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I wasn't prepared for quite how radiant, gracious and gutsy she would appear both in person and as a performer. It was like watching a master class in folk performance to be frank: a truly positive force.  - Karine Polwart

Peggy Quotes 2

On Almost Commerically Viable, both Peggy and Irene's voices are really fresh, despite their combined ages of over a century. Peggy sounds clear and sharp in the hard-hitting song 'Guilty' and seductive in the jazzy 'Sweet Heroine'. Irene has a soft voice, high and light, which complements Peggy's voice well.
- Andy Malkin

 

Give 'em an Inch

GIVE  ’EM  AN  INCH
(1987)

It was a delightful cartoon. The midwife had a look of wonder on her face as she held the baby boy in one hand and pinched his tiny protuberance with the other. It is a wondrous appendage. It arrives in inches and becomes the yardstick by which so much manhood is measured.

words and music: Peggy Seeger
disc 15A, 21
© 1992  Peggy Seeger  (1)

(free, slow)
The man waited, the woman groaned,
She was lost in labour’s toil.
Forgotten for now the long nine-month,
The act of passion and joy.
Ten fingers, ten toes,
Two eyes, two ears, a mouth and a nose,
And that one inch of flesh that proclaims IT’S A BOY!
The midwife inspected his belly and bum,
Counted appendages one by one.
Took his sweet willie twixt finger and thumb,
Looked at it in wonder and said:

(in rhythm, moderate)
Does this little spike of flesh define the stronger sex?
Will this little pleasure rod put this baby next to God?
Is this the thing that gets him higher wages,
That’s kept him up on top throughout the ages?
Will these round thingamabobs get this child a better job?
A pilot, not a stewardess;  a doctor, not a nurse;
Headmaster, not a teacher; a chance to get there first -
The sceptre that makes kingdoms, the key that opens doors,
The reason why this baby won’t be scrubbing kitchen floors.....

(free)
She laid the little dickie down and gave a weary smile;
‘Give ’em an inch - and they’ll take a mile.’

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