“I Had a Little Pony (II)”


"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."

Same tune

  • 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 Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #157, pp. 118-119 and notes there); perhaps others. But all such links are just possibilities. - RBW

Cross references


  1. 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)
  2. Roud #16341
  3. BI, ScNF184B


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Scarborough)
Keywords: animal
Found in: US