“Bill Hopkin's Colt”


"'Twas over in Cambridge county In a barroom filled with smoke Where all the neighbors... Talk horse and crack a joke." Hopkins tells how his father planned to shoot an ugly colt, but Bill urged him to spare it -- and it has become a champion racer

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Bill Hopkin's Colt
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From Helen Hartness Flanders & George Brown, Vermont Folk-Songs
& Ballads, pp. 39-42. Primarily from Herbert Day of West Canaan,
New Hampshire.

'Twas over in Cambridge county
In a barroom filled with smoke,
Where the nabobs gather in at night,
Talk horse and crack a joke.

'Twas on a blustery winter's night
With tongues all ready greased,
And smoke rolled from his old clay pipe
When Bill Hopkins spoke his piece.

(21 additional stanzas)


As "Bill Hopkins's Colt," this is item dH36 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Flanders/Brown, pp. 39-42, "Bill Hopkin's Colt" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST FlBr039 (Partial)
  3. Roud #4156
  4. BI, FlBr039


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1930 (Flanders/Brown)
Keywords: horse racing father
Found in: US(NE)