Mule Skinner Blues
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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Good mornin' captain, good mornin' shine
Good mornin' captain, good mornin' shine
Do you need another mule skinner
Workin' on your new road line?

My line's been rollin'
I'm rollin' all the time
My line is work
I'm rollin' all the time
I can carve my initials (ha)
On an old mule's behind

I said hey, little waterboy (hey)
Bring that water bucket 'round
(Bring it 'round, bring it 'round, bring it 'round, bring it 'round)
I said hey, little waterboy
Bring that water bucket 'round
And if you don't like your job
Shut that water bucket down

Good morning captain, good mornin' shine
Good morning captain, good mornin' shine
Do you need another mule skinner
Workin' on your new road line?

Well I like to work,
I'm rollin' all the time
Well I like to work,
I'm rollin' all the time
I can carve my initials
On an old mule's behind

I said, good mornin' captain
Good mornin' captain
I said good mornin' captain
Mornin' captain
Said good mornin'captain
Mornin' captain
I said good mornin' captain
Mornin' captain
Mornin' captain



Mornin' captain
Working on your new road line

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Jimmie Rodgers's song "Mule Skinner Blues" depict the story of a hardworking mule driver who is seeking employment on a new road line. He greets the captain and the shine in the morning and inquires if they need another mule skinner on their team. The mule skinner takes pride in his line of work, stating that he's always rolling and can even carve his initials on an old mule's behind. He then calls out to the waterboy, asking him to bring around the water bucket, but warns him to shut it down if he doesn't like his job. The song ends as he repeats his original question, asking the captain once again if they need a mule skinner on their team.


The lyrics of "Mule Skinner Blues" have been interpreted in many ways. One interpretation is that the song is a story of a man's dedication to his work even in less glamorous jobs like mule driving. Others believe that it's a protest song about the working conditions of laborers in the early 20th century. The line "if you don't like your job, shut that water bucket down" is seen as a call to arms to workers who feel oppressed and want to fight back. Regardless of the interpretation, the song has stood the test of time and is considered a classic in the country and blues music genre.


Line by Line Meaning

Good mornin' captain, good mornin' shine
Greeting the boss and supervisor respectfully in the morning.


Do you need another mule skinner Workin' on your new road line?
Asking if there's any vacancy for a mule skinner on the construction site.


My line's been rollin' I'm rollin' all the time My line is work I'm rollin' all the time I can carve my initials (ha) On an old mule's behind
Proudly stating that he is skilled in his job, and can even mark his work on a mule's skin.


I said hey, little waterboy (hey) Bring that water bucket 'round (Bring it 'round, bring it 'round, bring it 'round, bring it 'round) I said hey, little waterboy Bring that water bucket 'round And if you don't like your job Shut that water bucket down
Requesting the waterboy to bring him water, and asserting that if someone dislikes their job, they should stop doing it.


Well I like to work, I'm rollin' all the time Well I like to work, I'm rollin' all the time I can carve my initials On an old mule's behind
Reiterating his love for his job and ability to mark his work on an animal.


I said, good mornin' captain Good mornin' captain I said good mornin' captain Mornin' captain Said good mornin'captain Mornin' captain I said good mornin' captain Mornin' captain Mornin' captain Mornin' captain Working on your new road line
Repeatedly greeting the captain and acknowledging his work on the new road line.




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Jimmie Rodgers, George Vaughn

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Jean-Michel Dehalu

Well it's good morning captain
Good morning shine
Do you need another muleskinner
Out on your new mud line

I like to work
I'm rolling all the time
I can pop my initials
On a mule's behind

Hey little water boy
Bring that water round
If you don't like your job
Set that water bucket down

Workin' on the good road
Dollar and a half a day
My good girl's waiting on a Saturday night
Just to draw my pay

I'm going to town, honey
What you want me to bring you back
Bring a pint of booze
And a John B Stetson hat

I smell your bread a-burning
Turn your damper down
If you ain't got a damper, good gal
Turn your bread around



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