Trooper Watering His Nag, The

DESCRIPTION: Euphemistically, a man and a woman describe their sexual organs as a horse (pony) and a fountain. The horse drinks at the fountain, "An' I reckon you know what I mean."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1992 (Legman); the concept is found in 1707 (_Pills to Purge Melancholy_, v.iii p. 55, according to Farmer)
KEYWORDS: sex bawdy
FOUND IN: Canada Britain(England) US(MA,So)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 44-52, "The Trooper Watering His Nag" (9 texts, 2 tunes)
Gilbert, p. 71, "You Know Very Well What I Mean" (1 partial text)
ADDITIONAL: Thomas d'Urfey, Wit and Mirth, or, Pills to Purge Melancholy (New York: Folklore Library Publishers, 1959 (facsimile reproduction of 1876 reprint of the 1719-1720 edition ("Digitized by Internet Archive"))), Vol V, pp. 13-14, "The Trooper Watering His Nagg" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #1613
cf. "The Shoemaker's Kiss" (chorus lyrics)
cf. "Ye Ken Pretty Well What I Mean, O" (lyrics, style)
I Reckon You Know What I Mean
NOTES: I'm tempted to lump this with "Ye Ken Pretty Well What I Mean, O" -- the lyric and sly tone are obviously quite close. But Roud and Ben Schwartz both leave them separate, so I am very tentatively doing the same. But almost all authorities seem to confuse them somehat; you had better see both songs. - RBW
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File: RL044

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