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.
(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!
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