Peter, Paul And Mary - Stewball Lyrics

Oh Stewball was a racehorse, and I wish he were mine.
He never drank water, he always drank wine.

His bridle was silver, his mane it was gold.
And the worth of his saddle has never been told.

Oh the fairgrounds were crowded, and Stewball was there
But the betting was heavy on the bay and the mare.

And a-way up yonder, ahead of them all,
Came a-prancin' and a-dancin' my noble Stewball.

I bet on the grey mare, I bet on the bay
If I'd have bet on ol' Stewball, I'd be a free man today.

Oh the hoot owl, she hollers, and the turtle dove moans.
I'm a poor boy in trouble, I'm a long way from home.

Oh Stewball was a racehorse, and I wish he were mine.
He never drank water,he always drank wine.

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  1. hauntboy

    I have this on an early 60s EP by P, P & M. Great record. When Lennon's Xmas song was released a decade later I immediately thought of this.

  2. Aaron zx

    What a disappointment. I thought Lennon wrote this melody.

  3. Clark Gable

    all the great songs by peter paul & mary are available on YT but one...their version of "winkin blinkin & nod" is one of
    the best but I cant find it at all...anyone know why ?

  4. Potatocow27

    Horses of oak valley ranch anyone?

  5. GereDJ2

    I first heard this song about 1965 at their show at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Long about 1974 they came over to my house in Hollywood to record a 30 second PSA regarding drug abuse awareness for a national radio campaign I was working on. They each recorded one and I must say, Mary Travers was one of the sweetest persons I had ever met, and I had met many people in music and recording. The radio spots went on to be played around the world and the album is now in the Library of Congress as well as other places.

  6. jennifur sun

    based on a very old tune, from England I believe

    Budder Kupp

    The horse's real name was actually Sku-ball and not Stewball. Sku-ball was named after his color which was called Skewbald..which means a tricoloured horse. Sku-ball was an 18th century British race horse. He was a fine racer in his day. But, when he was 11 years old..and not racing so well by then..he was entered in a race at a fair. Another horse Griselda-Molly was favored to win..and most laid their money on her. Sku-ball was considered a long shot and only 1 or 2 betters placed their money on him. Well, an upset occurred and Sku-ball won the race.which means that the one or 2 people who had their money on old Sku-ball became very rich that day. Oh yes..old Sku-ball was a racehorse..and I wish he were mine..........

    jennifur sun

    @Budder Kupp you are right thanks for the story. read it before

    Budder Kupp

    @jennifur sun Cool story! I love it!

  7. David Smith

    was ol' stewball a Russian Missile ? He used solid fuel and won the race

  8. Andy in NOVA

    "I'd be a free man today..."

  9. Michael

    And so this is stewball...


    And what has he done?

  10. Ron Parr

    Second song I learned to play with my cousin Wayne (RIP). I still play it to this day and love it more each time I play it. Peter , Paul and Mary were great

  11. clamzo1

    The "B" side of Puff the Magic Dragon.

    Keith Rogers

    Actually, no... the B-side of "Puff, The Magic Dragon" was "Pretty Mary" (1962). "Stewball" was an A-side (1963). It's B-side was "Cruel War".

  12. Don Howson

    Vinny ogley & travellers sung this brill r i p vinny ogley long gone na tho

  13. Claude Welch

    This is my go to song after tunning my guitar fresh from its case

  14. Martin Lintzgy

    Sounds kinda familiar.


    That's quite Happy Xmas (War is Over) :)

    Robert Davidson

    @Sooz Pink The chorus is just the same tune transposed though

  15. Juniemoon Hagan

    Thank you so very much for sharing :-)