“The Old Blind Horse”


Old man's will leaves everything to Uncle Bill and an old blind horse. When the horse finally dies "we took his skin for to make some shoes" and give the rest to the crows who "crawed" as they flew by "old horse you had to die"


Creighton-Maritime first verse "If you'll join the chorus whilst I sing This very night I'll make this old shanty ring" would seem to put it in a logging camp. The chorus, "And its come, come along with me For the moon is fast a climbing, Young girls, young girls, can't you see? For the dew on the grass is shining" is reminiscent of "Raise a Ruckus." - BS

Cross references


  1. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 130-131, "The Old Blind Horse" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2703
  3. BI, CrMa130


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1950 (Creighton-Maritime)
Keywords: death horse bird
Found in: Canada(Mar)