“I Ride an Old Paint”


"I ride an old paint, I lead an old Dan/dam... Ride around, little dogies, ride around 'em slow...." Verses on various topics: The cowboy's travels, the strayed children of Old Bill Jones, the cowboy's hopes for his funeral

Cross references


  • Almanac Singers, "I Ride an Old Paint" (General 5020B, 1941; on Almanac01, Almanac03, AlmanacCD1)
  • Harry Jackson, "I Ride an Old Paint" (on HJackson1)
  • Tex Ritter, "A-Ridin' Old Paint" (Conqueror 8144, 1933; on BackSaddle)
  • Pete Seeger, "I Ride an Old Paint" (on PeteSeeger17)


  1. Larkin, pp. 33-35, "I Ride an Old Paint" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Lomax-FSUSA 63(B), "Old Paint" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Sandburg, pp. 12-13, "I Ride an Old Paint" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Scott-BoA, pp. 260-261, "I Ride an Old Paint" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Botkin-AmFolklr, pp. 857-858, "I Ride an Old Paint" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. PSeeger-AFB, p. 25, "I Ride An Old Paint" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Silber-FSWB, p. 106, "I Ride An Old Paint" (1 text)
  9. Roud #915
  10. BI, LxU063B


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (Sandburg)
Found in: US(SW)