Blue Yodel No. 8

Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues)

Words and music by Jimmie Rodgers, 1930.


Good morning captain
Good morning shine
Do you need another mule skinner
Out on your new mud line?

Yodel-ay-ee-he
Yodel-ay-ee-he-e-hee

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

Yodel-ay-ee-he
Yodel-ay-ee-he
A-lay-ee a-lay-ee odelayhee

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

Yodel-ay-he-ayoodela-hee
Yodel-eedel-odel-ayhee-deyoodela-hee
Yodel-ay-ee-he lay-ee-he
De-yodel-ayhee-hee-hee-a-hee

Workin’ on the good roads
Dollar and a half a day-ay
My good gal’s waitin’ on a saturday night
Just to draw my pay

I’m goin’ to town honey
What you want me to bring you back?
Bring a pint o’ booze
And a John B. Stetson hat

Bring it to me, honey!

Yodel-ay-ee-he
Yodel-eedel-odel-ayhee-deyoodela-he
Yodel-ay-ee-he deyodel-ay-ee-he
A-lay-ee-he-he-a-he

I smell your bread a-burnin’
Turn your damper down
If you ain’t got a damper
Good gal, turn your bread around!

Yodel-ay-he-deyodel-ay-hee
Deyodel-ay-he-he-ay-hee


Transcribed from Victor 23503, as sung by Jimmie Rodgers, recorded July 11, 1930.