Muleskinner 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 of Jimmie Rodgers's song Muleskinner Blues refer to the life of a mule skinner or mule driver, a person who drives mules, usually pulling a wagon or a plow. The song talks about the singer's line of work, which is "rolling all the time" and being a good worker, as well as his carving his initials on an old mule's behind. These lyrics may convey a sense of tough work in the life of a mule skinner, who had to deal with the strong and stubborn animals, the harsh weather, and the difficult job conditions associated with that line of work. The singer also interacts with the captain and the waterboy, who are likely other workers on the same road line, which adds to the storytelling aspect of the song.


Overall, Muleskinner Blues is a song that conveys a sense of hard work and dedication, and it gives voice to a slice of life that is not often represented in popular music or culture. The lyrics are simple, but they manage to convey a lot of emotion and create a vivid image of the life of a mule skinner.


Line by Line Meaning

Good mornin' captain, good mornin' shine
Greeting the captain and his assistants politely and cheerfully


Do you need another mule skinner Workin' on your new road line?
Asking if the captain needs another hard worker to help build the new road


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
Expressing pride in his skill and experience as a mule skinner who is always working hard and leaving his mark on the job


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
Asking the waterboy to bring water and reminding him that he can always quit if he doesn't enjoy the work


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
Stating his love for working hard and constantly moving on the job, and his ability to leave his mark wherever he goes


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
Continuing to greet the captain and his crew politely and cheerfully, while emphasizing that they are all working hard on the new road




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: HORTON, VAUGHN / RODGERS, JIMMIE

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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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Bob Beck

Even now, he is light years ahead of what they now call Country Music. The name of Jimmie Rodgers will last until this planet destroys itself.

Mark Parker

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Vlone4LL

Only 17 but this is golden. The music from 2023 cannot compete

Jeff

This proves that a simple acoustic guitar and a melody from the heart blows everything made today out of the water.

bill gonzales

so true  jsg1489, it don't need to be huge just keep it simple like this classic?

Les Coles

You are so right, simple but heartfelt!

MsRockett88

This is great. No need to compare though. Music is music, it either resonates or it doesn't.

hugh mongasass

they are all available, and unwanted for the most part

Jason Higgins

Not simple then nor now! He was talented and hear that white mans blues? Not SIMPLE!!!!!!

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