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The Pony Express
Song For Teaching American History - Lyrics and Sound Clip
Kathleen Wiley


This song is available on Kathleen Wiley's The American Dream


Lyrics:

Well, the Pony Express
It was the fastest way to send a letter
Back in 1860-61
You’d give your letter to a rider
And you’d know deep down inside you
He’d deliver it like lightning from a gun...

The trail would start out in Missouri
They were always in a hurry
They would race up to a lonely trading post
Trade in their tired horse for a new one
Then continue to pursue on
All so fast you’d think that you had seen a ghost....

For the Pony Express
They got the fastest riders in the West
And if you and I had both lived back then...
We might have chosen to be riders
Pulled the best out from inside us
With the mail beside us we’d ride like the wind....
Through driving rain and dust storm
And whether cold or warm
They were committed to see that the mail got through....
Because they’d never know
What they were carrying and so
They were determined to see that their horses flew....

Well, the Pony Express
Of course the best in the West
Had 80 riders mostly 18-year-old-boys...
They charged $3.00 for a letter
And thought nothing could be better
But the near horizon showed another a choice

But now, on to California
Many people often warned them
Of the dangers that perhaps might lie in wait...
But nothing ever would deter them
They were always so determined
That the mail must still go through in any case..

For the Pony Express
They got the fastest riders in the West
And if you and I had both lived back then...
We might have chosen to be riders
Pulled the best out from inside us
With the mail beside us we’d ride like the wind....
Through driving rain and dust storm
And whether cold or warm
They were committed to see that the mail got through....
Because they’d never know
What they were carrying and so
They were determined to see that their horses flew....

But then the telegraph arrived
And the labors of the riders
Riding at their peak just never could compete
So after 18 months it folded
But the riders would have told you
That their labors proved a quite astounding feat...

For 35,000
letters of sorrow and fun
Were then delivered by 400 horses spent
Today it’s cell phones, email...
And though comparisons fail
The pony express rider knew what glory meant....
And only he knows where that pride and glory went!!!

For the Pony Express
They got the fastest riders in the West
And if you and I had both lived back then...
We might have chosen to be riders
Pulled the best out from inside us
With the mail beside us we’d ride like the wind....
Through driving rain and dust storm
And whether cold or warm
They were committed to see that the mail got through....
Because they’d never know
What they were carrying and so
They were determined to see that their horses flew....

Because they’d never know
What they were carrying and so
They were determined to see that their horses flew....
Because they’d never know
What they were carrying and so
They were determined to see that their horses flew....

 

 

 

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Many thanks to Kathleen Wiley for permission to publish these lyrics.
© Funtime Learning, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 


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