Johnson's Old Grey Mule

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JOHNSON'S OLD GREY MULE. American, Song Tune. USA, north Georgia. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. A comic song by Thomas Westendorf, written in 1884. The lyric (from the Georgia Yellow Hammers) begins:

Johnson had an old grey mule,
His name was Simon Slick;
He’d roll his eyes and switch his tail,
Mmh, how that mule would kick.

Well rode him down to the foot of the hill,
He hooked him to his cart;
He loved that mule and that mule loved him,
With all his muley heart.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Kuntz (Ragged But Right), 1987; pp. 223-224.

Recorded sources : - Starday SLP 235, Curly Fox (1963). Rounder 1032, Georgian Yellow Hammers - "The Moonshine Hollow Band" (1979. Orig. rec. 1927). Victor 20550 (78 RPM), Georgia Yellow Hammers (1927).




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