“Skewball”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1784 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B25)
Keywords: horse racing promise
Found in: US(MW,NE,SE) Britain(England)

Description

(Skewball) and one or more other horses run a race; the crowd favors another animal. (Half way through the course), Skewball tells his rider he will win. He pushes on to victory (and drinks a toast with his rider)

Notes

This seems to have given rise to a work song fragment, "Old Skubald"; see Darling-NAS, p. 325. - RBW

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Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Laws Q22, "Skewball"
  2. BrownII 136, "Skew Ball" (2 fragments)
  3. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 68-70, "Stewball" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Scarborough-NegroFS, pp. 62-64, "The Noble Skewball" (1 partial text plus a British version in a footnote, 1 tune)
  5. Darling-NAS, pp. 151-152, "Stewball" (1 text)
  6. Fife-Cowboy/West 8, "Squeball" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  7. Silber-FSWB, p. 395, "Stewball" (1 text)
  8. DT 349, STWBLHOR STWBLHR2
  9. Roud #456
  10. BI, LQ22