All the Pretty Little Horses

DESCRIPTION: "Hush-a-bye, don't you cry, Go to sleep you little baby. When you wake, you shall have All the pretty little horses." The horses are described. Another verse describes a baby (lamb) left in a meadow at the mercy of the birds
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1918 (Cecil Sharp collection)
KEYWORDS: lullaby animal horse
REFERENCES (24 citations):
Randolph 269, "Black Sheep Lullaby" (2 short texts, both rather far removed from the usual form; 1 tune)
Arnold-FolkSongsofAlabama, p. 96, "Bones" (1 short text, 1 tune, probably this); p. 101, "The Little Ponies" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
Curtis-Burlin-NegroFolkSongs-TheHamptonSeries (IV), pp. 149-152, "Lullaby" (1 text with variants, 1 tune with variants)
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore3 115, "Hush-a-Bye, Don't You Cry" (3 text plus mention of 1 more); also 117,
"Poor Little Lamb Cries Mammy" (3 short texts, perhaps related to the Randolph version)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5 115, "Hush-a Bye, Don't You Cry" (1 tune plus a text excerpt); 117, "Poor Little Lamb Cries 'Mammy!'" (1 tunes plus a text excerpt); pp. 508-509, "Old Witch" (1 short text, 1 tune, too brief to identify but with rhymes reminiscent of this)
Scarborough-OnTheTrailOfNegroFolkSongs, pp.145-148, "Lullaby," (no title), "Go to Sleepy, Little Baby," "Got to Sleep, Little Baby," (no title), (no title), "Ole Cow," (no title) (8 texts, most short, 2 tunes); also probably pp. 148-149, "Baa-Baa Black Sheep" (1 short text, one tune, which is much like this piece except for the first line)
Joyner-FolkSongInSouthCarolina, p. 100, "All the Pretty Little Horses" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-TexasFolkSongs-1ed, p. 267, "Go to Sleepy"; Owens-TexasFolkSongs-1ed, p. 268, "Go to Sleep" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Owens-TexasFolkSongs-2ed, p. 179, "Go to Sleep Little Baby"; p. 181, "Go to Sleepy" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Sandburg-TheAmericanSongbag, pp. 454-455, "Go To Sleepy" (1 text, 1 tune, in which the child is promised rewards upon waking -- but seemingly also threatened with the "booger man" if it won't sleep)
Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians 233, "Mammy Loves" (1 text, 1 tune)
Trent-Johns-PlaySongsOfTheDeepSouth, pp. 20-21, "Go To Sleepy, Little Baby" (1 text, 1 tune)
Scott-TheBalladOfAmerica, pp. 204-205, "Hushabye (All the Pretty Little Horses)" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-FolkSongUSA 2, "All the Pretty Little Horses" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-AmericanBalladsAndFolkSongs, pp. 304-305, "All the Pretty Little Horses" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FolkSongsOfNorthAmerica 265, "Black Sheep" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ritchie-SingingFamilyOfTheCumberlands, pp. 217-218, "[Horsey Song]" (1 text, 1 tune, partly repeated on page 223)
Warner-FolkSongsAndBalladsOfTheEasternSeaboard, p. 39, "Go to Sleep" (1 text)
Botkin-TreasuryOfSouthernFolklore, p. 704, "You Shall Have a Horse to Ride" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cray-AshGrove, pp. 15-16, "All the Pretty Little Horses" (1 text, 1 tune)
Pankake/Pankake-PrairieHomeCompanionFolkSongBook, p. 224, "All the Pretty Little Horses" (1 text); also probably p. 235, "Go to Sleepy, Little Baby" (very short fragment)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 407, "All The Pretty Little Horses" (1 text)

Roud #6705
Texas Gladden, "Whole Heap a Little Horses" (on LomaxCD1702)
Kate W. Jones (TX), "All Those Pretty Little Horses" (AFS 02590a04, 1939)
Pete Seeger, "All the Pretty Little Horses" (on GrowOn2)

cf. "The Lost Babe" (theme of young one at the mercy of birds)
File: LxU002

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