Living in Lexington, Kentucky, my husband and I see horses all the time. We were driving down New Circle Road the other day, not paying attention to anything, when a truck with a horse trailer pulled up next to us. The horse neighed at the top of its lungs and startled us both.
My husband, being a bit of a comedian, started singing the Mr. Ed Song. That led to all sorts of trivia questions about the old show. It also got me thinking about famous songs about horses. The “Mr. Ed Theme Song” is on the list, of course, of course, but it’s not exactly a personal favorite.
Just for fun–and because I’m still up to my chin in revisions due May 30th–here are some of my favorite songs about horses:
No. 1 on my list is Strawberry Roan by Marty Robbins. You’ve got to love a horse that can “turn on a nickel and give you some change.” The song is about a horse no one can ride. Right away, I’m thinking about putting that horse in a book and pitting him against a hero with a lot of patience and a lot of love.
No. 2. is Silver Stallion by the Highwaymen. You probably know this group is made up of Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Talk about the Mount Rushmore of country music! This song is full of romance and adventure. When I need inspiration, I play it.
No. 3 always makes me laugh. It’s Beer for My Horses by Toby Keith and Willie Nelson. There’s something wonderfully outlandish about the whole picture. I’m not the only person who likes this song. In 2003 it spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts.
No. 4 on the list is a Golden Oldie from 1948. Ghost Riders in the Sky is a folk tale about a cowboy who envisions red-eyed, steel hoofed cattle being chased across the sky by doomed cowboys. He takes it as a warning to change his ways. I love the drama in this song. It’s been recorded many times, but the version I remember is by Frankie Laine. Bing Crosby sang it, too. I can’t quite imagine that! I’ve also heard the Johnny Cash version. Very cool!
No. 5 on my list is a song that sometimes I like, and sometimes I don’t. I’m not generally a Rolling Stones fan, but their Wild Horses is classic. Susan Boyle just remade it. She put a whole new spin on it.
That’s my list. I know there are others . . . Garth Brooks has some horse songs. The group “America” did A Horse with No Name. That song always bothered me. I wanted to name the horse, of course, of course! Anything but Mr. Ed! That’s my list. Does anyone have titles to add?