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Show 57 - Ponies and Heifers

Show 57 - Ponies and Heifers

Your browser does not support the audio tag. These songs are all from men singing about women, specifically young women. And more specifically songs where those young women show up in metaphors about horses and cows. There’s no better place to start than with Charley Patton who recorded several songs with this type of comparison. Here’s the earliest, from 1929, Pony Blues:Hitch up my pony, saddle up my black mareHitch up my pony, saddle up my black mareI'm gonna find a rider, baby, in the world somewhere Hello central, what’s the matter with your line?Hello central, matter, Lord, with your line?Come a storm last night and tore the wire down Got a brand new Shetland, man, already trainedBrand new Shetland, baby, already trainedJust get in the saddle, tighten up on your reins Ain’t a brownskin woman like something fit to eat?Brownskin woman like something fit to eatBut a jet black woman, don't put your hands on me Took my baby to meet the morning trainTook baby to meet that morning