LITTLE MAGGIE

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LITTLE MAGGIE
According to the Ballad Index, the earliest recording or publishing dates were 1930 for
‘Little Maggie’ (Grayson and Whitter) and 1932 for ‘Darling Corey’. The “Fiddler’s
Companion” indicates that Tommy Jarrell learned ‘Little Maggie’ in Round Peak about
1914-1916, and Richard Nevins suggests it was known a generation before that in
Grayson County – exemplifying the isolation of life in those regions. Nevins provides a
sad tale that Jarrell told about the death of his young cousin that occurred about the time
he first learned the song.
Oh, yonder stand Little Maggie
With her dram glass in her hand
She’s a-drinkin’ away all her troubles
And a-courtin’ some other man
Lord, how can I ever stand it
For to see them pretty blue eyes
A-spidin’ at another
Like two diamonds in the midnight sky
(break)
Come and go with me to the station
Got my suitcase in my hand
I’m goin’ away Little Maggie
Lord, I’m goin’ to some far and distand land
Oh, yonder stand Little Maggie
With her dram glass in her hand
She’s a-drinkin’ away all her troubles
And a-courtin’ some other man
(break)
Go away, go away Little Maggie
Go and do the best you can
I’ll get me another woman
You can get you another man
Yonder stand Little Maggie
With her dram glass in her hand
She’s a-drinkin’ away all her troubles
And a-courtin’ some other man