This blog got a lot of attention a few years ago! Enjoy.
This is such a fun, strange song. I used to play it a lot when I was a kid. I couldn’t figure out a lot of the lyrics so I think I just made them up phonetically. There are words, but also lots of yodeling and some impressions of farm animals. I really had no idea what “Mule Skinner Blues” was about, but I loved it just the same.
Doing a little research on it as I prepared to write this blog I discovered that “Mule Skinner Blues” has been recorded many times, originally by country singer Jimmie Rodgers (who wrote it) in 1930. His version tells the tale of a mule skinner looking for work, bragging to the captain about his skills.
Good mornin’, Captain
Good mornin’, son
Do you need another mule skinner
On your new mud line?…
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