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Songs about Horses

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Gordon Jackson 08 Apr 21 - 04:29 AM
Acorn4 08 Apr 21 - 04:01 AM
Howard Jones 08 Apr 21 - 03:30 AM
GUEST,M Dixon 07 Apr 21 - 11:10 AM
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FreddyHeadey 21 Oct 18 - 07:00 AM
Steve Shaw 20 Oct 18 - 07:57 PM
Tattie Bogle 20 Oct 18 - 06:29 PM
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peteglasgow 20 Oct 18 - 02:48 PM
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FreddyHeadey 17 Oct 18 - 07:22 AM
GUEST,Jack Campin 17 Oct 18 - 05:49 AM
GUEST,Julie 16 Oct 18 - 09:55 PM
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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: Gordon Jackson
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 04:29 AM

No one mentioned Richard Thompson's other horsey song: Both Ends Burning.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: Acorn4
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 04:01 AM

Bit outdated now but:-

Eridge Valley Cowboy


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: Howard Jones
Date: 08 Apr 21 - 03:30 AM

The young Anglo-Hungarian musician Rakoczy has made a rather splendid debut album, "Frontrunner", themed entirely around horses and their place in British folklore.

Rakoczy, "Frontrunner" on Bandcamp

Well worth a listen.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST,M Dixon
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 11:10 AM

I may be the only person currently playing this song. It's a tune from Western Prince Edward Island written by Larry Gorman in the 1860s-70s. It's called "The Horse's Confession." The story is that Larry's brother purchased an older horse and Larry thought the horse was being over-worked and misused. Gorman wrote the tune in the voice of the horse as he details his story and complaints. Here's a version I recorded with the lyrics transcribed onscreen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H13qcZRPfpo


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST,Len Kennington
Date: 07 Apr 21 - 08:38 AM

Anyone recognise this?

It's early in the morning, we to the stable go
The horses look to welcome us, for very well they know,
That we're the lads that bring them corn, …...... there
and see that their coats are curry combed and bonnie maines are rare

doesn't sseem to figure in any of the pevious comments
This may be a Scottish stableboys song


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 21 Oct 18 - 07:00 AM

^^^^^
From: peteaberdeen - PM
Date: 20 Oct 18 - 02:48 PM

bonnie prince billy has a great song = 'horses'

https://youtu.be/cYXP95Z_SjU?t=36s


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 20 Oct 18 - 07:57 PM

Ahem.

Knock knock.

Who's there?

M A B it's a big horse.

M A B it's a big horse who?


(sings) "Emaybe it's a bigause I'm a Londoner..."

I'll get me coat...


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 20 Oct 18 - 06:29 PM

Copied over from the 2010 thread, a link to the lyrics of all the songs on the "Gentle Giants" CD - a real feast of horse songs!

Gentle Giants - lyrics - all


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LAST CLYDESDALES (Archie Webster)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 20 Oct 18 - 06:04 PM

Can't see "The Last Clydesdales" by Archie Webster on this thread, though I know it has been discussed on another a while back. Anyway, here it is again: sung by Archie Fisher among others.

THE LAST CLYDESDALES
composed by a Fife horseman Archie Webster around 1950

Noo come aa ye young plooboys an 'list tae ma tale,
Wha sit roon the table aa drinkin your ale;
I'll tak ye aa back tae yon far distant day,
When I drove the last Clydesdales tae work on Denbrae.

There were twa bonnie blacks wi white faces an feet,
In the hale country roun they could never be beat,
Ye'd tae look roun gey far 'tween the Forth and the Tay,
Tae match ma twa Clydesdales, the pride o Denbrae.

They were matchless in power in the cairt, binder or ploo,
Ma voice and ma hands on the reins they well knew;
There wis niver a thocht in their minds but obey,
Ma twa gallant Clydesdales, the pride o Denbrae.

But the time it wears on and the winters grow cauld,
And horses like men can dae nocht but grow auld;
But I mind on them still though it were yesterday,
When I drove the last Clydesdales that worked on Denbrae.

So come aa ye young plooboys an 'list tae ma tale,
Wha sit roon the table aa drinkin your ale;
I'll tak ye aa back tae yon far distant day,
When I drove the last Clydesdales tae work on Denbrae.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: peteglasgow
Date: 20 Oct 18 - 02:48 PM

bonnie prince billy has a great song = 'horses' lovely video too if anyone could be bothered to supply the link


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST,buspassed
Date: 20 Oct 18 - 02:20 PM

Anybody mentioned 'Robin Straggan's Old Grey Mare' sung by the late Terry Conway?


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: John C. Bunnell
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 02:09 AM

Midwestern folksinger Michael "Moonwulf" Longcor has a song called "Tribes of the Draft" that I've always been particularly fond of:

"We are the tribes of the working draft,
Farm and freighter and mine:
Perch and Belgian and Clyde and Punch
Pull for the honor of our kind."


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Subject: Lyr Add: NARROW BOATS TO TOW (Barry Goodman)
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 07:22 AM

NARROW BOATS TO TOW © Barry Goodman 2008 

A dark and dismal morning in the middle of October,
Another day of toil in the bitter cold and rain.
Sixty tons of coal in the narrow boats behind me
As I start along the towpath once again.
Fetched from out the stables before the dawn was breaking,
Harnessed, fed and watered with the stars still in the sky;
Starting on the working day before the world is waking
With thirty miles to travel by and by.

Chorus:
I could have pulled a haywain, I could have pulled a hearse,
I could have pulled a brewer’s dray to quench the people’s thirst,
I could have pulled an omnibus, I might have pulled a plough,
But I’m a boathorse and I’ve narrow boats to tow.

Across the hedges, fields are shining silver in the sunlight,
And horses work in teams to plough the furrows straight and true;
Steaming through the shadows of a chilly winter’s morning,
Working horses with a long day’s graft to do.
The milk-float makes its daily rounds like clockwork every morning,
The carter carries cargoes from the village to the town;
On every cart and carriage there’s a horse to do the pulling:
It’s the horse that makes this busy world go round.

And as I walk the towpath on a glowing April morning,
The brasses on my harness flashing brightly in the sun,
I think about those horses who by fortune’s fickle calling
Are taken far away to pull a gun.
They fought against Napoleon, then went to the Crimea,
Where men and horses fought and died for honour and for gain,
Many were the Percherons that suffered in the carnage,
And never saw the April sun again.

In summer it’s the children who are quick to walk beside me,
To guide me on a towpath that I know so very well.
Each lock and bridge and aqueduct, each tunnel, lift and stable
Is a chapter in the story I can tell.
And when the towrope slackens and I know the day is ending,
In stables warm and cosy I can rest and ease the pain;
The boatman knows to treat me well, for first thing in the morning
I will start along the towpath once again.

http://www.waterwaysongs.co.uk/narrowboats_to_tow.htm


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST,Jack Campin
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 05:49 AM

A tune: Ian Powrie's Lament for Big Dougal - can't see anywhere you can get it free, but it's often played in the Scottish fiddle and accordion scene.

Lorca: Song of the Horseman.   I like Zülfü Livaneli's setting of it in Turkish: Atlının Türküsü (lots of videos of that) but it must have been done in many languages.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST,Julie
Date: 16 Oct 18 - 09:55 PM

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,
He will be safe, out of the fray.
Hide your fine horse, black as the night,
Deep in the fields,far out of sight.
Then when the fighting is over some day,
He will be safe, out of the fray.

Similar song:
Three good horses in the field,
Dancing, prancing, neighing nodding there,
Three good horses in the field,
Three good horses all in a row.

Possibly Russian folk songs. Learned these in the 1950's, elementary school, Wisconsin


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST,Jonas
Date: 22 Jul 15 - 11:38 PM

This is off topic, but since Jim posted that Joyce Woodson song I was wondering if he or anyone else has the lyrics to her song "Have You Ever Seen the San Joaquin"?


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: open mike
Date: 23 Jun 13 - 12:26 PM

I played nearly 2 hours of horse songs on my radio show yesterday... here is the playlist:

TIME – ARTIST – ALBUM – SONG
12:52pm – Leelee and Friends – Western Stars – Full Moon Full of Love
1:03pm – Juni Fisher – Let 'er Go, Let 'er Buck, Let 'er Fly – A Horse Like You
1:08pm – Juni Fisher – Listen To The Horse – Listen to the Horse
1:12pm – Andria Kidd – Sespe Sky – Bucky
1:17pm – Katie Lee – 10,000 Cattle – 10,000 Cattle
1:22pm – Claudia Nygaard – Let the Storm Roll In – His Left Side
1:24pm – Marie-Lynn Hammond – Hoofbeats – Heavy Horse Song
1:33pm – Mountain Saddle Band – The Heart of a Cowboy – I Dream of Riding Fast Horses
1:36pm – Curly Musgrave – Range and Romance – Same Kind of Horses
1:40pm – Kristyn Harris – Let Me Ride – What a Horse Has Gotta Do
1:48pm – The Coyotes and Friends – Home Style Cowboy Music – Dark Horse
1:52pm – The Coyotes and Friends – Home Style Cowboy Music – My Pinto Pal
1:53pm – Rosalie Sorrels – Strangers in Another Country – I Had a Mule
2:05pm – Thomas Snow – Friends – Stewball
2:09pm – Stephanie Davis – Crocus in the Snow – The Spotted Ass
2:22pm – Almeda Terry – Voices from the Range – Our Last Ride
2:22pm – Willie Nelson – Heroes – A Horse Called Music
2:24pm – Christopher Smith – Sweet River Grace – Dead Horse Trampoline
2:31pm – unknown – old 78 rpm recording – Cowboy's Lament (Streets of Laredo) This is from Kat Laughing's Hudson family faves
2:36pm – Joyce Woodson – She's in Love with her Horse – She's in Love with her Horse
2:38pm – Juni Fisher – Let 'er Go, Let 'er Buck, Let 'er Fly – Pony Called Love
2:49pm – Fiddle Wham Diddle – Old School Old Time – Spotted Pony
2:54pm – Bruce Sagan and Andrea Hoag – Spelstundarna – Trollrikepolskan


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST,eldergirl
Date: 22 Jun 13 - 05:39 PM

One bitter disappointment I had years ago was the song "Anna Thea" (or Feher or whatever) . the one that starts 'Lazslo Thea stole a stallion, stole him on the misty mountain' but he wasn't a great judge of horses, got caught and banged up before end of first verse!! And I thought it was going to be a stirring tale of the bold young horsethief liberating a magnificent creature and befriending him. Well, so much for that.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: open mike
Date: 22 Jun 13 - 12:02 PM

My radio show today will feature over an hour of horse songs....
the movement to stop horse slaughter in the U.S. and stop transport to slaughter houses in Mexico and Canada and also the movement to stop wild horse round ups in the U.S. West. I will post the playlist after the show....http://krov.fm Crossroads show is on today from 1-3 p.m. pacific time...


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Subject: Lyr Add: IF I HAD A HORSE (Dave Stamey)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Jun 13 - 10:04 AM

Mentioned in Open Mike's playlist above. Not really about the horse, which is a hypothetical horse anyway. But it's a funny song worth having here.


IF I HAD A HORSE
As sung by Dave Stamey on "If I Had a Horse" (2003)

[Verse 1] Now if I had a horse,
A big white flashy horse,
I wouldn't be the kind of guy that I appear to be.
Well, I'd be different; I'd be better,
A hero right down to the letter,
And all them purty women would be after me.

[Chorus 1] 'Cause I'd be Tom Mix; I'd be the Lone Ranger.
I'd be John Wayne; I'd be the tall dark stranger.
I could ride into danger, 'cause I'd be brave, of course.
People would look up to me,
'Cause I'd be somethin' that they could aspire to be,
And this would all be possible if I just had a horse.

[Verse 2] If I had a hat,
A ten-gallon Stetson hat,
Well, I'd look so sharp, all my friends would be amazed,
'Cause I could tip it to the ladies.
My nose would always be shady,
And underneath the brim, I'd have a Gary-Cooper gaze.

[Chorus 2] And I'd be Tom Mix; I'd be the Lone Ranger.
I'd be Lash LaRue; I'd be the tall dark stranger.
I could save any widow's ranch in about eight seconds flat,
And you know, people would look up to me,
'Cause I'd be somethin' that they could aspire to be,
And this would all be possible if I just had a hat.

[Bridge] Clothes and trappin's don't make the man.
I know that's the way it's always gonna be,
But they can bring out the hero inside,
And, buddy, that's good enough for me.

[Verse 3] If I had some boots,
They'd go so well with my buckskin suit.
I could walk into places I never ever dared to go.
With my firm and manly stride,
Mean guys would just step aside,
And I'd be admired by folks I don't even know.

[Chorus 3] And I'd be Gene Autry; I'd be Roy Rogers.
I'd have a sidekick who's an old codger.
I could chase down robbers and I could recover the loot.
People would look up to me,
'Cause I'd be somethin' that they could aspire to be,
And this would all be possible if I just had some boots.

[Chorus 1] 'Cause I'd be Tom Mix; I'd be the Lone Ranger.
I'd be John Wayne; I'd be the tall dark stranger.
I could ride into danger, 'cause I'd be brave, of course,
And people would look up to me,
'Cause I'd be somethin' that they could aspire to be,
And this would all be possible if I just had a horse.

[Tag] It would all be possible if I just had a horse.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: Acorn4
Date: 02 Jun 13 - 07:25 AM

You might need long memories for this one when Zara's ma used to give us all a good laugh:-

The Eridge Valley Cowboy


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Subject: Lyr Add: HEART ALONE (Bill Staines)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Jun 13 - 12:20 AM

HEART ALONE
As sung by Bill Staines on "Redbird's Wing" (1987)

Into this world I came alone, flashing beauty to the bone,
And with all wonder, first I turned to see the sun,
Sired of strength and born of grace in a spare Kentucky place
Where the fields grow on forever in the morning.

And with no first and helping hand, two times I fell, then came to stand,
And with that rising I could feel my life begin;
For like some wild and rushing stream, in all my veins there flowed a dream,
And I could feel the feisty blood of those before me.

CHORUS: Jump to the bell; how do you feel? There's a flier at my heels;
Out straight ahead before the others show.
Now through that fast and final turn where mind and muscle start to burn,
And it is heart alone that brings you to the roses.

There was one, I knew him well; his eyes were kind and I could tell
That he would watch me as I'd fly beneath the sun.
Oh, how he'd smile and shake his head when I'd not let myself be led,
For he could read me and he knew it was just the fire.

Where the great Ohio slips away into a town we came one day,
And there were oh so many like me all around.
There was lightning in the air and I could feel it everywhere
As they gently put their colors to my shoulders.

CHORUS

Now gentle years, the bluebirds keep sweetly singing as they sweep
Across this farm, across this place that is my home,
Where morning mists rise from the dale, wispy wingéd silver tail,
Shining dancers in the early breath of springtime.

Oh, when it is that warming time, mother of youth and all its prime,
That brings the flower, that brings the mare to foal.
Now when I hear them from the hill, pounding hooves by driven will
Heat the heart and finds the flame that's deep inside me.

CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 27 May 13 - 09:20 AM

The ultimate - Crazy Horses by the Osmonds :-)

And from the ridiculous to the sublime, the late Tom Sydall's brilliant song about a canal man and his horse - Funny thing is I don't know the name but Bernard on here makes a good job of it,

It's heel and toe and to and fro
and neither slow nor tarry
He knows of course he's my old horse
My mate and my butty

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHE'S IN LOVE WITH HER HORSE (J Woodson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 May 13 - 09:11 AM

SHE'S IN LOVE WITH HER HORSE
As sung by Joyce Woodson on "She's In Love with Her Horse"

Her appaloosa makes her smile like she's a kid again.
Her appaloosa puts the wild back in her inner child again.
A year ago she was feelin' low, ever since her divorce,
But she's smilin' now; she's in love with her horse.

Her friends have tried to rein her in, but she'll just pout.
Even her boss is suspicious when she sneaks out.
Her mom's afraid she'll break a leg, but that won't change her course.
Ah, there's nothin' you can do; she's in love with her horse.

You should see them: tall and leggy, with a long, beautiful mane.
Muscles on his back have that ripplin' effect.
He comes if she's callin'.
No wonder she's fallin'.

She's got his picture in a silver frame right by her bed.
She doesn't care if the whole world knows she prefers him instead.
There's a magic spell about her.
There's a certain smell about her.
There's nothin' you can do; she's in love with her horse.

Tonight she'll take him ridin' out under a veil of stars.
It's great how well they get along; she'll brush his mane, softly whisper his name.

She's thinkin' of buildin' a stall or barn off the livin' room.
A little hay and they'll both be happy, and, hey, she's got the room.
She's besotted, so let's applaud it.
She's forgot about the divorce.
Ah, there's nothin' you can do: no debate, no discourse.
She's happy now; she's in love with her horse.


[Also sung by Judy Coder on "Songcatcher."]


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Subject: Lyr Add: HORSE LIKE YOU (Juni Fisher)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 May 13 - 08:37 AM

HORSE LIKE YOU
As sung by Juni Fisher on "Let 'er Go, Let 'er Buck, Let 'er Fly"

You never mention when I haven't combed my hair,
And if I'm not wearin' makeup, you don't care.
It doesn't matter one iota to ya when my lipstick is askew.
I'm lucky to have a horse like you.

When I say, "Let's go for a ride," you go along.
And I'm singin' while I ride; you like my songs.
You got shoulders I can lean on; you're a pal that pulls me through.
I'm mighty lucky to have a horse like you.

I'll admit I've had some horses I've traded, shipped, and sold,
But you're the one and only horse I'll ride till I get old.

When the trail of life is rough and rocky, and I'm feelin' all alone,
I only have to let you have your head, and you'll get us home.

If everybody had a horse that was their friend,
All the strife and trouble in this world would end.
When I get to heaven, let me have a pasture view,
'Cause if it's heaven, I'll have a horse like you.
I'm mighty lucky to have a horse like you.


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHOPO (N. Howard "Jack" Thorp)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 May 13 - 07:28 PM

From Songs of the Cowboys collected by N. Howard Thorp (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1921), page 23:


CHOPO
By N. Howard ["Jack"] Thorp

Written in Devil's River, Texas, 1901, at Jeneaw, or Juno, Lake, when in camp with Frank Wilson. This little horse I got from Antelope George at Sierra Blanca, was branded O. I rode him from Sierra Blanca to Paris, Texas. This song was in my first publication, copyrighted in 1908.

Through rocky arroyos so dark and so deep;
Down the sides of the mountains so slippery and steep;
You've good judgment, sure-footed, wherever you go
You're a safety conveyance, my little Chopo.

Whether single or double, or in lead of a team,
Over highways or byways or crossing a stream,
You're always in fix and willing to go
Whenever you're called on, my Chico Chopo.

You're a good roping horse; you were never jerked down;
When tied to a steer, you will circle him around;
Let him once cross the string, and over he'll go.
You sabe the business, my cow horse Chopo.

One day on the Llano, a hail-storm began;
The herds were stampeded, the horses all ran;
The lightning it glittered, a cyclone did blow;
But you faced the sweet music, my little Chopo.

Chopo, my pony; Chopo, my pride;
Chopo, my amigo; Chopo I will ride
From Mexico's border 'cross Texas Llanos;
To the salt Pecos River I ride you, Chopo.

[Sung by Don Edwards on "Saddle Songs," Rodney Hayden on "Rodney Hayden," Horse Crazy on "Cowboy Rhythm," William Clauson on "William Clauson Sings Songs from High Chaparral," Yampa Valley Boys on "Tales of the Trail," and Tex Fletcher on "Riding the Range."]


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Subject: Lyr Add: MANDRAKE (Tex Morton)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 26 May 13 - 08:43 AM

MANDRAKE
As sung by Tex Morton on "Timeless Country: Tex Morton" and "Tex Morton: Original Recordings Vol. 2: 1936-1938"

[Yodel]

1. I've told you of Aristocrat and good old Rocky Ned.
Their names will be remembered long after they are dead.
They've thrown the best of riders, the greatest of all time,
But now I'll tell you all about this new outlaw of mine.

2. We used to call him Slipp'ry when he came with the show,
But I changed his name to Mandrake; there's no trick he don't know.
He tries a new one every night; he never bucks the same.
Mandrake is a wizard so that's how he got his name.

CHORUS. Screw down the saddle; make it good and tight.
Back from the ropes, please; ask him is he right.
Pick up your mate, lads; he had a nasty fall.
They're all the same to Mandrake, champions and all.

3. Now all you local riders, come here and gather 'round.
Stay on his back ten seconds and I'll pay a hundred pound.
The champion o' Queensland got on to ride him 'round.
He rode him just two seconds: one up, one comin' down.

4. A fella came in the other night to show what he could do.
He thought that he'd be clever, so he painted his pants with glue.
Mandrake threw him easily; he says, "Huh, I don't mind."
I said, "Old chap, take a look at yourself; you've left your pants behind."

CHORUS

5. A new chum went up to the boys just the other night.
Mandrake got mixed up on the ropes and gave him a heck of a fright.
"Eh, what'll I do if horse gets out of ring?" I heard him say.
"Well, you jump into the ring, then, pal, and you'll be quite okay."

6. I have a little saying; it's one you ought to know.
It's always been the motto of my travelling rodeo:
"There never was a rider who never could be throwed,
And there never was a bronco that never could be rode."

CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: GONE ARE THE STRONG ONES (from C Kydd)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 May 13 - 04:49 PM

GONE ARE THE STRONG ONES
As sung by Christine Kydd on "Gentle Giants" (2004)

1. Gone are the strong ones I knew in my day,
Broad-backed, big-legged, not much to say.
They did their work well though they got little pay.
We'll not see their likes any more.

2. I grew up on a highland farm with Dolly, Jock, and Dick.
Dick would take us into town to meet the train from Wick
Slow and safe along the road—tick-tock, tick-tock, tick—
Counting every flower along the way.

3. Dolly was so good with bairns; though I was only nine
I worked her with trace and long rope at the harvest time,
Looped the rope around the rick and pull it into line
So Jock and Dick could haul the hairst away.

4. Jock was a big one, a true-bred Clydesdale brown,
Thick hair and heavy feet, perfect for the plough.
He'd pull from dawn to sunset on any kind of ground.
The Clydesdales earned their oats and hay.

[Repeat 1.]

5. The Clydesdale horse was bred, they say, to carry armoured knights.
I learned that at Newmore School and teacher was always right.
They'd take so long to get up speed, they'd be late for the fight,
But they'd smash down anybody in their way.

6. But one year the grass sickness hit the north full hard.
It killed so many horses, it raged near and far.
Dolly, Jock, and Dick went to knacker's yard.
The tractor towed them away.

[Repeat 1.]


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: Artful Codger
Date: 24 May 13 - 08:20 PM

"Two Bits", a true story of equine endurance and heroism set in verse by the Arizona historian and poet Sharlot M. Hall, by 1897. I've revised the text and concocted a tune to it, but assuredly I can't have been the first to do so.
Artful Codger


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST,CJ
Date: 24 May 13 - 07:06 PM

Has this been mentioned? Richard Dawson's 'Poor Old Horse'


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4OuYsD0PDg


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Subject: Lyr Add: COLORADO HORSES (Will Dudley)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 May 13 - 12:58 PM

COLORADO HORSES
As sung by Will Dudley on "Trying to Rope the Moon" and "Colorado Horses"

1. We were up before the sunrise, loaded up the horses; we were gone.
We crossed La Veta pass into that sweet San Luis Valley, rollin' on.
There's Wolf Creek straight ahead, ten thousand feet of mountain; we'll be there by noon.
We're haulin' Colorado horses down to winter beneath the Arizona moon.

2. Rolled straight on through Durango toward Four Corners; that old Ford was makin' ground.
We stretched the horses' legs in Teec Nos Pos and watched the desert sun go down.
We made camp out in the nations and we listened to the ancestors' tunes.
We're haulin' Colorado horses down to winter beneath the Arizona moon.

3. I called the boss in Wickenburg just to let him know when we'd be rollin' in,
Fed the horses, fed ourselves, picked some guitar while the firelight grew dim,
Then we passed the bottle round and watched the night turn into mornin' way too soon.
We're haulin' Colorado horses down to winter beneath the Arizona moon.

4. Sing praises to these horses; they've hauled a thousand dudes into the hills.
They'd take us to the rivers where the voice of Mother Nature won't be still.
I ain't no big-time banker but I know exactly what I should be doin'.
We're haulin' Colorado horses down to winter beneath the Arizona moon.

[Repeat 3.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: BALLAD OF THE ABSENT MARE (Leonard Cohen)
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 24 May 13 - 11:02 AM

"Say a prayer for the cowgirl" by Emmylou Harris was mentioned up above. The actual title is "Ballad of the Runaway Horse", an adaptation of Leonard Cohen's song "Ballad of the Absent Mare". Jennifer Warnes sings this as well.

"Ballad Of The Absent Mare"

Say a prayer for the cowboy
His mare's run away
And he'll walk til he finds her
His darling, his stray
but the river's in flood
and the roads are awash
and the bridges break up
in the panic of loss.
And there's nothing to follow
There's nowhere to go
She's gone like the summer
gone like the snow
And the crickets are breaking
his heart with their song
as the day caves in
and the night is all wrong

Did he dream, was it she
who went galloping past
and bent down the fern
broke open the grass
and printed the mud with
the iron and the gold
that he nailed to her feet
when he was the lord

And although she goes grazing
a minute away
he tracks her all night
he tracks her all day
Oh blind to her presence
except to compare
his injury here
with her punishment there

Then at home on a branch
in the highest tree
a songbird sings out
so suddenly
Ah the sun is warm
and the soft winds ride
on the willow trees
by the river side

Oh the world is sweet
the world is wide
and she's there where
the light and the darkness divide
and the steam's coming off her
she's huge and she's shy
and she steps on the moon
when she paws at the sky

And she comes to his hand
but she's not really tame
She longs to be lost
he longs for the same
and she'll bolt and she'll plunge
through the first open pass
to roll and to feed
in the sweet mountain grass

Or she'll make a break
for the high plateau
where there's nothing above
and there's nothing below
and it's time for the burden
it's time for the whip
Will she walk through the flame
Can he shoot from the hip

So he binds himself
to the galloping mare
and she binds herself
to the rider there
and there is no space
but there's left and right
and there is no time
but there's day and night

And he leans on her neck
and he whispers low
"Whither thou goest
I will go"
And they turn as one
and they head for the plain
No need for the whip
Ah, no need for the rein

Now the clasp of this union
who fastens it tight?
Who snaps it asunder
the very next night
Some say the rider
Some say the mare
Or that love's like the smoke
beyond all repair

But my darling says
"Leonard, just let it go by
That old silhouette
on the great western sky"
So I pick out a tune
and they move right along
and they're gone like the smoke
and they're gone like this song


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHE COULD RUN (from Lacy J. Dalton)
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 24 May 13 - 10:55 AM

She Could Run
(Lacy J. Dalton ?)

It was in the dead of winter, in a hail of snow and ice
When the pride of old Kentucky came gasping into life
She was weak and she was wobbly
and her legs were much too long
But her heart was like a chalice
where the fire of God was strong
And she could run... run... run...

At six months old they noticed she was faster than the rest
By the time she was a yearling she was racing past the best
So they took her down and trained her,
but they never used a whip
'Cause she'd shoot off like a cannonball
when they let her take the bit
And she could run... run... run...

Now I've heard it said
A racin? horse is only born to run
Some say horses don't possess a soul
But I have seen a shining there
As bright as any sun
And that comes from only
One great source I know

Well, they ran her in the Derby and she won it by a length
Then she took the famous Preakness
in a show of speed and strength
They named her in the papers as a favorite of the crowds
A third win at the Belmont Stakes
Would take the Triple Crown
And she could run... run...
Praise be to Glory she could run

But on the morning of the Belmont
the rain was pourin? down
And the track was wet
and dangerous that day
The bell rang and they cried "They're off!" but the big Bay swerved and fell
And she went down
trying to jump out of his way

Well, the jockey heard her leg bone snap
as they slammed into the fence
"Dear God, don't let this be," he prayed,
but that's the way it went
She struggled but she could not rise ?
Her eyes rolled white and wild
As he knelt to calm her in the mud he cried just like a child
'Cause she could run... run... run...

Now I've heard it said
A racing horse is only born to run
Some say horses don't possess a soul
But I have seen a shining there
As bright as any sun
And that comes from only
One great source I know

Well, she never felt the poison they gave to end her pain
She only heard a quiet voice and felt a gentle rain
Her spirit raced towards the light and she became aware
Of blue sky all around her and bluegrass every where
And she could run... run...
Praise be to Glory, Praise be to Glory

Praise be to Glory, she could run...


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST,Dot Callery
Date: 24 May 13 - 09:49 AM

Tom Russell - Although a horse-thief song still worth looking up - 'The Sky Above, the Mud Below'.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST,Allen in Oz
Date: 23 May 13 - 11:07 PM

Type in Wonga Springs on youtube to see what Australians are singing about horses

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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: mg
Date: 23 May 13 - 03:23 AM

Short Grass by Ian Tyson
one horse open sleigh


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: mg
Date: 23 May 13 - 03:20 AM

Jingle Bells
Pony Boy
Horse seining song by Hobe Kytr..absolutely awesome song
Mentioned in Coal Town Road
horse with no name?
old nelly on golden wedding day [Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet]

Some beautiful ones about WWI..
something about horse infantry?


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST,Allen in Oz
Date: 22 May 13 - 11:23 PM

Has The Tennessee Stud been mentioned yet ?

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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: Howard Kaplan
Date: 22 May 13 - 10:33 PM

Marie-Lynn Hammond has just released Hoofbeats, an entire CD of horse songs that she's written over the past few years. You can find more details on her web site.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SILVER STALLION
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 May 13 - 09:56 PM

SILVER STALLION
Written by Lee Clayton
As sung by The Highwaymen (Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, & Kris Kristofferson)
on "Highwayman 2" (1990), "Highwayman Super Hits" (1999), "The Highwayman Collection" (2000), and "The Essential Highwaymen" (2010).

[Kristofferson:]
I'm gonna steal me a silver stallion,
With not a mark upon his silky hide,
And teach him he can trust me like a brother.
One day we'll saddle up and ride.

[Cash:]
And we're gonna ride, we're gonna ride,
Ride like the one-eyed jack of diamonds with the devil close behind.
We're gonna ride.

[Jennings:]
I'm gonna find me a reckless woman,
Razor blades and dice in her eyes,
Just a touch of sadness in her fingers,
Thunder and lightnin' in her thighs.

[Cash:]
And we're gonna ride, we're gonna ride,
Ride like the one-eyed jack of diamonds with the devil close behind.
We're gonna ride.

[Nelson:]
I'm gonna chase the sky forever,
With the woman and the stallion and the wind,
And the sun is gonna burn into a cinder,
Before we ever pass this way again.

[Cash:]
And we're gonna ride, we're gonna ride,
Ride like the one-eyed jack of diamonds with the devil close behind.
We're gonna ride.

[Also recorded by Lee Clayton on "Gettin' Filthy"]


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Subject: Lyr Add: PATRICK (Mike Beck)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 May 13 - 08:45 PM

PATRICK
As sung by Mike Beck on "Mariposa Wind"

My name is Patrick,
And I live in the mountains
Outside Salinas,
Way up in the sky.

My name is Patrick,
And the man who rides me,
He feels what I feel;
He thinks what I think;
His touch goes down to my feet.

My name is Patrick,
And it's easy to run,
And I can stop on four feet,
And no cow can get by me.

And I'm straight up in the bridle,
And my reins and reata,
They're braided by the man
I allow on my back,
Whose touch goes down to my feet.

Back in '57,
The bridle class in Salinas,
The great horses were there,
And the men who rode 'em, too.

And I chased the wild cow,
And I turned her on the fence,
And the people all cheered,
And they all looked at me.

'Cause my name is Patrick,
And I live in the mountains
Outside Salinas,
Way up in the sky.

My name is Patrick,
And the man who rides me,
He feels what I feel;
He thinks what I think,
And his touch goes down to my feet.

When I'm turned out in the golden hills,
I eat the sweetest grass
That grows under the oak trees
Where the fog drifts to the ground.

Now my name is Patrick,
And I sleep on the ridges
Where the wind off the ocean
Brings the scent of manzanita
And it blows through my mane.


[Reputedly written about a horse belonging to Bill Dorrance, one of the original "horse whisperers."]


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD FAITHFUL AND I (from Les Wilson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 May 13 - 07:11 PM

Not to be confused with another song with a similar title and theme: OLD FAITHFUL.


OLD FAITHFUL AND I
As sung by Les Wilson on "Old Faithful: Songs from the Saddle"

On the great plains of Texas we wander,
Away from the mountain so high,
Serenading the sky and the grasslands,
My old horse Faithful and I.

[Yodel]

When the purple shades close on the prairie,
And the pale moon rises on high,
We'll rest by the campfire in silence,
My old horse Faithful and I.

[Yodel]

When the sun beats down without mercy,
For the cool of the evening we sigh,
And long for the shadows of nightfall,
My old horse Faithful and I.

[Yodel]


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST
Date: 22 May 13 - 02:58 AM

ouwe bles is a popular yodel song sung by many Dutch cowboy-style yodelers like the boy-yodeler Bobby Klein [trans from Dutch] also sung by Belgian cowboy yodeler Bob Vrieling.

"in the afternoon when i get home from school
i help my father around the farm
until my father says: "Stop dreaming and
go bring back ole Bles from the pasture"
then I grab the really Ole Bles by the head
and swing uyp on his back and here is
where i become a real cowboy, or so I imagine
and I'm riding across the Texas prairies...
[lots of yodeling]

My 2nd yodel book was recently published: YODEL IN HIFI: FROM KITSCH FOLK TO MODERN ELECTRONICA. you can find more info at: http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/4594.htm

bart plantenga


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: eftifino
Date: 22 May 13 - 01:48 AM

I can't believe that I haven't seen any mention of Steeleye Span's rendering of "Skewball" (Not the US Stewball). It's on their Ten Man Mop album.

I don't know if it can be obtained these days (I live Down Under), but my late father, The Irish Actor Noel Purcell, recorded a 6-kleenex monologue called 'Pretty Polly', about an old Dublin Hackney driver and his equally old Polly. If it is available, it was recorded on the Glenside Label by Walton's of Dublin in the '50s. I had a 78, but it broke!


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLD NED (Ted Egan)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 May 13 - 10:43 PM

From The Land Downunder by Ted Egan (Norwich : Grice Chapman, 2003), page 128:

OLD NED
Ted Egan

1. They reckon Old Ned is too stiff to be riding,
Too old at the stockyards when the drafting is done.
His eyesight is shot for the tracking and the guiding
He'll muster no more with the camp on the run.

2. Let him dream on; let the old bloke remember
The days when he rode where the wild cattle were.
Pension him off, but just let him cherish
Memories of stockwhip, stirrup and spur.

3. In his day, there were few who could stay there beside him
Through the gidyea and the wattle when slinging the lead.
Few horses could throw him; no man could outride him:
Best in the Gulf, the old-timers agreed.

Repeat 2.

4. Let's yarn to Old Ned in his camp by the river,
Far from the hills that were mustered back then.
The legendary stockman, it's sad that he'll never
Go running the pikers and the cleanskins again.

Repeat 2.

Repeat 1.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: open mike
Date: 21 May 13 - 05:12 PM

here are some

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard / Horse Called Music / Heroes / Legacy / http://www.willienelson.com/

Corinne West / Horseback in my Dreams / Bound for the Living/ Make Records

Lonesome Traveler / If Wishes Were Horses / Looking for a Way / www.lonesometravelerband.com

Tom Russell has an album called "Indians, Cowboys, Horses, Dogs" / Hightone / http://www.tomrussell.com/

Dave Stamey / If I Had a Horse + Somewhere West of Laramie / If I Had a Horse / Horse Camp / www.davestamey.com....

The Rice Brothers / Darcy Farrow / Rice Brothers 2 / Rounder / www.tonyrice.com

Caroline Doctorow / Carmel Valley Ride / title song / Narrow Lane / http://www.carolinedoctorow.com/

Michael Martin Murphey / Tennessee Stud / Horse Legends / Warner Western / http://www.michaelmartinmurpheymusic.com/....

Chris Williamson / Goodbye Old Paint / Fringe / Wolf Moon / http://www.criswilliamson.com/....

G. W. Groethe / My Father's Horses / Bar-D-Roundup / Cowboy Poetry.com

The Be Good Tanyas / Horses / Chinatown / Nettwerk / http://www.begoodtanyas.com/

Pedro Marquez / Comes a Horseman / Nevada /Heart Bar Ranch

John Tyson / Mustang Moon / Wild Horse Crossing / Lacy J. Dalton / http://www.letemrun.com/Wild-Horse-Crossing.htm

Juni Fisher / title tune + Roundup to Remember / Let 'er Go, Let 'er Buck, Let 'er Fly /Red Geetar / www.junifisher.net

Sisters of the Silver Sage / Ghost Riders in the Sky / Swingin' & Trail Dreamin'

Ramblin' Jack Elliot & Arlo Guthrie / Ridin' Down the Canyon / Friends of Mine / Hightone /

Rich Flanders / Song of the Trail / Yondering / JAZ Music / www.richflanders.com

and last, but not least....

Garnet Rogers / Small Victory / song about a rescued race horse / www.garnetrogers.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge5_gLtSWd4


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: GUEST
Date: 21 May 13 - 04:54 PM

Donkey, Jack Donkey by Bill Caddick - sums up most of the horses I ever backed ...


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Subject: RE: Songs about Horses
From: open mike
Date: 21 May 13 - 04:16 PM

I DID A 2 HOUR RADIO SHOW WITH SONGS ABOUT HORSES...
i will check to see if i can find th eplaylist...


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE CARTER AND HIS TEAM
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 May 13 - 12:12 PM

This is in response to JeffB, who posted on 01 Aug 2008. (What is the chance he'll see this?)

From The Children's Garland of Verse edited by Grace Little Rhys (London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1921), page 91:


THE CARTER AND HIS TEAM

I was once a bold fellow, and went with a team,
And all my delight was in keeping them clean,
With brushes and curries I'd show their bright colour,
And the name that they gave me was "a hearty good fellow."

As every evening I went to my bed
The thought of my horses came into my head.
I rose in the morning to give them their meat
As soon as I got my shoes on my feet.

The first was a white horse, as white as the milk;
The next was a grey horse, as soft as the silk;
The next was a brown horse, as sleek as a mole;
The last was a great horse, as black as a coal.

As I went a-driving all on the highway,
When light went my load, then I fed them with hay;
And watered them very well, when we came to a pond.
(And after they've drunk, boys, go steady beyond.)

My feet they grew weary as I walked by their side;
I said to my mate, "I will get up and ride."
And as I was riding I made a new song,
And as I did sing it, you must learn it along.

[Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman sing a similar song, which they call THE CARTER, on "Bonnet & Shawl" (1996).]


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Subject: Lyr Add: PONIES (Jeffrey Hawthorne Bullock)
From: Larry The Radio Guy
Date: 21 Nov 12 - 04:08 PM

One of my favorites....I heard it by Michael Johnson in 1987.

PONIES
Words and music by Jeffrey Hawthorne Bullock

Somewhere out on the prairie
Is the greatest cowboy that's ever been
And when he lays his hands upon the ponies
They shudder with an understanding skin

And he says ponies
Now ponies don't you worry
I have not come to steal your fire away
I want to fly with you across the sunrise
Discover what begins each shining day

When the storm clouds in the west
Are quickly gathering
The ponies they run wild there
Before it rains

You'll see their sleek dark bodies
Brightly gleaming
You know the fire is flying through
Their brains

And he says ponies
Now ponies don't you worry
I have not come to steal your fire away
I want to fly with you across the sunrise
Discover what begins each shining day

And he says ponies
Now ponies don't you worry
I have not come to steal your fire away
I want to fly with you across the sunrise
Discover what begins each shining day

And he says ponies
Ponies don't you worry
I have not come to steal your fire away
I want to fly with you across the sunrise
Discover what begins each shining day
I want to fly


[Also recorded by John Denver; Royal Wade Kimes; Jim Horn & Jim Salestrom; Lynn Anderson; Michael Martin Murphey & Johnny Cash; Michael Johnson]


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