'Give a Man a Horse He Can Ride'
'Give a Man a Horse He Can Ride'. Concert ballad which was a staple in the North American baritone repertoire from the 1920s to the 1950s. Its music, to verses by James Thomson, was written by Geoffrey O'Hara during a visit to Kingston, Ont, and was dedicated to J. Arthur Craig of that city. The song was published in 1917 by Huntzinger & Dilworth, New York. Usually a solo but also arranged for male quartet or chorus, it was performed first in the USA - Lambert Murphy was the singer - and by 1931 it had been recorded by John Barclay, Royal Dadmun, Arthur Middleton, and the tenor Albert Downing. (See Roll Back the Years for details.)