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Stewball Stewball was a good horse He wore a high head And the mane on his foretop Was fine as silk thread I rode him in England I rode him in Spain I never did lose, boys I always did gain So come all you gamblers Wherever you are And don't bet your money On that little grey mare Most likely she'll stumble Most likely she'll fall But you never will lose, boys On my noble Stewball As they were a-riding 'Bout halfway around That grey mare she stumbled And fell on the ground And away out yonder Ahead of them all Came a prancin' and a dancin' My noble Stewball Note: The facts are that sometime around 1790 a race took place on the curragh of Kildare (near Dublin) between a skewbald horse owned by Sir Arthur Marvel and "Miss Portly", a gray mare owned by Sir Ralph Gore. The race seemed to take the balladmakers' fancies, and must have been widely sung; an early printed version appeared in an American song book dated 1829. MJ DT #349 Laws Q22 sung by Joan Baez, by PP&M SOF
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