Here’s Tennessee Stud, a folk song with a much briefer history than I’d thought. It’s not one of those traditional ones, rather it was written by Jimmy Driftwood in 1959. The song was a big hit for Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, Doc Watson and many others. I first heard it on a Jack Elliot record. Such a wondertful lyric. Maybank has this one down pretty good, too, I think.

A wonderful story about a horse is told. By the way, it’s a good thing Tennessee Stud didn’t race at Santa Anita.

Back about eighteen and twenty-five
I left Tennessee very much alive
I never would have made it through the Arkansas mud
If I hadn’t been riding on the Tennessee Stud
Had some trouble with my sweetheart’s pa
One of her brothers was a bad outlaw
I wrote a letter to my Uncle Fud
And I rode away on the Tennessee Stud
The Tennessee Stud was long and lean
The color of the sun and his eyes were green
He had the nerve and he had the blood
There never was a horse like the Tennessee Stud
Drifted on down into no man’s land
I crossed the river called the Rio Grande
I raced my horse with the Spaniards bold’Til I got me a skinful of silver and gold
Me and a gambler, we couldn’t agree
We got in a fight over Tennessee
We pulled our guns, he fell with a thud
And I rode away on the Tennessee Stud
The Tennessee Stud was long and lean
The color of the sun and his eyes were green
He had the nerve and he had the blood
There never was a horse like the Tennessee Stud
I rode right back across Arkansas
And I whipped her brother and I whipped her pa
I found that girl with the golden hair
And she was riding on a Tennessee mare
Pretty little baby on the cabin floor
A little horse colt playing ’round the door
I love the girl with the golden hair
And the Tennessee Stud loves the Tennessee Mare
The Tennessee Stud was long and lean
The color of the sun and his eyes were green
He had the nerve and he had the blood
There never was a horse like the Tennessee Stud