Kicking Mule


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Kicking Mule


One leaf, typewritten on both sides. The document is in good physical condition. The document is located on the reverse side of "Bonny Barbara Allan," Variant 4. There are staple holes at the upper left corner. There is an uneven cut along the top edge. There is an uneven cut along the left edge.


Minstrel music Mules -- Songs and music Nonsense songs Sleighs -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

Liza Jane, Who a, Mule


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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The Kicking Mule

Once there was a man, his name was Simon Slick.
He had a mule with dreamy eyes, and how that mule could kick.
He’d shut one eye and switch his tail and greet you with a smile.
He’d gently raise you from the ground and kick you half a mile.

Whoa, mule, I tell you,
Whoa, mule, I say.
Keep your seat, Miss Liza Jane,
And hold on to the sleigh.

I hitched that mule one morning to take my girl a ride,
He kicked both hind feet over the shafts, and kicked her in the side.
He kicked the feathers from a goose, he broke the elephant’s back.
He stopped the Texas railway train, and kicked it off the track.

O hear them sleighbells ringing, the snow is falling fast.
So with a mule with room for two, just watch us going past.
And don’t get scared at nothing, what you hear or what you see,
And, Liza, I’ll stay with this mule, and you must stay with me.

Just see them snowflakes flying. Lookout. Let them sail.
Watch them ears of his’n and see him wag his tail.
Going to the preacher’s, Liza, you keep cool,
Hain’t got time to kiss you now, I’m busy with this mule.

Little bee came flying around, came flying around the well,
This little mule gave him one good kick, his head began to swell.
Took him down to the blacksmith’s shop, and hitched him all alone,
He kicked both hindfeet till he died, and oh, how he did groan.

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Kicking Mule

Document Title

The Kicking Mule

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Blackface Minstrel, Negro Songs -- 513

Dimensions - Original

211 mm x 277 mm

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Leila E. Weinstein

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