Muleskinner Blues

Lyrics: Jimmie Rodgers, George Vaughn
Music: Jimmie Rodgers, George Vaughn

Played by Jerry with Old And In The Way, and in pre-Dead days with the Wildwood Boys in 1973. Also played by Bob Weir with Kingfish and Ratdog.

The Old And In The Way version is:

Good morning captain
Good morning shine
Do you need another muleskinner
Out on your new mud line
[yodel]

I'm an old muleskinner
Up from California way
I can make any mule listen
And I won't accept your pay
[yodel]

Hey, litle water boy
Won't won't you bring your water round
If you don't like your job
You can put your water bucket down
[yodel]
The Kingfish version is:
Well it's good morning captain
Good morning to you son, hey hey yeah
Do you need another muleskinner
Out on your new border run, hey hey yeah
[yodel]

Well I'm an old muleskinner
Way down Kentucky way, hey hey
And I can make any mule listen
For I won't accept your pay, hey hey yeah
[yodel]

Well I been working down in Georgia
Busting rock and pitching hay, hey hey yeah
Just to let a no-good woman
Draw every cent of my pay, hey hey yeah
[yodel]

Well it's good morning captain
Good morning to you son, hey hey yeah
Do you need another muleskinner
Out on your new border run, hey hey yeah
[yodel]
The original Jimmy Rodger's version had several more verses
Well it's good morning captain
Good morning shine
Do you need another muleskinner
Out on your new mud line

I like to work
I'm rolling all the time
I can pop my initials
On a mule's behind

Hey little water boy
Bring that water round
If you don't like your job
Set that water bucket down

Workin' on the good road
Dollar and a half a day
My good girl's waiting on a Saturday night
Just to draw my pay

I'm going to town, honey
What you want me to bring you back?
Bring a pint of booze
And a John B Stetson hat

I smell your bread a-burning
Turn your damper down
If you ain't got a damper, good gal
Turn your bread around
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
      1 Oct 1973 Breakdown Old And In The Way
 
Bob Weir Recordings
      3 Apr 1976 In Concert (King Biscuit Flower Hour) Kingfish
      ? 1977 Live 'N' Kickin' Kingfish

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Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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