Monday, July 13, 2015

Muleskinner Blues

Muleskinner likes work.
He finally finds some, then spends
Payday cash on girls.

Bob Dylan performed this old Jimmie Rodgers song in 1962 at the Finjan Club in Montreal. Its only authorized release that I'm aware of is on the ultra-rare "50th Anniversary Collection" album that extends the copyright on a bunch of material that Dylan recorded in 1962. It's a yodel about a mule skinner, as you might expect. I can't find the Dylan recording online so I'll share Dolly Parton's version. A muleskinner is a mule driver.

Good morning captain,
Good morning son.
Good morning captain,
Good morning son.
You don't need another mule skinner
Out on your new road line.

Yodle-aa-heeee!
Yodle-aa-heeee!
Yodle-aa-heeee!

I can't do that one.

Well I like to work,
I'm rolling all the time.
Well I like to work,
I'm rolling all the time.
I can pop my initials
Right on the mules behind.

Well it's hey little waterboy,
Bring your water round.
Well it's hey little waterboy,
Bring your water round.
If you don't like your job,
Set that waterbucket down.

I'm a-working on the new road
At a dollar and a dime a day.
I'm a-working on the new road
At a dollar and a dime a day.
I got three women waiting on a saturday night
just to draw my pay



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