The Old Gray Mare

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I’ve blogged about someone within the past 24 hours who has the nickname “The Old Gray Mare” among some in Maryland Republican Party circles. The nickname is based on this song:

Wikipedia says:

The Old Gray Mare is an old folk song, more recently regarded as a children’s song. Although nominally about horses, it can also be interpreted as referring to women who are well past their prime [...]

Many thought the song was originally written by Stephen Foster about a trotting horse named Lady Suffolk. However, the evidence supports the fact that it was written later by Baltimore campaign operative Thomas Francis McNulty to assist the re-election campaign of Baltimore Mayor Ferdinand Latrobe. Latrobe was the grandson of Benjamin Latrobe, who designed the U.S. Capitol and the Baltimore Basilica.

The lyrics and another version are below:

Oh, the old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,
Ain’t what she used to be, ain’t what she used to be.
The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,
Many long years ago.
Many long years ago, many long years ago.
The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,
Many long years ago.
The old gray mare, she kicked on the whiffletree,
Kicked on the whiffletree, kicked on the whiffletree
The old gray mare, she kicked on the whiffletree
Many long years ago.
Many long years ago, many long years ago,
The old gray mare, she kicked on the whiffletree
Many long years ago.

Jeff Quinton

Jeff Quinton is a native South Carolinian who moved to the Baltimore area in 2006. He has been aggregating and blogging since 1998. His work experience includes radio news reporting, web design for government agencies at the state and federal level, and working in social media and communications for a DC public policy organization. Quinton is a military veteran of the Army National Guard (where he served as an intelligence analyst)a nd an Eagle Scout.