"If I Had A Boat" as written by and Lyle Pearce Lovett....
And if I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
I said me upon my pony on my boat

If I were Roy Rogers
I'd sure enough be single
I couldn't bring myself to marrying old Dale
It'd just be me and Trigger
We'd go ridin' through them movies
Then we'd buy a boat and on the sea we'd sail

And if I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
I said me upon my pony on my boat

Now the mystery masked man was smart
He got himself a Tonto
'Cause Tonto did the dirty work for free
But Tonto he was smarter
And one day said kemo sabe
Kiss my ass I bought a boat
I'm going out to sea

And if I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat

And if I were like lightning
I wouldn't need no sneakers
Well I'd come and go whenever I would please
And I'd scare 'em by the shade tree
And I'd scare 'em by the light pole
But I would not scare my pony on my boat out on the sea

And if I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
I said me upon my pony on my boat, I said me upon my pony on my boat


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"If I Had a Boat" as written by Lyle Pearce Lovett

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    General Commentyou have to be 5 to truely see the beauty in this song. I sing it to my son almost everynight before bed. I think LL wrote it from the perspective of a grown up looking back and remeber what he as a child wanted to be.

    Growing up in Texas, LL undoubtedly wanted to have a pony and be a cowboy hero.

    It's nostalgic like most of his songs. He's a great song writer and excellent to see live even if you don't like texas-inspired music.
    Mark Vanon September 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI always saw this song having contradictory desires and being fine with it.
    Typesbadon June 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is what I think I'm gonna do soon, pack up and leave...not really knowing where i'm going til i get there...lovely song
    sevenfooter50on February 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my dad's favorite song, not mine, but it's a good song.(I heard this song in concert)
    Philadelphia Eagleson June 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is totally great. It gives me this image of a man standing on the bow of a ship at sunset, looking out towards the vast sea; a true traveler. Also, the pony is a cool metaphor in a lot of ways. I think the pony is like the silent comrade, always by your side, no matter what. You never need to tell the pony what to do, but you trust that he's always there to do it. It also helps the sense of silence. On the boat, Lyle may be lonely, but he his not alone.
    danielson July 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has been ripped off by everyone from Pat Green to The Cowboy Junkies.
    fareasttroubadouron September 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNonsense. Pure, utter, unadulterated nonsense. And beautiful nonsense at that.
    mark36on July 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentok, Mark Van, so you tell your son to "kiss your ass" every night before bed? hmmmmm.

    This song makes me laugh, heard it on XM the other day.
    n3j1y1on March 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have always wondered about how this song is similar to Townes Van Zandt's song "Buckskin Stallion Blues". Both have horses riding on boats. They were recorded about a year apart. Seems kinda interesting.
    bajenfanon December 01, 2015   Link

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