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I grew up with two very different country versions of it: one by Merle Haggard and one by Dolly Parton. As you can tell, my Dad was a broad-minded sort of fellow who allowed both kinds of music in the house: Country and Western. Technically, the song was written and first recorded in by Jimmie Rodgers. Dickson was a delta bluesman who recorded, as far as we know, exactly four songs.
Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8) lyrics chords | Dolly Parton
The long, loud opening vocal line is especially close to the genius of the field holler. These elements —the racial subtext, the dialogue form, the long yell— will all fade in and out of the song as it is re-imagined over the years.
The mule gave a song full of aural hooks the lyrical hook it needed to catch on. What did Monroe do?
For one thing, he doubled the speed of the song and turned his band loose on it, a band that included mandolin, banjo, and bass guitar that were used to having a good time making sparkly and jangly music. By this time it had been a hit twice, sounding different enough each time to suggest how malleable it was. A tug of war started. Woody Guthrie pulled it back in the direction of folksy blues in I think it was Joe D.
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Swapping out yodeling for laughter, and putting some spoken word and chicken-clucking into the vocals, Gibson turned it into even more of a party. That laugh, once released, is hard to keep under control. In a couple of recordings, it seems to cross the line into an evil cackle.