I Ride an Old Paint


(American folk song)

I ride an old Paint, I lead an old Dan,
I’m off to Montan’ to throw the hooligan.
They feed in the coulees, they water in the draw.
Their tails are all matted, their backs are all raw.
Ride around, little dogies, ride around them slow
For the fiery and snuffy are rarin’ to go.

Lyric Notes

  • “old Paint” = American Paint is a type of horse. (source)
  • “old Dan” = jargon for pack animal (Other versions say “old dam,” which means a mare.) (source)
  • “coulees” = ravine (source: Oxford dictionary)
  • “dogies” = motherless calves in a cattle herd (source)


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  • MIDI file
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