1411. Boatman J.P. Mose

After night and fall of the year, when days were short and the nights were long, steering a canal boat was a pretty lonely job and it was a sleepy job. You could keep and stand at the tiller stand; well you had to do something to keep awake. Well lots of people blow the horn. A lot of people sang – well that’s what I did. I had a song I use to sing about an old mule, and it went something like this: “I had an old mule and her name was Elle. She spent 15 years on the C&O Canal. She was a good old mule and a good old gal. After 15 years on the C&O Canal. I ate my meals with Elle every day. I eat meat and she’d eat hay. Good old mule and a good old gal. After 15 years on the C&O Canal. Hit that mule and make that lock. You’ll be home by 6 o’ clock. Good old mule and a good old gal. After 15 years on the C&O Canal. She was a good old mule and a good old gal. After 15 years on the C&O Canal.”