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Erie Canal (Mule Named Sal) (THomas S. Allen) I've got an old mule and her name is Sal Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal She's a good old worker and a good old pal Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal We've hauled some barges in our day Filled with lumber, coal, and hay And we know every inch of the way From Albany to Buffalo Low bridge, everybody down Low bridge for we're coming to a town And you'll always know your neighbor And you'll always know your pal If you've ever navigated on The Erie Canal We'd better look around for a job, old gal Fifteen years on the Erie Canal You bet your life I wouldn't part with Sal Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal Giddap there gal, we've passed that lock We'll make Rome 'bout six o'clock One more trip and then we'll go Right back home to Buffalo Low bridge, everybody down Low bridge, I've the finest mule in town. Once a man named Mike McGinty Tried to put it over Sal Now he's way down on the bottom of The Erie Canal Oh, where would I be if I lost my pal? Fifteen years on the Erie Canal Oh, I'd like to see a mule as good as Sal Fifteen years on the Erie Canal A friend of mine once made her sore Now, he's got a broken jaw 'Cause she let fly with her iron toe And kicked him into Buffalo. Low bridge, everybody down, Low bridge, I've the finest mule in town. If yo're looking for trouble Better stay away from Sal She's the only fightin' donkey on the Erie Canal I don't want to call when I want my Sal Fifteen years on the Erie Canal She trots from her stall like a good old gal, Fifteen years on the Erie Canal I eat my meals with Sal each day, I eat beef and she eats hay She ain't so slow if you want to know She put the "Buff" in Buddalo. Low bridge, everybody down, Low bridge, I've the finest mule in town Eats a bale of hay for dinner And on top of that, my Sal Tries to drink up all the water in the Erie Canal. note: A Tin-Pan Alley song, written in 1905, that is now part of the folk (and college glee-club) tradition. RG SOF
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