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Song of the Month for March 2020: The Pony Man

March 26, 2020 by

The song “The Pony Man,” by Gordon Lightfoot, was a childhood favorite that my dad sang to us at bedtime. He always added the names of my siblings and I in the third verse, including us in the adventures described in the song. As you listen to the repetition of the lilting melody and the fantastical storyline, you may find yourself lost in youthful memories of less troubling times. Lightfoot reaches a level of childlike imagination that can send anyone into a perfect dreamland. 

Hopefully you enjoy our simple version of this song, and maybe sing it to your children – or just for fun. After all, parents dream too.

 

 

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The Pony Man

When it's midnight on the meadow
And the cats are in the shed
And the river tells a story
At the window by my bed
If you listen very closely
Be as quiet as you can
In the yard you'll hear him
It is the pony man
We're always there to greet him
When he tumbles into town
He leads a string of ponies
Some are white and some are brown
And they never seem to kick or bite
They only want to play
And they live on candy apples
Instead of oats and hay
 
And when we're all assembled
He gives a soft command
And we climb aboard our ponies
As in a row the stand
Then down the road we gallop
And across the fields we fly
And soon we all go sailing off
Into the midnight sky
 
And as we gaily rock along
Beside a ripplin' sea
There's Tom 'n Dick 'n Sally
And Mary Joe and me
And the pony man is leading
Cause he's travelled here before
And he gives a whoop and a holler
At Mr. Moon's front door
 
And as we stop to rest a while
Where the soda river glides
Up to the slip comes a pirate ship
To take us for a ride
And the pony man's the captain
And the children are the crew
And we go in search of treasure
And laugh the whole night through
 
And when the hold is filled with gold
And the sails begin to strain
And the deck's piled high with apple pie
We head for port again
And down the whirling starcase
So swift our ponies fly
And we're safely in our beds again
When the sunbeams kiss the sky
 
When it's midnight on the meadow
And the cats are in the shed
And the river tells a story
At the window by my bed
If you listen very closely
Be as quiet as you can
In the yard you'll hear him
It is the pony man

 


Listen to more Songs of the Month here.

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