SOTU 640: BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN

In 1916 you had Black Jack Pershing on the Mexican border, today you have Kamala Harris.

Panco Villa crossed the border in the year of ought sixteen
The people of Columbus still hear him riding through their dreams
He killed seventeen civilians you could hear the women scream
Blackjack Pershing on a dancing horse was waiting in the wings
Tonight we ride, tonight we ride
We'll skin ole Pancho Villa, make chaps out of his hide
Shoot his horse, Siete Leguas, and his twenty-seven bride
Tonight we ride, tonight we ride
We rode for three long years till Blackjack Pershing called it quits
When Jackie wasn't lookin' I stole his fine spade bit
It was tied upon his stallion, so I rode away on it
To the wild Chihuahuan desert, so dry you couldn't spit
Tonight we ride, you bastards dare
We'll kill the wild Apache for the bounty on his hair
Then we'll ride into Durango, climb up the whorehouse stairs
Tonight we ride, Tonight we ride
When I'm too damn old to sit a horse, I'll steal the warden's car
Break my ass out of this prison, leave my teeth there in a jar
You don't need no teeth for kissin' gals or smokin' cheap cigars
I'll sleep with one eye open, 'neath God's celestial stars
Tonight we rock, Tonight we roll
We'll rob the Juarez liquor store for the Reposado Gold
And if we drink ourselves to death, ain't that the cowboy way to go?
Tonight we ride, tonight we ride
Tonight we fly, we're headin' west
Toward the mountains and the ocean where the eagle makes his nest
If our bones bleach on the desert, we'll consider we are blessed
Tonight we ride, Tonight we ride
Tonight we ride, tonight we ride.
 
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Well… pony up then!
Cor Blimey me old cocker, you want 'im to divvy up five Lady Godiva for the privilege... where would you get that kind of dosh, this day and age, a pony ain't wot a pony used to be back in them there Raj days.
 
Cor Blimey me old cocker, you want 'im to divvy up five Lady Godiva for the privilege... where would you get that kind of dosh, this day and age, a pony ain't wot a pony used to be back in them there Raj days.
Oh, I SEE! I was making the connection between Lady Godiva and horses ... but, you are, of course, talking in cockney rhyming slang! Phew, that's a relief!
 
Officially credited as being written by Gene Autry, Fred Rose, and Johnny Marvin, but most likely Autry and Rose were on there only so they could make more money from it, and probably largely written by lyricist, composer, and ukulele hero Johnny Marvin. I couldn't find any sheet music for this one, so I just had to play it by ear. From 1938, used in a Gene Autry movie from 1951 of which I've forgotten the name.

 

The most widely recognised Cockney rhyming slang terms for money include ‘pony’ which is £25, a ‘ton’ is £100 and a ‘monkey’, which equals £500.

Also used regularly is a ‘score‘ which is £20, a ‘bullseye’ is £50, a ‘grand’ is £1,000 and a ‘deep sea diver’ or Lady Godiva which is £5 (a fiver).
 
The most widely recognised Cockney rhyming slang terms for money include ‘pony’ which is £25, a ‘ton’ is £100 and a ‘monkey’, which equals £500.

Also used regularly is a ‘score‘ which is £20, a ‘bullseye’ is £50, a ‘grand’ is £1,000 and a ‘deep sea diver’ or Lady Godiva which is £5 (a fiver).
I think it was the "Nicole Kidd" that gave me pause.
 
I think Ralf covered this tune way back in the seasons which is how I heard of it. My wife is a dyed in the wool equestrian so I trot this one out at parties with her horse friends. It always gets enthusiastic applause.

Pretty sure Guy Clark was the first to record it but who knows with these old country tunes?

 
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