Please Share Your Version of “I Had a Little Mule, His Name Was Jack”

There seem to be different versions of “I Had a Little Mule”. I’d love to learn more of them! Here are the first two lines which seem to be in most versions…

I had a little mule, his name was Jack.
I rode his tail to save his back.

Here’s the version from The Journal of American Folk-lore:

(From Mississippi 1909)

I had a little mule, and his name was Jack;
I rode him on his tail to save his back.

I had a little mule, and his name was Jay;
I pulled his tail to hear him bray.

I had a little mule who was quite slick;
I pulled his tail to see him kick.

This little mule he kicked so high,
I thought that I had touched the sky.

I had a little mule; he was made of hay;
First big wind come along and blowed him away.

Here’s another:

(From East Tennessee 1908)

I had a little pony, en’ his name wuz Jack;
I rode him on his belly to save his back.

Please share the version you know in the comments below. Also let us know if you sang it or chanted it.

Thanks in advance!

Mama Lisa

This article was posted on Sunday, August 15th, 2010 at 10:41 am and is filed under Children's Songs, Countries & Cultures, English, Languages, Mama Lisa, Nursery Rhymes, Questions, USA. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

45 Responses to “Please Share Your Version of “I Had a Little Mule, His Name Was Jack””

  1. Tammy Says:

    I had a little pony
    his name was Jack
    I put him in the stable
    and he fell through a crack

  2. Tammy Says:

    I am trying to find the second verse to a poem my father used to recite (he has passed away), it has something to do with a cream bowl…… up to his ears.

    Goes with:

    I had a little pony
    his name was Jack.
    I put him in the stable
    he fell through a crack.

  3. Lisa Says:

    So far, I found here:

    I had a little dog and his name was Jack
    I tied his tail to the railroad track…

    I had a little pony and his name was Jack.
    I rode on his belly to save his back…

  4. Lisa Says:

    Here’s another one I found that’s similar (from Mid-American Folk-lore):

    l had an old mule, his name was Jack. l rode his tail to save his back. His tail got loose and l fell back. Whoa Jack. l put him in the stable. He crawled through a crack, And skinned his navel…

  5. Duane Says:

    I had a little dog and his name was Jack
    I tied his tail to the railroad track…

    Along come a train, Choo choo choo, cut that dog tail smack in two…

    I’m gonna get me a hammer and get me a nail and make that doggy a wooden tail.

  6. Bob Says:

    I had an old mule
    his name was Jack
    I put him in a barn
    and he jumped threw a crack

    He jumped so high
    that he touched the sky
    and didn’t come back
    ’till the fourth of July

  7. nancy tillery Says:

    i had a little pony his name was jack put in the stall and he peed out the crack

  8. Corrine Says:

    Below is the version my dad sang to us and then to his grandchildren. We loved it and thought it was hilarious. He died 4 years ago so i can’t ask him but I think I remember my Grandfather singing it too. He knew lots of similar silly songs. This was in Prince Edward Island Canada and my family is of Irish decent.

    I had a little dog and his name was Jack
    He pooped all over the railroad track
    The train came by, the poop flew high,
    And hit ‘ole (insert name of choice) square in the eye!

  9. A.P. Mesirow Says:

    To the poster “Tammy”:

    The only little bit I know of the song seems to be similar to what you are looking for. It’s been a while since you posted, but I hope this can be of some use to you.

    I had a little mule, his name was Jack
    I rode him to the store, I rode him back
    I rode him in the kitchen, under a chair
    He fell in the slop bucket up to his ears

    My grandmother sang this song to me when I was little, along with a few other old “country nursery rhymes” (as I call them). It seems like we sang both “to town,” and, “to the store”. And instead of “in the kitchen, under a chair”, our version features “into the kitchen, jumped over the table and under a chair”, and there’s supposed to be a pause (like a punchline, I guess) before the final line so it will sync up. Because the line is so long I shortened it right now. Anyway, if the lyrics you’re looking for happen to be a variation of what I know, you can make some easy substitutions (yours is about a pony, not a mule) and hopefully come up with what you need. Also, I have to say your song has a much nicer ending than mine! Hope it helped (by the way, I’m only posting because of what you wrote). Bye.

    A.P. Mesirow
    (Carter) (Milton)

  10. Rod Chapman Says:

    I had a little dog and his name was Jack,
    He liked to sit on the railroad track.
    The train came along and there was a splat,
    There laid my little dog on the track.

  11. Cindy Says:

    My dad (a new grandpa) just started singing this song to my son, but he cant remember any more verses. I’d love to know more!

    I had a little dog, his name was Jack,
    hitched his tale to a railroad track,
    along came a train, choo-choo-choo,
    cut that little dog’s tail in two.

    Toot a loo, toot a loo, singing polly wally doodle all day,
    goin to Louisiana, for to see my Suseanna,
    singin polly wally doodle all day.

    Had a little monkey, took him to the country,
    fed him on ginger-bread,
    hankle-spankle shot him in the ankle,
    now my monkey’s dead.

    Toot a loo, toot a loo, singin polly wally doodle all day,
    goin to Lousiana, for to see my Suseanna,
    singing polly wally doodle all day.

  12. Susan Says:

    My Grandmother, born in 1910, taught us this, one of her favorites. I named my dog Jack in her honor

    I had a little dog and his name was Jack
    and he did ( a loud raspberry sound inserted here) on the railroad track
    Along came a train, and the wind blew high
    and all the (sound again) went in the conductors eye!

    Fond memories!

  13. Brian Says:

    Atlantic Canadian version. My dad used to sing this to me when I was a kid.

    Well I had a little dog, and his name was Jack,
    And he peed all over the railway track.
    Well the train came by, and the pee flew high,
    And it hit the conductor right in the eye.

  14. Nadine Langwell Thompson Says:

    Had an old horse, his name was Jack.
    I rode his tail to save his back.
    His tail fell off and I fell back.
    That’s what I got for riding old Jack

  15. Nadine Langwell Thompson Says:

    Had a little dog, his name was Rover,
    when he died, he died all over,
    All but his tail and it turned over.

  16. Ailljack Says:

    My Grandfather sang: “I had an old mule, his name was Jack
    put’em in the barn and he jumped out the crack
    went down the road, and he never came back
    I had an old mule, & his name was Jack.

  17. Curt Rogers Says:

    My grandmother taught me this song:

    I had a little dog
    And his name was Jack.
    He sat right down
    On a railroad track.
    Along came a big train
    Choo-choo-choo
    And cut my little doggie’s tail in two.

  18. Daniel Norwood Says:

    Had an old mule
    his name was Jack
    his eyes was red as charcoal

    I picked up a stick
    hit him in the d**k
    and fire flew from his ***hole

  19. Tom Says:

    This was one of my father’s favorites. Born in 1921 I’m sure he got it from his father who was from rural NW CT. They both had a slew of these ditties:

    “I had a dog and his name was Jack,
    Followed me down to the railroad track,
    Along came a train with a Choo Choo Choo,
    Cut my poor dog’s tail in two.”

    That was it, no extra line, but he would howl like an injured dog after it.

  20. Carl Says:

    I had me a mule and his name was Jack…
    Tied him up to the railroad track.
    Here comes the train! “Toot-Toot-Toot!”
    Ole Jack brayed an went: “Pooot-Pooot-Pooot!”

  21. Dee Says:

    My grandfather use to sing a similair song to me: I had a little monkey put in the country, fed him on gingerbread. I say Brasso Brasso, kick him in the a**o. Now my little monkey’s dead.

  22. Anthony spinelli Says:

    I had a little mule his name was Jack,he pooped all over the railroad track.When the train came by,the poop flew high and hit the conductor right in the eye.

  23. Felecia Says:

    my pap taught me this was I was wee little…
    Had a little dog
    His name was jack
    Put him in the corner
    And he peed out his crack.

    There was much more to this song from a wishing well to a railroad track but can’t for the life of me remember this whole song. But it popped into my head the other day and have been trying to maybe google it but can’t seem to find it

  24. Jordan Says:

    My grandfather always sang:

    Had a little mule
    His name was Jack
    Took him down to the railroad track
    Along came a train, said ‘toot, toot, toot’
    My little mule went ‘poot, poot, poot’!

  25. Tommie Says:

    There once was a mule, his name was Jack,
    Tied his tail to the railroad track,
    Along came a train, “toot-y, toot, toot”
    Pulled old Jack’s tail out
    By the root-y root root
    POOOOOR Jack

  26. Tracy Flippen Says:

    This is what my father-in-law used to get his niece in trouble with at Sunday school as she shared whatever her Uncle Jimmy told her, mortifying her mother:

    I had a little mule. I fed him lots of corn. He lifted up his tail and tooted like a horn.

  27. Lisa Says:

    Very funny!

  28. Maggie Says:

    My daddy told me this poem about 70 years ago. I had a little dog his name was Jack, put him in the barn and he peed out out a crack, and he pooped on the floor and wiped his butt on the knob of the door. Maggie Shepherd

  29. Jodi Fetzer Says:

    My Grandmother sang!! I had a little dog and his name was Jack . I took him down to the railroad track . Along came a train with a choo choo choo. And cut my little dogs tail into!!

  30. Hope Says:

    My dad(born 1913) use to say, “I had a little dog, and his name was Jack. I put him in the stable and he jumped through the crack”.

  31. Cheryl Says:

    My dad (born 1934) sang this:

    I had a dog whose name was Rover,
    Rover died when he was a pup.
    He could stand upon his hind legs,
    if you held his front legs up.

    I always wondered if it was a real song or just something he made up.

  32. Dan Says:

    My grandfather often sang us a song when we were growing up. He was born in 1889. His song was very similar to the Little Dog Jack songs listed above. Grandpa’s version went like this.

    Had a little dog, his name was Jack. Put him in the frying pan, he came out black. Chick has a short tail, chick can’t fly.

  33. Jordan Ballew Says:

    My grandpa used to always say to us:
    Had a little pony and his name was Jack
    Put him in the barn and he peed through the crack!

  34. Nikki Tilley Says:

    My neighbor always taught me songs to sing when I was little (this being the cleaniest haha!!)

    I had a dog, his name was Jack.
    Tied his tail to the railroad track.
    Long came a train,
    Went Choo, Choo, Choo..
    My little dog went poo, poo, poo!! :)

  35. Molotov Says:

    Had a mule, his name was Jack,
    Rode his tail to save his back,
    Backbone broke and marrow flew,
    (Whoa Jack…or Get along Jack)

    There was more, but I haven’t heard it since I was like seven, so the last line is lost. I love this thread and all of the different versions of a childhood favorite! If anyone has heard this take on it, please get in touch!

  36. Dave Says:

    I had a little dog and his name was Jack, and he pooped all over the railroad track. When the train came by, the poop flew high, hit the conductor right in the eye.

  37. Mick Says:

    This is a version my late wife sung to our son while he rode her leg while playing. I had a horse whose name was jack, I rode his tail to save his back, tail flew up! Head flew back! WOAH! Jack
    That’s how I remember it. I just loved it and so did he.

  38. Namcy Says:

    I had a little mule
    His name was jack
    I rode his tail
    To save his back

    His tail broke
    I fell off
    That’s what gave me
    The whooping cough!

  39. James Says:

    My nana used to sing it like this:

    I had a little dog
    His name was jack
    He liked to sit on the railroad track
    One day the train came so very fast
    It knocked poor Jack right on his a$$.

  40. ReneeMarr Says:

    My dad taught me something a little different. Funny thing is, on our way home from church one Sunday in Fayette Co GA about 8 years ago. We heard part of this on the radio played by the Georgia state college playing OLD music.

    I hah a little dog, his name was Jack.
    Took him down by the railroad track.
    Along came a train and ran over him.
    Peanut butter!!!

    Dad from MD, said there was lots more with many animals and verses. But I will never forget the surprise of my kids hearing it on the radio. I sure would love to hear the whole record.
    Renee Marr. GA

  41. Lisa Says:

    That’s interesting Renee, I think that version is a combination of two songs.

  42. George Manns Says:

    I had an ole mule his name was Bob
    I fed him some corn, but he ate the cob
    His belly got round and his feet got flat
    And on that cob ole Bob got fat

    From my grandpa in Eastern Ky.

  43. Ezra Says:

    My mom, from the west coast originally, always sang this to us. She would bounce us on her knee. Especially high on the word popped, and would stretch out the word back while she leaned our heads back. I have yet to see a kid who doesn’t love this.

    I had an old pony,
    His name was Jack.
    I rode on his tail,
    To save his back.

    His tail POPPED off,
    And I fell baaaaack.
    And that was the end of my little black jack.

  44. Mike Abney Says:

    I had a Lil dog and his name was jack I put him in a box and he jumped out a crack. Along came a choo choo and cut off his tail he’s a short tail puppy now

    Oh where oh where did my Lil dog go.
    Oh where oh where could he be…
    With his ears long and his tail cut short
    Oh where oh where can he be…

    Woof woof!!!

  45. Katrina Says:

    My grandfather used to sing a version of this to us:

    I had a little dog, his name was Jack
    He s*** all over the railroad track
    The train came by, the s*** flew high
    and hit the conductor right in the eye

    hahahah

Leave a Reply