Horsey Horsey

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Horsey, horsey is a comedy song written in 1937 by Paddy Roberts, Elton Box, Desmond Cox and Ralph Butler and which was made popular for Jack Jackson, Billy Cotton and Henry Hall.[1]

Original lyrics:

[Verse 1]

Farmer Grey's got a one-horse shay
He takes to town on market day
Coming home when the lights are low
He sings this song as away they go

[Chorus]

Horsey, horsey don't you stop
Just let your feet go clipity clop,
Your tail goes swish and your wheels go round,
Giddy up, we're homeward bound.
Horsey horsey on your way
We’ve got a journey of many a day
Your tail go swish and your wheels go round,
Giddy up, we're homeward bound.
We ain’t in a hustle
We ain’t in a bustle
Don’t go tearing up the road
We ain’t in a hurry
We ain’t in a flurry
And we ain’t got a very heavy load
so
Horsey horsey on your way
We’ve got a journey of many a day
Your tail go swish and your wheels go round,
Giddy up, we're homeward bound.

[Verse 2]

Going home, when they get half way
They call a halt at the "Load of Hay"
He has just one, then he has one more
And you'll hear him singing after three or four.

[Chorus]

Horsey, horsey don't you stop
Just let your feet go clipity clop,
Your tail goes swish and your wheels go round,
Giddy up, we're homeward bound.
Horsey horsey on your way
We’ve got a journey of many a day
Your tail go swish and your wheels go round,
Giddy up, we're homeward bound."
We ain’t in a hustle
We ain’t in a bustle
Don’t go tearing up the road
We ain’t in a hurry
We ain’t in a flurry
And we ain’t got a very heavy load
so
Horsey horsey on your way
We’ve got a journey of many a day

Your tail go swish and your wheels go round,

Giddy up, we're homeward bound.
You don't need the whip now goodness knows
You don't need the reins so I'll take a little doze
Horsey horsey on your way
We’ve got a journey of many a day

Your tail go swish and your wheels go round,

Giddy up, we're homeward bound.

The chorus is mostly sung as a round and the verses not sung. The chorus of the song was sung by Ruth Madoc (as Gladys Pugh) in an episode of the BBC TV situation comedy, Hi-de-Hi! ('The Pay Off', 1982), set in a holiday camp in the late 1950s.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ NME artists, http://www.nme.com/artists/paddy-roberts, retrieved 17/04/09.

Original sheet music: "Horsey! Horsey!" Published by The Sun Music Co. Ltd. London WC2 and printed in London England by The Compton Printing Works (London) Ltd.