I Had a Little Pony (II)
DESCRIPTION: "I had a little (pony/mule), His name was Jack; I rid his tail To save his back." "The lightning roll, the thunder flash, And split my coat-tail clear to smash."
EARLIEST DATE: 1925 (Scarborough)
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 184, (no title) (1 fragment, with only the first four lines); p. 185 (no title) (1 fragment, adding the "lightning roll" verse; I have a feeling those two floated together)
cf. "I Had a Little Horse Whose Name Was Jack"
cf. "I Had a Little Pony (I)"
NOTES: This might be a variant on any of several things -- the Brown piece "I Had a Little Horse Whose Name Was Jack"; the English folk poem "I had a little pony, his name was Dapple Gray" (for which see Opie-Oxford2, #127, and Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #157, pp. 118-119 and notes there); perhaps others. But all such links are just possibilities. - RBW
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