I Had a Little Horse Whose Name Was Jack
DESCRIPTION: "I had a little horse whose name was Jack, Put him in the stable and he jumped through the crack."
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (Brown)
FOUND IN: US(SE,So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore3 176, "I Had a Little Horse Whose Name Was Jack" (1 short text)
cf. "I Had a Little Pony (I)"
cf. "I Had a Little Pony (II)" (lyrics)
NOTES [145 words]: The notes in Brown connect this with the English nursery rhyme, "I had a little pony, his name was Dapple Gray." This is possible -- but only that. - RBW
I don't see the connection either but Brown is refering to Opie/Opie-OxfordDictionaryOfNurseryRhymes 127, "I had a little pony" or--less likely--Opie/Opie-OxfordDictionaryOfNurseryRhymes 223, "I had a little horse." [See also Montgomerie/Montgomerie-ScottishNurseryRhymes 12, 25, and especially Baring-Gould-AnnotatedMotherGoose #157, pp. 118-119, about dapple gray, and notes there. - RBW]
There seems a more complete version from Texas at the Real Live Preacher site in Finding the Man in the Picture Part One:
"I had a little dog, his name was Rover. He died all over except for his tail, and it turned over."
"I had a little mule, his name was Jack. I put him in the stable but he jumped through the crack." - BS
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