The Songs He Sang
Mule Skinner Blues: Lyrics
As performed by Cisco Houston (With Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger)
Jimmie Rodgers/George VaughanAppears on:
- 78 Folksay 432-1 A
- CD American Folksay: Ballads & Dances, Volumes 1, 2, 3, & 4
Good morning Captain Good morning son Good morning Captain Good morning son Do you need another mule skinner Out on your new road line Well I like to work I'm rolling all the time Yes I like to work I'm rolling all the time I can pop my initials On a mule's behind (Woody: Play that banjo!) Well it's hey little water boy Bring your water 'round And it's hey little water boy Bring your water 'round If you don't like your job Set that water bucket down I working on that new road At a dollar and a dime a day Working out on that new road At a dollar and a dime a day I got three women waiting on a Saturday night Just to draw my pay
A far shorter version than the lengthy ballad Cisco performs elsewhere. But who plays that banjo? The CD says Woody, Cisco and Leadbelly (whose voice is unheard.) Did he play banjo???