Horsey horsey

October 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Horsey horsey, don’t you stop
Just let your feet go clippety clop,
Your tail goes swish and your wheels go round,
Giddy-up we’re homeward bound.

A lovely song for the little ones sat on laps with a swishing tail and wheels going on around them.

And a turn up for the books, this song has identifiable authors! It was written in 1938 by Paddy Roberts, Elton Box, Desmond Cox and Ralph Butler and which was made popular for Jack Jackson, Billy Cotton and Henry Hall – more at Wikipedia. I found Gwendoline Ardley’s memory of this song in the BBC Archive, describing singing it on the coach as she was being evacuated to Yorkshire as a 7 year-old. It is a great example of how a commercial song has entered the aural tradition. There are in fact a whole lot more verses.

Horsey horsey on your way
We’ve got a journey of many a day
So let your tail go swish
and your wheels go round,
giddy up, we’re homeward bound.”
We ain’t in a hurry
We ain’t in a flurry
And we don’t go tearing down the road
We ain’t in a hustle
We ain’t in a bustle
And we ain’t got a very heavy load
so
I’m gonna take my horse and buggy
I’m gonna travel all around
I wanna hear those feet go clip clop
I wanna see those wheels go round
Horsey, horsey don’t you stop
Let your feet go clippety clop,
So let your tail go swish
and your wheels go round,
giddy up, we’re homeward bound.

Someone out there probably has a recording of the original, it’d be fun to hear it..

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