny sea
Sailing over the deepest waters
Where care nor love ever trouble me.
(a verse we left out)
I put my head to a glass (cask) of brandy
It was my fancy I do declare
For when I'm drinking, I'm always thinking
And wishing Peggy Gordon was here.