Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.
In this edition of Equestrian Quotes That Will Make Your Heart Sing, I’m pleased to bring you a quote that will tie together my last two stories: A Tribute To Men Of Music And Horses and The Horse Circus: Royal Ascot.
One of the more recent traditions at Royal Ascot is ‘singing round the bandstand.’ Since the 1970s, a day at Royal Ascot is wrapped up with Union Jack waving and the singing of British standards like “Molly Malone,” “Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner” and “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.” Songbooks and flags are handed round so everyone can participate.
This delightful mixture of horseracing and music got me thinking about a poem by W. B. Yeats that does the same. In “At Galway Races,” Yeats lyrically recounts at day at the track, concluding that we will all sing on if only we make horsemen our companions. Sounds like a plan to me!
Enjoy this musical verse from W. B. Yeats.