“The Big Black Bull”

Alternate titles: “Houston”; “Sam Houston”; “The Old Black Bull”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1954 (recording, Pete Seeger)
Keywords: animal bawdy humorous
Found in: US(SW)

Description

The big black bull comes down the mountain, spies a heifer, jumps the fence, jumps the heifer, then returns to the mountain.

Notes

This is related to the sea chanty, "A Long Time Ago." - EC [Known in this index as "The Old Gray Mare (I) (The Old Gray Horse; The Little Black Bull)" etc. Paul Stamler considers "The Old Gray Mare" group to be the "cleaned up" version of the bawdy song, and also notes that in some of the bawdy versions the bull "missed his mark and (phhfft) in the meadow." - RBW]

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Recordings

References

  1. Cray, pp. 195-198, "The Big Black Bull" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7612
  3. BI, EM195