DESCRIPTION: In praise of sleighing in the snow. Taking his "one horse open sleigh," the singer courts Miss Fanny Bright. Even a brief detour into a snowbank does not deter his ardor. The singer urges others to get a horse and sleigh and go courting
AUTHOR: James Pierpont (1822-1893)
EARLIEST DATE: 1857
KEYWORDS: horse nonballad courting
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (6 citations):
RJackson-19CPop, pp. 93-96, "Jingle Bells Or the One horse open Sleigh" (1 text, 1 tune)
Krythe (16), pp. 219-220, "Jingle Bells" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 376, "Jingle Bells" (1 text)
Fuld-WFM, p. 313+, "Jingle Bells"
ADDITIONAL: Henry Randall Waite, _College Songs: A Collection of New and Popular Songs of the American Colleges_, new and enlarged edition, Oliver Ditson & Co., 1887, p. 70, "Jingle, Bells" (1 text, 1 tune) (pp. 18-19 of part 3 of the 1876 edition)
cf. "The Pony Song" (approximate tune, theme, and some words)
cf. "Tittler's Jam" (tune)
NOTES: According to a big of folklore which I have not attempted to check, Pierpont wrote this while living in Florida. Hm.
Ken Emerson, Doo-Dah! Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture, Da Capo, 1997?, p. 10, says that the phrase "bells on bob-tail ring" was condensed from the "Bet my money on de bob-tail nag" of Stephen Foster's "Camptown Races."
Jon W. Finson, The Voices That Are Gone: Themes in Nineteenth-Century American Popular Song, Oxford University Press, 1994, p. 47, says that James Pierpont was the son of a Unitarian minister and the uncle of J. Pierpont Morgan. - RBW
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