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 #6166  by b weird
 Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:26 am
Hey I was just listining to my Kingfish Live cd and I heard this song(Mule Skinner Blues) and I remembered that I wanted to ask if anyone knew the chords or tabs for it. If someone does that would be great. Thanks.
 #6351  by lyghtningod
 Wed Jun 14, 2006 8:47 pm
I'm not sure if it's the same song, but there is a bluegrass song called Muleskinner Blues. It was done by Muleskinner, which was Grisman, Richard Greene, Peter Rowan, Bill Keith, Clarence White, plus John Kahn on bass.

You can google it to see what pops up.

(my screen name is actually lyghtningrod, but I mispelled. Oops.)

 #6374  by mutant_dan
 Thu Jun 15, 2006 10:02 am
Keep in mind a Muleskinner is someone who drives a wagon or cart pulled by mules and whips them to keep them moving.

Muleskinner Blues
Lyrics: Jimmie Rodgers, George Vaughn
Music: Jimmie Rodgers, George Vaughn

Played by Jerry with Old And In The Way, and in pre-Dead days with the Wildwood Boys in 1973. It was also played by Bob Weir with Kingfish.

The Jerry Garcia version is:

Good morning captain
Good morning shine
Do you need another muleskinner
Out on your new mud line
[yodel]

I'm an old muleskinner
Up from California way
I can make any mule listen
And I won't accept your pay
[yodel]

Hey, litle water boy
Won't won't you bring your water round
If you don't like your job
You can put your water bucket down
[yodel]

The Kingfish version is:
Well it's good morning captain
Good morning to you son, hey hey yeah
Do you need another muleskinner
Out on your new border run, hey hey yeah
[yodel]

Well I'm an old muleskinner
Way down Kentucky way, hey hey
And I can make any mule listen
For I won't accept your pay, hey hey yeah
[yodel]

Well I been working down in Georgia
Busting rock and pitching hay, hey hey yeah
Just to let a no-good woman
Draw every cent of my pay, hey hey yeah
[yodel]

Well it's good morning captain
Good morning to you son, hey hey yeah
Do you need another muleskinner
Out on your new border run, hey hey yeah
[yodel]

The original Jimmy Rodger's version had several more verses
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

 #6376  by tigerstrat
 Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:16 am
I first heard the song on a Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys bootleg tape from 1963. With Kenny Baker on fiddle, Bill on mando and Bill "Brad" Keith on banjo this version really will skin your mule!

 #6385  by b weird
 Thu Jun 15, 2006 2:32 pm
Mule Skinner Blues
G
Well it's good morning captain
C G Good morning to you son, hey hey yeah
D Do you need another muleskinner
C G Out on your new border run, hey hey yeah
G [yodel]

Well I'm an old muleskinner
Way down Kentucky way, hey hey
And I can make any mule listen
For I won't accept your pay, hey hey yeah
[yodel]

Jam Well I been working down in Georgia
Busting rock and pitching hay, hey hey yeah
Just to let a no-good woman
Draw every cent of my pay, hey hey yeah
[yodel]

Jam Well it's good morning captain
Good morning to you son, hey hey yeah
Do you need another muleskinner
Out on your new border run, hey hey yeah
[yodel]



Try this. I found the chords to the song on CowboyLyrics.com and I put them to the Kingfish lyrics. I would Appreciate it if someone could tell me if it sounds close.