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    Default Bluegrass / Old Time Horse Songs

    So far I have:

    Tennessee Stud
    Molly And Tenbrooks
    Blue Mule

    What have you got?

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    Is that Blue Mule of Kentucky?
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    Does it have to be a song?

    Spotted Pony is a great OT tune.
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    Tunes are just fine, too.

    I unexpectedly found this video which pleased me a lot:


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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycat View Post
    Is that Blue Mule of Kentucky?
    This is the Blue Mule I had in mind:


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    Another Peter Rowan song. It is slower and probably not bluegrass or old-time, but it is about horses...!

    I have a live recording from alaska where he tells a story about him playing the chords and asking his young daughter one night to "sing the words that belonged there"... Probably just another peter rowan story but it is a hauntingly good song
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    Del has this one


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    If it doesn't have to be BG/OT, I would throw in Chestnut Mare (Byrds) and Pony (Tom Waits).

    Marty Robbins did "Strawberry Roan."

    Gene Vincent, "Red Blue Jeans and a Ponytail," does that count?

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    Rowan Rice Quartet with Wild Mustang, with Sharon Gilchrist on Mandolin:
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    old dangerfield is named after Monroe's horse (I think)

    She loves to ride horses (Guy Clark)

    Flop Eared Mule ?

    Wheel Hoss !

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    Floppy Eared Mule - good one. I should have thought of that.
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    Norman Blake's...Old Gray Mare. great tune.

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    "Stewball" The Country Gentlemen did this one.

    From Wikipedia:

    There are two major different versions of the sporting ballad, generally titled either "Skewball" or "Stewball"; the latter is more popular in America. There are multiple variations within the two major divisions. Versions date at least as far back as the 18th century, appearing on numerous broadsides. In both songs the title horse is the underdog in the race, up against a favored grey mare (usually called either "Griselda" or "Molly"), and although in most versions of Stewball the winning horse triumphs due to the stumbling of the lead horse, Skewball wins simply by being the faster horse in the end. Probably the most significant lyrical difference in the songs is the conversation Skewball has with his jockey, while Stewball behaves more like a typical horse and does not speak.

    The oldest broadside identified with the ballad is dated 1784 and is held by the Harding Collection of the Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford. The song had spread to America by 1829 when it was published in a songbook in Hartford. American versions were sung and adapted by slaves in the Southern United States, and have Stewball racing in California, Texas, and Kentucky. British and Irish versions, when the setting is mentioned, usually place the race in Kildare, Ireland, leading some to believe that the song is actually Irish in origin.[2] The grey mare was owned by Sir Ralph Gore, whose family had gained a great deal of land in Ireland with the Protestant Cromwellian invasion (starting in 1650), which probably accounts for the delight in Skewball's win "breaking Sir Gore" in the final lines of this Irish-based broadside.[1]

    The song is in the Roud Folk Song Index, #456.
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    Well, obviously Camptown Races. Then there's Wakefield's New Camptown Races.

    Saddle Up the Gray
    Working On the New Railroad ("Once I had a big gray horse, Darrow was his name...")
    Wagoner's Lad
    From Earth to Heaven
    (Uncle Dave Macon)
    Bachelor's Hall ("I rode seven horses clean to death...")
    Six White Horses
    Mule Skinner Blues
    (if we're including mules)

    If you're into the "cowboy songs" genre, there's a million of 'em.
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    Dead Horse Trampoline
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    Joyful pickin'!

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    Wild Horses at Stony Point
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    Not exactly bluegrass/old time but Michael Martin Murphy's "Wildfire" came to mind.

    Bill Monroe did "Goodbye Old Pal" and "Old Grey Mare Came Tearing Out of the Wilderness."
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    Road apples
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    Bluegrass? Maybe, but I don't know. They are old time melodies, though. Apparently no lyrics
    Thanks to this thread, I just discovered the 2nd one, and already having fun playing it.

    Saddle the Pony
    http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=ab...s.txt/0266&m=p
    The Black Nag
    http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=ww...cknag/0000&m=p

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    Me & Paul Revere by The Steep Canyon Rangers and Steve Martin
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    -A horse plays a significant role in the "White House Blues"
    -"White Horse Breakdown"
    -The an old time line "wish I had a big fine horse, corn to feed him on" drifts between songs...

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    Old and in the Way did a blugrass version of the Stones' Wild Horses...

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    Kickin' mule
    Sharecropper's Son (mentions a mule)
    Patti Griffin's Whole Heap of Little Horses
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    Mule Skinner Blues

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    mules are neat animals, hope mules can be counted here in the mix, plus we have some open back banjo

    one of my all time favorite songs, seen her perform it many a time, Gillian Welch............Hard Times

    sit down, turn the lights off or low, absorb the feel



    i like this song so much i'm going to list it again:


    thats a great sounding banjo-probably a really old banjo
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