40 Years in My Ear-y Canal

I‘ve been plagued by a particular earworm for over 40 years.

I’ve got a mule, her name is . . .

If her name popped unbidden into your mind, you’re either a fan of American folk music or you went to elementary school in California in the 60s.

The song was originally entitled Low Bridge, Everybody Down when Thomas Allen wrote it in 1905. Now it’s called The Erie Canal Song, 15 Miles on the Erie Canal, and any number of other names. It’s about the years, decades really, when boats on the Erie Canal were towed by mules. By 1905 the era of the mules was just about over.

I wish the era of this earworm were over.

Oh; the mule’s name? Sal. I’ve got a mule her name is Sal. Enjoy your earworm.

3 thoughts on “40 Years in My Ear-y Canal”

  1. Gee, thANKs a LOT, Joel! :) ;)
    Would it help if you record it?

    I musta missed that particular one, kept trying to see if Katie fit -? Remnants of the Grateful Dead, or else a Blues Brothers worm, I think…
    But I do remember hearing (and no doubt singing-along to) Low Bridge, Everybody Down in grade school in the 60’s.

    1. Pain shared is halved.

      Or is it doubled?

      The past week I’ve considered recording it to see if that helps. Just discovered that my new Toshiba laptop doesn’t have the hardware issue shared by Sue and Fiona’s Compaqs, so I can record from my PA without artificially introduced electronic hum. Marvelous discover. I’m excited about recording again.

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