This is an English tune about young love and parting ways.
This old Blues lament has many different lyrics and performance interpretations.
Though the origin of the tune is uncertain, it may have origins as early as early as the 16th Century in a tune called “The Unfortunate Rake.” It’s been interpreted many times, famously but Woodie Guthrie and the Animals.
A good wikipedia article has been developed about this traditional song. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_the_Rising_Sun
Loved by folk and punk musicians alike this tune about an ill-fated whaling trip and a heroic or incredulous captain (depending on the version). Some records indicate it is as old as 1725.
Played in G. A gritty classic from Ireland.
This song is easy enough a beginner can play along even when rather sloshed. The lyrics vary in versions, and can be improvised as suits the group.
An ancient Irish march, often played expressively like an air. Purportedly sung by then Irish troops returning from the Battle of Clontarf on Good Friday, 1014AD. (Library of Ireland)
A 1799 Scottish air by fiddler Niel Gow, this tune is often played much faster.
This Scottish Air, simple as it is, allows for expressive opportunities for even the most skilled musicians.
Maggie in the Wood can be interpreted as an air, single jig, march, or polka! Why not hone your playing skills and develop the tune in different ways?