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Lyr Req: Mule Ridin' Blues (Broonzy)

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Subject: Lyr Req: BROONZY, 'MULE RIDIN BLUES'
From: Jeep man
Date: 25 May 03 - 06:39 PM

There is plenty in the DT and Forum about Big Bill, but I can't locate the words to "Mule Ridin Blues". I have heard a snippet of it and it is mostly talking and picking hot guitar. Jim


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: BROONZY, 'MULE RIDIN BLUES'
From: masato sakurai
Date: 25 May 03 - 10:27 PM

Big Bill Broonzy's "Mule Ridin' Blues" is on Big Bill Broonzy :Trouble in Mind (Smithsonian Folkways 40131) [with audio sample].


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: BROONZY, 'MULE RIDIN BLUES'
From: Jeep man
Date: 25 May 03 - 11:16 PM

Thanks again Masato. Jim


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: BROONZY, 'MULE RIDIN BLUES'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 May 03 - 10:27 AM

Here's my transcription of the sound sample:

One day I was riding along on my old mule,
Minding my own business and I wasn't bothering a soul.
I seen a raccoon and a possum.
The raccoon was up the 'simmon tree and the poor possum he was on the ground.
And I heard the possum holler up to the raccoon, say, "Hey, Bub, will you throw me some 'simmons down?"
And the raccoon hollered down to the possum, say, "Look, Bub," say, "You in the shade laying down. Now what you worried about?"

It sounds like a lead-in to the old song variously called:
Possum up a Simmon Tree
Possum in the Simmon Tree
Possum in de 'Simmon Tree
Raccoon and Possum
The Raccoon and the Possum


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: BROONZY, 'MULE RIDIN BLUES'
From: Jeep man
Date: 27 May 03 - 08:52 PM

Good job Jim. I'll get it all yet. Jim


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: BROONZY, 'MULE RIDIN BLUES'
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 May 03 - 03:03 AM

Songs with verses about [o]possums, [rac]coons, and [per]simmon trees:

In the DT:
Bile Dem Cabbage Down
Blue-Eyed Girl

In the Forum:
Sugar Hill
Boil Them Cabbage Down
Boil Them Cabbage Down - source unknown
Cotton Field Song from the Lomaxes.
Old Hat recorded by the Leake County Revelers.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: BROONZY, 'MULE RIDIN BLUES'
From: Jeep man
Date: 28 May 03 - 09:44 PM

Jim,you have really been working. I will check each one of these. Jim


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Subject: Lyr Add: MULE RIDIN' BLUES (Big Bill Broonzy)
From: ddw
Date: 28 May 03 - 10:14 PM

Jeep man --

I think this is what you're looking for.

MULE RIDIN' BLUES
By Bill Broonzy

One day I was ridin' along on my ol' mule,
Mindin' my own business and I wasn't botherin' a soul.
So I seed a ratcoon [raccoon] and a possum.
The ratcoon was up the 'simmon tree and the poor possum he was on the ground.
And I heared the possum holler up to the ratcoon, say, "Hey, Bub, will you throw me some 'simmons down?"
And the ratcoon hollered down to the possum, say, "Look, Bub," say, "You in the shade layin' down. Now what you worried about?"

So I spurred my mule and I went ridin' on down the road
Mindin' my own business and I wasn't botherin' a soul.
So I seed a rabbit and he was in the pea vine.
So I say, "Hey, Bub," I say, "Where you gwine [going]?"
So he bucked his eyes and he curled his tail; he said, "Look, Bub, I'm looking for muscadine."

So I spurred my mule and went ridin' on down the road
Mindin' my own business and I wasn't botherin' a soul.
So I seed a little red hen and a rooster
And I heared the little red hen say to the rooster, say, "Look, Bub," says, "I ain't gon' take this settin' down."
Say, "Me here hatchin' all white, black and brown, and you out catfishin' all over town."

So I spurred my mule and I went ridin' on down the road.
So I seed a beautiful girl,
So I say, "Hey, lady, are you married?"
She say, "No, Bub, and never been kissed."
I said, "Well, look, I got a twenty-dollar bill and a Cadillac car
And I knows a cute little place right over the hill."
She say, "Hey, Bub," said, "To heck with your Cadillac car, but keep talkin' about that hill and them twenty-dollar bills."

So I spurred my mule and I went ridin' on down the road
Mindin' my own business and I wasn't botherin' a soul.
So finally I rode into town
And I seed a man standin' at the window pullin' off his clothes.
Every time he'd pull off a piece, he'd throw it out the window.
So I say, "Hey, Bub," I say, "What goes?"
He said, "Look, Bub, if you knowed what I paid for this room and what's in it, them clothes I'm throwin' out the window'd be out of style when I come down."

cheers,

david


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: BROONZY, 'MULE RIDIN BLUES'
From: Jeep man
Date: 28 May 03 - 11:11 PM

Man alive,David. You have done some hard work and I really appreciate it. Now I have to memorize it. Jim


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: BROONZY, 'MULE RIDIN BLUES'
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 29 May 03 - 06:53 PM

"gwine" means the same as "going"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mule Ridin' Blues (Broonzy)
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Sep 14 - 06:37 AM

well done


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Mule Ridin' Blues (Broonzy)
From: GUEST,Tom Schulte
Date: 07 Jun 16 - 08:53 AM

What does "catfishin' all over town" mean in this context, since it pre-dates the social media definition?


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