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Origins: Billy's Mule - New Christy Minstrels?

rgreer@sympatico.ca 23 Nov 99 - 11:24 PM
Nathan in Texas 24 Nov 99 - 02:20 PM
Joe Offer 03 Sep 11 - 05:34 PM
Fl!p Breskin 03 Sep 11 - 07:20 PM
Gibb Sahib 04 Sep 11 - 12:27 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: BILLY'S MULE
From: rgreer@sympatico.ca
Date: 23 Nov 99 - 11:24 PM

BILLY'S MULE

CHORUS:
Billy's mule can tow the wagon. He can pull the plow.
He can figure 'rithmetic and milk a muley cow.
Don't need no education, ain't never been to school,
But anything worth doing can be done by Billy's mule.

1. A talent scout from Hollywood came into town one day.
He said, "I'll make you famous if you learn to sing and play."
Billy's Mule just laughed and said, "I don't want to be a star.
But who do you think taught Elvis how to play the old guitar?"
Uh Huh Uh Huh

2. I went on a date the other night with good old Sally Brown.
I took her to a dog fight on the other side of town.
I noticed when I kissed her she was acting kind of cool.
She said, "I'd get more pleasure out of kissing Billy's Mule."

3. Well, I get so mad when I draw my pay and all my money's spent,
I called up the White House and said to the Pres-E-Dent:
"If you don't cut out this income tax, you ain't no friend of mine."
He said, "I'll speak to Billy's mule. He's on the other line."


I would like to know who recorded this song and any other info I could get on it.


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Subject: RE: Billys Mule Who, Where and when please
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 24 Nov 99 - 02:20 PM

An internet search found that it was recorded by the New Christy Minstrels on the album "Tell Tall Tales! Legends and Nonsense" (1963). I don't have any further information.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Billy's Mule - what's a muley cow?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Sep 11 - 05:34 PM

I just came across a great recording of this song on Marty Kohn's The Hat Album. It brought up two questions:
  1. Is the song traditional, or is it a Randy Sparks/New Christy Minstrels creation? (YouTube)
  2. What the heck is a muley cow? Lots of songs use that term.
Please enlighten me.
-Joe, Curious-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Billy's Mule - what's a muley cow?
From: Fl!p Breskin
Date: 03 Sep 11 - 07:20 PM

Just looked it up: A female cow born naturally without horns.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Billy's Mule - what's a muley cow?
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 04 Sep 11 - 12:27 AM

Also mentioned in "Camptown Races".


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