“The Pony Song”


"Let the pony go fast as e'er it will ... What a merry ride ... snugly side by side and joining in a song. Jinkle bells, jinkle bells, jinkle all the way, Oh the funny ride we had down by Enniskea."


Morton-Maguire: "Here John remembers just a snatch of a song from his school days. The words and the tune obviously belong to 'Jingle Bells', but both have been adapted -- the last line ["down by Enniskea"] makes it 'belong' to that area [specifically, County Louth]." The words are sort of like "Jingle Bells" -- except the practically identical line "Jinkle bells, jinkle bells, jinkle all the way." Otherwise it shares no lines with the John Pierpont text of "Jingle Bells" on Digital Tradition. - BS

Cross references

  • cf. "Jingle Bells" (approximate tune, theme, and some words)


  1. Morton-Maguire 7, pp. 16,102,157, "The Pony Song" (1 fragment, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #2933
  3. BI, MoMa007


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1973 (Morton-Maguire)
Keywords: nonballad horse music
Found in: Ireland