Big Black Bull, The
DESCRIPTION: The big black bull comes down the mountain, spies a heifer, jumps the fence, jumps the heifer, then returns to the mountain.
EARLIEST DATE: 1954 (recording, Pete Seeger)
KEYWORDS: animal bawdy humorous
FOUND IN: US(SW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Cray, pp. 195-198, "The Big Black Bull" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Pete Seeger, "The Little Black Bull" (on PeteSeeger09, PeteSeegerCD02)
cf. "The Old Gray Mare (I) (The Old Gray Horse; The Little Black Bull)"
The Old Black Bull
NOTES: This is related to the sea chanty, "A Long Time Ago." - EC [Known in this index as "The Old Gray Mare (I) (The Old Gray Horse; The Little Black Bull)" etc. Paul Stamler considers "The Old Gray Mare" group to be the "cleaned up" version of the bawdy song, and also notes that in some of the bawdy versions the bull "missed his mark and (phhfft) in the meadow." - RBW]
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