POOR OLD HORSE

SONGS FROM THE BALCONY


Popularly known as a Sea Shanty, the land-variant, which Cecil Sharp found as a part of the hobby-horse drama in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire, is older by far. The horse-dancer goes the round of the community, often on May Day, alternately dying and being revived by his companions, symbolising the death of the old year, and the fertility of the earth.



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