looking for lyrics of folk song - "There was mule in our town"
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#1 Jun 15, 2006
I'm looking for the lyrics of folk song - my grandmother sang to me as child - "There was a mule in our town his name was simon slick - he had a mule with dreamy eyes but oh that mule could kick - he would wink one and and shift his tail and slowly
send you half a mile - every time the mule was around -
that is all i remember - just checking - thank you
#2 Jul 31, 2006
#3 May 25, 2007
This is how my Daddy used to sing it.
There was a little man, His name was Simon Slick. He had a mule with dreamy eyes and how that mule could kick. He'd wink his eye and wag his tail and greet you with a smile, and gently lift his left hind leg and kick you half a mile.
Oh that muile was a kicker, a hungry bill sticker. He'd eat like a micker, and pick you up quicker, and set you down slicker than all of Fritz' liquor. A kicker no quicker could ever be found.
He kicked a gate from of the fence and massacurd a hog. He mortified ten Chinamen and swallerd a yeller dog. He kicked a train from off the track and turned the engine loose.The engineer came out when he kicked over the caboose
He stopped a steam boat on its way and kicked it out of sight. He kicked a boarding house in two at twelve o'clock at night. The boarders in their night shirts came out and held their breath, as he kicked his left leg down his throat and chocked himself to death (alternate: He kicked his false teeth down his throat)
There is another verse about kicking the feathers off a goose and breaking an elaphants back but I have forgotten it.
#4 Oct 14, 2007
My dad used to play and sing a song about a mule. I remember it something like this:
I had a mule, was such a fool.
It never paid no heed.
I lit a fire to the end of his tail,
And he shor did show some speed.
Oh, get along mule,
Don't you roll them eyes.
Oh, get along mule,
A dag gone mule is a fool until he dies.
#5 Jan 14, 2009
These are the real lyrics to the best of my recollection
There once was a little man, his name was Simon Slick.
He owned a mule with dreamy eyes and how that mule could kick.
It's hide was getapurcha, he had an iron jaw,
He was just the thing to have around to tame your mother in law.
chorus: Oh that mule was a kicker, a high barn kicker, a kicker, no quicker, could ever be found.
He kicked the feathers from a goose and paralyzed a hog.
He killed seven chinaman and swollowed a yeller dog.
He kicked the feathers from a goose and broke an elephants back.
He saw a Texas railroad train and kicked it off the track.
He stopped a steam boat with his head and kicked it out of sight.
He kicked a boarding house in two at twelve o'clock at night.
The boarders with their night clothes (or gowns) on stood around and held their breath.
He rammed his hind leg down his throat and kicked himself to death.
#6 Sep 10, 2009
My father used to sing this song 45 or 50 years ago--(late 50s-early 60s)--and he knew all the verses! He was tone-deaf, so I can't be too sure of the melody, but the words were roughly the same as those in the previous entries. I wonder about the song's origins. Anybody know?
#7 Sep 10, 2009
I'm not from Omaha, but Salt Lake City. I notice that some of the other entries about the Simon Slick song are from Utah, too! Interesting.
#8 Sep 13, 2009
i heard it
I once did know a little man, his name was simon slick,
he had a little derby mule and how that mule could kick
he'd winck his eye and wag his tail and greet you with a smile
then gently telagraph his leg and raise you half a mile
that mule was a kicker a hungry bill sticker, he kicked like a knicker, an old boston liquor
he kicked the feathers off a goose and broke an elephants back,
he stopped the San pete railroad train and kicked it off the track
he kicked a moose across a telephone line,
he broke an elephants jaw,
hes just the thing to have around to tame your mother in law
that mule was a kicker a hungry bill sticker, a kicker more quicker could never be found
Grandpa De Lange's version from San Pete Utah 1940's
#9 Sep 19, 2009
butt ball poo
#10 Nov 2, 2010
There was a man he had mule his name was Simon Slick
he'd wall his eyes and bat his ears and how that mule could kick and he's go Waa, eee, ahh eee ahhhh...
#11 Nov 18, 2010
There was a man he had a mule his name was simon Slick. He'd wall his eyes and bat his ears and how that mule could kick!
This is the version I heard. Are there more verses?
#12 Nov 30, 2010
I've had fun reading the different versions of the "Kickin'" Mule song lyrics. I remember my dad playing the guitar and singing me this song in the early 50's. Some of his lyrics are different, so I'm going to post them. He called the song "Kickin' Maude".
There was a man in our town,
His name was Simon Slick.
He owned a little rat tailed mule,
Oh how that mule could kick.
She kicked up several Chinese towns,
She broke an Elephants back.
She stopped a Texas railroad train,
An kicked it off the track.
Ol' Si hitched her up one morn,
And drove her into town.
The mule let into kickin',
Just to show 'em she was around.
She kicked my baby on the jaw,
She kicked a yellar dog.
She kicked an old Tom Cat, over the fence.
That bad mules name was Maude.
A Policeman tried to catch that mule,
And carry her to jail.
He made a flying dash at Maude,
And grabbed her by the tail.
I saw Old Maude in St. Louis,
I saw her at the fair.
She kicked some poor old Chinamen,
Till they had no clothes to wear.
Old Maude walked up to the bar saloon,
She was feelin' mighty dry.
She walked up to the counter,
And asked for a glass of Rye.
The man behind the counter,
He began to grin.
Old Maude just turned around,
And kicked the whiskers off his chin.
When Old Maude dies and leaves this world,
It's all my heart to yearn.
I know she's with the angels boys,
For she's too darn tough to burn.
As sung by E Herrington
#13 May 7, 2011
this is the one i remember growing up too.. my dad would sing this to me and he made a very impressive donkey sound..couldn't sing much though..thanks for sharing lyrics...brings back memories.
#14 Jul 15, 2011
Dad sang it sorta like this
I know'd a little kickin man,
his name was Simon Slick
He had a mule with dreamy eyes,
but how that mule could kick.
E'd wink Is eye and wag is tail,
and greet you with a smile,
then gently teligraph his leg
and raise you half a mile.
Whoa mule Whoa,
why don't you hear them hollar
tie a knot in the end of is tail,
or e'll slip through is collar
why don't you put em on the track
why don't you let em go.
and every time you start em up
yell whoa mule whoa
This mule she was a dandy
she pulverized a hog
dicetced seven china-men
and mashed a yeller dog
is kick was swift as lightning
she had an iron jaw
just the thing to have around
to tame your mother in law
whoa mule whoa...
(rest of chorus)
I never could figure out "little kickin man"
and it seemed like they never could settle on the mules gender, maybe I was trying to hard.
it was a fun song and singing it in English class my jr year got me in the male quartet my senior year. go figure
#15 Oct 3, 2011
My Uncle sang the mule song "Get Along Mule" and I'd love all the verses. I remember the chorus being "Oh git along mule, don't you roll those eyes. You can change a fool but a gol darn mule is a mule until he dies. There were several verses: a cat swallowed a ball of yarn and when the kittens came they all had sweaters on...a guy on a date, pleasure he was seekin, missed her mouth and hit her nose and the gol darn thing was leakin...If anyone knows the words to the complete song?
#16 Dec 14, 2011
I once new a little man his name was simon slick
he had a mule He had a mule with dreamy eyes,
and how that mule could kick.
he'd shake his head and wag is tail,
and greet you with a smile,
then gently teligraph his leg
and kick you half a mile.
I once owened this stuborn donkey the
most stubborn donkey curd he was born
around the years of 49 his head was full
of scars from upsetting rail road cars
he was knock need pigen toed and blind.
Sang by Grandpa Fjeldsted of Sanpete County in the 1940's and 1950's
#17 Feb 23, 2012
This was our family version...(I still sing it to my grandbabies)
There was a little pinched up man whose name was
He had a mule with dreamy eyes and how that mule could kick.
He'd wink his eye and shake his head and greet you with a smile
and then he'd telegraph his leg and land you half a mile.
His skin was good as purchase.
His hoofs were made of lead.
He'd lift you like a feather and he'd stand you on your head.
His kick was quick as lightning
He had an iron jaw.
Just the thing to have around,to tame your mother-in-law.
He stopped a steamboat with his head and kicked it out of sight.
He kicked a boarding house in two at 12 Oclock at night.
The boarders in their shirt tail coats stood and held their breath.
While he rammed his hind leg down his throat and choked himself to death.
#18 Mar 24, 2012
I have a recording of my dad singing this song. It appears there is a lot of variation in the lyric. I don't know how I could distribute the melody on this site, but if anyone is interested contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
#19 Jul 1, 2012
My grandmother actually had sheet music for "Get Along Mule"...something like this. I only remember these words:
He layed by down the sewer
and by the sewer he died
and when they held the inquest
they called it "Sewerside"
Oh get along mule
won't you roll them eyes
you can change a foor
but a dog gone mule
is a mule until he dies.
#20 Oct 23, 2012
My grandmother always sang it this way:
I once knew a little man
his name was Simon Slick
He owned a mule with dreamy eys
oh how that mule could kick
He'd shut one eye, he'd wag his tail
He'd greet you with a smile
He'd gently elevate his hind leg
and kick you half a mile
Well it's whoa mule Whoa
I thought I heard him holler
tie a knot in that muels tail
he'll go right through his collar
Why don't you put him on thetrack
whyy don't you let him go
all thyat I could hear him say
was whoa mule whoa
He chewed a Thomas cat in two
he pulverized a hog
He killed seven chinamen
and he swallered a yeller dog
he kicked the stuffib' from a goose
He broke an elephants back
he stopped a Texas r54ailroad train
and he kicked it off the track
Well its whoa mule whoa....
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