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