“The Spotted Cow”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1889 (Baring Gould)
Keywords: courting love sex farming animal lover worker
Found in: Britain(England(South,North))


Singer meets a milkmaid who has lost her spotted cow. He says he's seen the cow in yonder grove, and offers to show her. They spend the day there. Now whenever she sees him, she calls to him again: "I have lost my spotted cow"


Not to be confused with "The Old Spotted Cow," a version of "The Crafty Farmer." - PJS

Cross references



  1. Kennedy 142, "The Spotted Cow" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #956
  3. BI, K142