The Little Horses

“The Little Horses” is the first song in Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs, Set 2. A recording of "The Little Horses" was collected by Alan Lomax in Houston in the 1930s.

Date: 1952Composer: Aaron CoplandText: TraditionalSong Collection: Old American Songs, Set 2

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“The Little Horses” is a lullaby from the South based on a version from a Lomax collection.

–Vivian Perlis, 1998, from Boosey & Hawkes Web site

Text

The Little Horses
Traditional

Hush you bye,
Don’t you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby.
When you wake,
You shall have,
All the pretty little horses.
Blacks and bays,
Dappls and grays,
Coach and six-a little horses.
Blacks and bays,
Dapples and grays,
Coach and six-a little horses.
Hush you bye,
Don’t you cry,
Go to sleepy little baby.
When you wake,
You’ll have sweet cake and
All the pretty little horses.
A brown and gray and a black and a bay and a
Coach and six-a little horses.
A black and a bay ad a brown and a gray and a
Coach and six-a little horses.
Hush you bye,
Don’t you cry,
Oh you pretty little baby.
Go to sleepy little baby.
Oh you pretty little baby.

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Old American Songs (Complete)

Composer(s): Aaron Copland

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