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Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule

wysiwyg 21 Feb 00 - 03:12 PM
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Subject: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Feb 00 - 03:12 PM

This is one of the great ones you make up as you sing it.

FLOP-EARED MULE Flop-eared mule, flop-eared mule, flop-eared flop-eared flop-eared mule.
Flop-eared mule, flop-eared mule, flop-eared flop-eared mule.

Mule! Mule! Mule! Mule!
Flop-eared flop-eared flop-eared mule.

Mule! Mule! Mule! Mule!
Flop-eared flop-eared mule.

Ants and bugs, ants and bugs, ants and ants and ants and bugs,
Ants and bugs, ants and bugs, ants and ants and bugs.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Ants and ants and ants and bugs.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Ants and ants and bugs.

Amaze your friends and leave your mark for posterity, here at the Mudcat Cafe.

In case you didn't notice, follow the alphabet: Bottoms up, bottoms up... have fun with it.

I'll "sing" your collective contributions at our next gig as a "Pass the hat to feed the 'Cat."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Amos
Date: 21 Feb 00 - 03:20 PM

Catters, catters, mad as hatters, catters catters catters catters

Dweebs, dweebs, dweebs, dweebs, geeky freaky leaky dweebs


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Feb 00 - 03:27 PM

Isn't this the day to post at least five verses? Lost count.

Don't think about this at bedtime, now, or you'll be sorry!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: MMario
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 03:27 PM

eels, eels, eels,eels, eels in creels and creels with eels
eels in creels, creels with eels, eels and creels and eels with squeels

frogs, frogs,frogs, frogs,frogs on logs in soggy bogs
Soggy bogs with frogs on logs, frogs on logs in soggy bogs

goats, coats, coats, goats: goats with coats can't swim in moats
goats in moats; goats in coats, goats in coats in moats will bloat!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 03:39 PM

Ouch!! I have to SING that?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: MMario
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 03:57 PM

just following along the lines of the posted verses up above. *snicker*

feel free not to use....or you could do a Dr. Suess style recitation.....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: sophocleese
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 04:19 PM

horses and horses and horses and horses of course

four horses, norse horses, more horses and your horses

Did I spell horses, I can't tell anymore.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: sophocleese
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 04:21 PM

That should be 'Did I spell horses right', geez losing my horse sense here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: GUEST,Marymac90
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 04:53 PM

Hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs! Hugs make you snug like a bug in a rug!

Hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs! Hug snug like a bug in a rug!

Icky, picky, putrid, sticky! Uuggghh! I won't eat that!

Icky, picky, putrid, sticky! Gross! No way! PU!

Jack be nimble, not too quick! Nice and slow will do the trick!

Jack be nimble, not too quick! Slow hands're better than a real fast stick!

Kate played upon the harp, Kate was a dancer.

Kate played upon the harp and was a fine romancer!

Kelly played the fiddle, Kelly was a dancer.

Kelly played upon Kate's heart, and was a necromancer!

Kate and Kelly went to church, for to have the banns read.

Kate, she could hardly wait, for to be in th' man's bed!

Kate and Kelly went to church, for to have the wedding.

After't, Kate came up the aisle, her gown she was a- shedding!

Kate and Kelly went to bed, till early the next mornin'

Kelly, he then wanted sleep, but Kate said "Put s'more in!"

Let this be a warnin', to all ye necromancers:

Ye might get more than you bargained for, if she be a dancer!

If this last one doesn't work to Flop-Eared Mule, perhaps somebody could suggest another tune for it.

Mary McCaffrey


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Amos
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 04:58 PM

Ah, lovely, sweet Mary Mcaffrey,
Ye're makin' me giggle'n laffrey!
No Mary more Merry
From Glasgow to Derry,
Nor nowhere, not even by halffrey!

A


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Pete Peterson
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 06:17 PM

Ought we not give credit (and, as Tom Lehrer would remind us, the blame) to the Holy Modal Rounders who were singing the first words posted above back in 1964 when I first heard them, aand again less than two months ago at Godfey Daniels' in Bethlehem PA. Did those words exist before the minds of Stampfel and Weber pulled them out of . . . where? PETE


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Pinetop Slim
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 06:36 PM

Break for a story: When Uncle Shade was ready to plow the charlie field with the family mule, known as Fartin' Betsy, a warning would go 'round that the women and children should find better places to be that day. It seems that Shade drove that mule with curses (that's right, children, in the days before phone sex men would go out and talk dirty to the mules). On this particular day, the mule was unusually cooperative and Shade was making good time. Suddenly, the plow blade snagged a rock and Shade pitched forward...at the precise instant that the mule lived up to its nickname.
I wasn't there, but I believe the story to be true. Maybe Cletus can vouch for it.
As for Flop-Eared Mule, a happy tune with or without words.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Stewie
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 06:38 PM

Recently, the Document label reissued on CD one of the earliest and best recordings of 'Flop-eared Mule'- a 1929 recording with Melvin Robinette on fiddle and Byrd Moore on guitar. It has a few comic exchanges in the style of 'Arkansas Traveller', but it is Robinette's glorious fiddling that stands out. Seven of Robinette and Moore's eight recordings in 1929 are included on volume 2 of Document's complete recordings of Grayson and Whitter - DOCD 8055.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 08:09 PM

Aye, ladies and gents, it's a fine tradition we're carryin' on here!

We're carryin' on here!

Most of you have missed the proper pattern, butI may try to sing 'em anyway. More study is needed by some of you, and as you can see it is a worthy pursuit.

Mary, that's a different song, where are the verses for the rest of the alphabet?

I understand there is a variation called Baggy Ass, do any of you know that one?

Ho! The Mudcat Merrymakers! Rally on!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: GUEST,Marymac90
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 10:58 PM

Thanks for the poetic compliment, Amos. I appreciate that, especially coming from a songwriter such as yourself! I'll have to look you up when I'm in So. CA this spring to see family. I don't know if this is in the proposed format, but I'm having fun writing.

Little Lettie liked Lyle; little Lettie loved him.
Little Lettie liked Lyle, and put no one above him.

Lyle liked little Lettie, too, as much as any other;
But no woman did Lyle love, other than his mother.

Little Lettie said to Lyle "When can we be married?
And start our own family-oh, let us no more tarry!"

Lyle to little Lettie said "Dear, I cannot answer.
For while my dear old mother lives, I dare not look askance, Dear!"

Lettie said to Lyle "Why, be you man or mouse, sir?
If you won't wed while your mother lives, I'll never have my house, sir!"

Lyle to little Lettie said "Please be patient, Dearie.
If I but mention a lass to Mum, she becomes quite teary!"

Little Lettie said to Lyle "I fear I need some aid, Sir.
If I must wait for Mumsy's death, I'll be quite an old maid, Sir!

Your mum has twisted you, kind sir, around her little finger.
And if I wait for you, my dear, I'll never get my ring, sir!"

Little Lettie left her Lyle, and went quite far away, Sir.
She got a job and bought a home, and lives there till this day, sir.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Troll
Date: 22 Feb 00 - 11:34 PM

Amos is famous for writin' and rhymin'

His peers number only a few.

He writes 'em so slickly and ever so quickly

He always had something thats new.

The 'Catters all love him and put none above him,

He's talented,facile, and witty.

We wish we could rhyme like he does all the time,

But most of us can't. Mores the pity.

troll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Feb 00 - 01:40 AM

some threads creep, others creak


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: MMario
Date: 23 Feb 00 - 08:37 AM

This one seems to be going for a full headlong GALLOP!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Feb 00 - 11:09 AM

Well, a mule don't always keep goin', nor go straight. Ye never know where they may drag ye.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: MMario
Date: 23 Feb 00 - 11:18 AM

mice, mouse, mice, meese, mouse and house and house with mouse
mouse, house, house and mouse, mouse and house and mouse

oh, oh, oh, oh,octo-puss and octo-possum octo-possum octo-blossem, octopuss and octo-possum

*my brain hurts*


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Feb 00 - 09:59 PM

ee-fresh!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Feb 01 - 07:25 PM

I just heard an instrumental version of this by Mike Seeger on Hober Radio. Isn't it the same tune as they used for Duleing Banjos in Deliverance? Sounded the same to me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Mar 01 - 12:14 AM

Not the one I learned from a Jenny Armstrong tape.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Mar 01 - 12:48 AM

MMario missed N.

I was a new member back then and didn't know any better-- I should have made this MUCH tougher.

Alphabetical AND based on current threads. Read the pattern carefully now:

Nickel strings, nickel strings, nickel-nickel-nickel strings.
Nickel strings, nickel strings, nickel-nickel strings.
Strings! Strings! Strings! Strings! Nickel-nickel-nickel strings!
Strings! Strings! Strings! Strings! Nickel-nickel strings!

MMario had O, so...

Gee it's hard to pick-- PalTalk or PermaThreads????

PalTalk Now, PalTalk Now, PalTalk-PalTalk-PalTalk Now!
PalTalk Now, PalTalk Now, PalTalk-PalTalk Now!
Sing! Sing! Sing! Sing! PalTalk-PalTalk-PalTalk Now!
Sing! Sing! Sing! Sing! PalTalk-PalTalk Now!

PermaThreads, PermaThreads, Perma-Perma PermaThreads!
PermaThreads, PermaThreads, Perma PermaThreads!
Threads! Threads! Threads! Threads! Perma-Perma PermaThreads!
Threads! Threads! Threads! Threads! Perma PermaThreads!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Mar 01 - 12:57 AM

My mistake...first time I'd ever heard it and it was in the background as I worked. Just found a great sound clip from it at Mike Seeger's Southern Banjo Sounds.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Mar 01 - 01:05 AM

Do you mean that there were two different tunes there and you mixed up which was which, or does it really sound like Duelling Banjo's? (This puder cannot do sound.)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Amos
Date: 02 Mar 01 - 01:14 AM

Queasy quail, queasy quail, Queasy wheezy greasy quail
Queasy quail, queasy quail, Queasy wheezy quail
Quail quail quail quail
Shakey breaky flakey quail
Quail quail quail quail
Hoity-toity quail...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Jon W.
Date: 02 Mar 01 - 11:45 AM

All banjo tunes sound alike. Other than that, it's nothing like "Dueling Banjos" which was adapted from "Feuding Banjos."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Mar 01 - 12:49 PM

LOL, thanks for that, JonW! My dad would be horrified to hear they are all alike!**BG**


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Subject: Lyr Add: FLOP-EARED MULE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 03:11 PM

I thought this whole thread was a big leg-pull, so I checked it out by listening to as many sound samples as I could find on CDNOW. The great majority of them were instrumentals. But then there was this version by the Holy Modal Rounders:

    Flop-eared mule, flop-eared mule, flop-eared, flop-eared, flop-eared mule.
    Flop-eared mule, flop-eared mule, flop-eared, flop-eared mule.
    Mule, mule, mule, mule, flop-eared, flop-eared, flop-eared mule.
    Mule, mule, mule, mule, flop-eared, flop-eared mule.

And this version by a band called Doodoo Wah, on a CD called "For Amusement Only," Ballum Rancum CD #4, 1996:

    Corned-beef hash, corned-beef hash, corned-beef, corned-beef, corned-beef hash.
    Corned-beef hash, corned-beef hash, corned-beef, corned-beef hash.
    Hash, hash, hash, hash, corned-beef, corned-beef, corned-beef hash.
    Hash, hash, hash, hash, corned-beef, corned-beef hash.

For those who want to compose their own verses, it seems the rule is: You need a 3-syllable phrase, of which the first 2 syllables are an adjective or adjective phrase, and the 3rd syllable is a noun.

Only Andy Griffith seems to sing "real" words, but then he has a different tune also (on "Favorite Old-Time Songs," Madacy CD #3130, 2000):

    Took my wife to the barnyard and I set her down to supper.
    Well, she got choked on a turkey leg and stuck her nose in the butter,
    Stuck her nose in the butter, stuck her nose in the butter.
    Well, she got choked on a turkey leg and stuck her nose in the butter.
    Whoa, mule, you kickin' mule. Whoa, mule, I say.
    Tie a knot in that old mule's tail 'fore he runs away.

I don't know where his version comes from, but it's not the same as Kickin' Mule either.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 03:20 PM

Flop-eared Mule and Whoa Mule Whoa are not the same song at all.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: GUEST,guest...tarheel
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 11:24 AM

peas,peas,peas,peas,eating goober peas...oooooooooops!!!!...wrong song!!!..lol


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: GUEST,Al
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 11:25 AM

Psychotherapy, psychotherapy, psycho psycho psycotherapy

Al


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 12:48 PM

Well, Al, to fit the pattern, it would have to be like this:

Therapy, therapy, psycho? Psychotherapy!
Therapy, therapy, psychotherapy.
Pee, pee, pee, pee? Psycho? Psychotherapy!
Pee, pee, pee, pee! Psychotherapy.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 01:27 PM

Probably sounded better in the original Gaelic.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: wysiwyg
Date: 07 Jul 02 - 01:57 PM

LOL!

Have a recording of that, Dick? *G*

~S~


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: GUEST,Al
Date: 08 Jul 02 - 01:06 AM

Well, Susan, it sure fits the tune the way I play it on the fiddle. And by the way, if you're playing in D, then a good way to imitate the mule on the fiddle at the beginning of the first part of the tune is to slide an A note down to a G on the low G string, then pop the bow up to an F# on the E string, then D on the A string. Al


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Mr Happy
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 09:47 AM

There's a Northumbrian tune very similar to this, don't know the title - anyone?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Mr Happy
Date: 04 Sep 10 - 05:55 AM

nobody??


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Mr Happy
Date: 05 Oct 10 - 08:16 AM

Aha!

I found the name of the other tune, it's from Scotland & called 'The Bluebell Polka'.

Seems to be a 3 part tune, I'd be interested to know if anyone's an inkling of which of these tunes came first, as IMO one is clearly derived from the other.

Here's a soundbite from JC's of Bluebell, as a guidehttp://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/cgi/abc/tuneget?F=MIDI&U=http://www2.redhawk.org:8080/irish/RRTuneBk/RRtunes/RRtunes.abc&X=405&T=BLU

Click on midi to listen


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Jacob B
Date: 05 Oct 10 - 08:58 AM

I've got to mention my favorite verse, from back in the Watergate era.

Nixon knows, Nixon knows, Nixon Nixon Nixon knows
Nose, Nose, Nose, Nose, Nixon Nixon Nixon's nose

Maybe I get this from the Holy Modal Rounders when they played the university coffeehouse in 1970. I have no idea anymore.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Jack Campin
Date: 05 Oct 10 - 09:10 AM

The Bluebell Polka is usually played as 5 parts, three of them the same - key sequence G D G C G.

Kerr's Merry Melodies book 1 (which has the Bluebell Polka, almost exactly as Jimmy Shnad played it) has been continuously in print since the 1870s. It must be the best-selling tunebook in the British Isles.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flop-Eared Mule
From: Jacob B
Date: 05 Oct 10 - 12:45 PM

Well, since we're up to Q:

Quiet please, quiet please, quiet quiet quiet please
Quiet please, quiet please, quiet quiet please
Please please please please, quiet quiet quiet please
Please please please please, quiet quiet please
Quiet quiet quiet quiet quiet quiet quiet please
Quiet quiet quiet quiet quiet quiet please

Real world, real world, real real real world (another one from the Holy Modal Rounders)


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Subject: Lyr Add: FLOP-EARED MULE (Holy Modal Rounders)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Sep 11 - 07:28 PM

FLOP-EARED MULE
As sung by the Holy Modal Rounders
From the album "Holy Modal Rounders 1 & 2" (Fantasy 24711)

Flop-eared mule*, flop-eared mule, flop-eared, flop-eared, flop-eared mule.
Flop-eared mule, flop-eared mule, flop-eared, flop-eared mule.
Mule, mule, mule, mule, flop-eared, flop-eared, flop-eared mule.
Mule, mule, mule, mule, flop-eared, flop-eared mule.

Real world, real world, real, real, real world.
Real world, real world, real, real world.
World, world, world, world, real, real, real world.
World, world, world, world, real, real world.

[* It sounds like one of the singers starts off singing "Real world" and then corrects himself.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: FLOP-EARED MULE (from Andy Griffith)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 May 13 - 11:14 PM

FLOP-EARED MULE
As sung by Andy Griffith on "American Originals"

I used to have a ol' banjo was all strung up with twine,
And the only song you could hear me sing was "I wish that gal was mine"
Well, I wish that gal was mine, boys, I wish that gal was mine,
And the only song you could hear me sing was "I wish that gal was mine."

Whoa, mule, you kickin' mule, whoa, mule, I say.
I ain't got time to kiss you now; my mule is runnin' away

I took my wife to the barnyard 'n' I set her down to supper.
Well, she got choked on a turkey leg and stuck her nose in the butter,
Stuck her nose in the butter, stuck her nose in the butter.
Well, she got choked on a turkey leg and stuck her nose in the butter.

Whoa, mule, you kickin' mule, whoa, mule, I say.
Tie a knot in that old mule's tail before he runs away.

Your face is like a coffeepot; your nose is like a spout.
Your mouth is like a fireplace with all the ashes out,
Well, with all the ashes out, boys, with all the ashes out.
Your mouth is like a fireplace with all the ashes out.

Whoa, mule, you kickin' mule, whoa, mule, I say.
I ain't got time to kiss you now; my mule is runnin' away.


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