“The Big Black Bull”


The big black bull comes down the mountain, spies a heifer, jumps the fence, jumps the heifer, then returns to the mountain.


This is related to the sea chanty, "A Long Time Ago." - EC [Known in this index as "The Old Gray Mare (I) (The Old Gray Horse; The Little Black Bull)" etc. Paul Stamler considers "The Old Gray Mare" group to be the "cleaned up" version of the bawdy song, and also notes that in some of the bawdy versions the bull "missed his mark and (phhfft) in the meadow." - RBW]

Cross references


  • Pete Seeger, "The Little Black Bull" (on PeteSeeger09, PeteSeegerCD02)


  1. Cray, pp. 195-198, "The Big Black Bull" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7612
  3. BI, EM195


Alternate titles: “Houston”; “Sam Houston”; “The Old Black Bull”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1954 (recording, Pete Seeger)
Keywords: animal bawdy humorous
Found in: US(SW)