“Never Take the Horseshoe from the Door”


Singer, an Irishman, admonishes listeners to always keep a horseshoe over the door, and lists misfortunes that befell him when he failed to do so, including his wife's "bringing in a horde of her relations."


The version in Beck is fragmentary; I suspect the original is a good deal longer. - PJS

For background on Harrigan and Braham, see the notes to "Babies on Our Block." - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "The Mule (Never Take the Hindshoe from a Mule)," which is a parody of this song


  1. Beck 85, "Never Take the Horseshoe from the Door" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8839
  3. BI, Be085


Author: Words: Edward Harrigan/Music: Dave Braham
Earliest date: 1880 (copyright)
Keywords: humorous family magic
Found in: US(MW)