Pretty Peg polka

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One setting

X: 1
T: Pretty Peg
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d| gg fd | gg fd |gg f/e/d | e3d |
e>d ef | gg B>c |dd c/B/A | (G2 G)>A |
BB/B/ B/A/G/A/ | BG2A |BB/B/ B/A/G/A/ | B2d2 ||

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A ditty

When pretty Peg went down the street
Some fresh fish for to buy
But the wedding clerk followed after her
And he kissed her by and by

My tiddy-right fol-da-diddle-dido
My tiddy-right fol-da-diddle-dan

Oh how can I get to your chamber, love?
Or how can I get to your bed?
When your daddy goes to bed at night
With a keen eye on his head?

My tiddy…

Oh go and get the ladder, love
With thirty steps and three
And put it to the chimley top
And come down in a creel to me

I went and got a ladder, love
With thirty steps and three
And a creel on the top of that
And come down in the lum to thee

No peace nor ease could the old wife get
With dreams running through her head
I’ll lay on me life, said the gay old wife
There’s a boy in me daughter’s bed

Then up the stairs the old man crept
And into the room did steal
Silence reigned where the daughter slept
And he never twigged the creel

My curse attend you, father
What brought you up so soon?
To put me through my evening prayers
And I just lying down?

He went back to his gay old wife
He went back to she
She has the prayer book in her hand
And she’s praying for you and me

No peace nor ease could that old wife get
Til she would rise and see
She came on a stumbling-block
And into the creel went she

Oh high I rocked her, oh I rocked her
Didn’t I rock her well?
For if any old wife begrudge me her daughter
I’ll rock her into hell!

My tiddy-right fol-da-diddle-dido
My tiddy-right fol-da-diddle-dan!

this is my source for this song:

or more precisely, the 1975 Bothy Band album from which it has been diverted.
The very repetitive nature of this tune becomes too apparent when you play it as an instrumental, but it is all the more exquisite when sung!