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Thread #113151   Message #2402359
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
31-Jul-08 - 12:38 PM
Thread Name: Songs about Horses
Subject: RE: Folklore: Songs about Horses
Here's one I learned in grade school. It originated in an eastern European country, but I don't remember which one.

John, must you lend your fine horse for the fight?
Beautiful horse, black as the night.
John, if you listen and do as I say,
you will be gay, riding away.

Hide your fine horse,
- black as the night -
Deep in the fields
Far out of sight.

Then when the fighting is over one day,
You will be gay, riding away.

The idea that ordinary people would have their horses taken away to be in battle came as a shock to us.