“Alec Robertson (I)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1955
Keywords: death horse family mother racing grief
Found in: Australia

Description

Arthur Nolan rides his horse Sulphide in the Sydney Steeplechase. The horse stumbles; Nolan is thrown off and trampled to death. Various people grieve and regret what happened.

Notes

The fullest text of this song seems to be the one Meredith and Anderson call "Arthur Nolan." However, there are two other variants which refer to the jockey as Alec Robertson, so it seems appropriate to give the song that title.

The characteristic feature of this song, and the one that connects the Arthur Nolan and Alec Robertson texts, is the reference to the jockey's mother: "Poor lad, his mother was not there To bid him last goodbye, But his stable-mate stood near With sad tears in his eye." - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 65-66, "Arthur Nolan"; 150, "The Death of Alec Robertson" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 220-221, "The Death of Alec Robertson" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BI, MA065