Sinking the Mule

from Sharecropper's Sin by Stacey Sanders

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lyrics

Cap'n, Cap'n, I'm an old mule teamer looking for passage on your side-wheel steamer
I'll work real hard and make you proud, I don't drink too much or cuss too loud
I'll earn my keep as I draw my pay, Cap'n, Cap'n, what do you say

She's too thin to plow, too thick to drink, with curves and hazards that could drain our sink
No time to fret, no time to worry, daylight's burning on the muddy Missouri
Welcome aboard, now find your bunk, first fetch the whiskey from the bos'n's trunk
Look here, skinner, I only have one rule: if this ship goes down boy, don't sink the mule

Cap'n, Cap'n, we've hit us a snag, the bow's a-rising, the stern's a-jag
A walnut tree has breached her hull, passengers scattered, the lifeboats are full
Water's rushing in, it's about neck-high, Cap'n, Cap'n, the end is nigh

She's too thick to drink, too thin to plow, we'll make it to the riverbank somehow
Save the women, children and all the supplies, the coffee, gunpowder, beans and rice
Your beast of burden must be found, we need help making it to higher ground
Look here, skinner, don't lose our best tool, whatever you do boy, don't sink the mule

Cap'n, Cap'n, that ain't no hassle, he's tied to a beam down in the forecastle
I'll take a deep breath before I go down and pray to the good Lord I don't drown
It's bleak and murky but I have my blade, Cap'n, Cap'n, I ain't afraid

She's too thin to plow, too thick to drink, I signed a contract in India ink
These survivors are in my charge, my heart is heavy, my conscience large
Up n down these plains, your mug will be shot, put my name on the line for you, look what I got
Spend the rest of your life on a damn barstool, cut him loose skinner, don't sink the mule

Cap'n, Cap'n, sorry I dropped the knife, try as I may I couldn't save the mule's life
We both struggled as long as we could, old Jack finally gave up the ghost for good
He kicked and whimpered then he took his last breath, Cap'n, Cap'n, the mule sank to death

She's too thick to drink, too thin to plow, we'll make it to the riverbank somehow
Tie a rope around the waist of everybody, get just a little taste of the Big Muddy
Your walking papers are drawn and ready, I'll pilot another ship slow and steady
As for you skinner, you're an idle fool up shit creek boy, you done sank the mule

credits

from Sharecropper's Sin, released January 8, 2015
acoustic guitar ~ SS
electric guitar ~ Dave Skinner
electric guitar ~ Billy Beck
bass ~ Dan Kurtz
drums ~ Rob Johnson
harmony vocals ~ SS & Mark Jacobs

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