Mule Skinner Blues
Dolly Parton performs "Mule Skinner Blues" Live Video.
"Mule Skinner Blues" (a.k.a. "Blue Yodel #8", "Muleskinner Blues", and "Muleskinner's Blues") is a classic country song written by Jimmie Rodgers and George Vaughan. The song was first recorded by Rodgers in 1930 and has been recorded by many artists since then, acquiring the de facto title "Mule Skinner Blues" after Rodgers named it "Blue Yodel #8" (one of his Blue Yodels).
"George Vaughn", a pseudonym for George Vaughn Horton, is sometimes listed as co-author. Horton wrote the lyrics for "New Mule Skinner Blues", Bill Monroe's second recorded version of the song.
Dolly Parton - The Best Of Dolly Parton (1970) This 1970 recording of the song reached #3 on the U.S. country charts, and earned Parton a Grammy nomination. (Parton and Bill Monroe would later perform the song together on the 1978 CBS television special Fifty Years of Country Music.)
Dolly Parton - Mule Skinner Blues Lyrics
Well, good morning, Captain
Good morning to you, Sir
Hey hey, yeah
Do you need another mule skinner
Down on your new mud run?
Hey hey, yeah
Well I'm a lady mule skinner
From down old Tennessee way
Hey hey, I come from Tennessee
I can make any mule listen
Or I won't accept your pay
Hey hey, I won't take your pay
Well, hey hey, little water boy
Won't you bring your water 'round?
If you don't like your job
Well, you can throw your bucket down
Throw it down boy, throw it down
Well, I've been working down in Georgia
At a greasy spoon cafe
Hey, 've been working in Georgia
Just to let a no good man
Call every cent of my pay
Hey hey and I'm sick of it
And wanna be a mule skinner
Mule skinner blues