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For a very similar, but longer, text see Pound, No 103. The present version was sung in 1935 by Mr. Otis Evilsizer, Alger; obtained by his daughter, Mrs. Maude Simpson, Detroit.
1    Old Johnson had a big gray mule; He drove him around in a cart.
He loved that mule and the mule loved him
With all his mulish heart.
The rooster crowed and Johnson knowed
That day was going to break;
So he curried that mule with a three-legged stool,
And he smoothed him down with a rake;
And then that mule would say, "Heehaw!"
And he smoothed him down with a rake.
2   He fed that mule on old boot legs And hunks of yellow clay,
Some shavings and some wooden pegs, That was his oats and hay.
One day the mule was going across the field,
And he found an old hoop skirt;
He commenced at once to make a meal
On old rusty wire and dirt.
That night he took a fever,
And it settled in his feet;
Before next morn the mule had gone
To walk in the golden street;
And then that mule would say, "Heehaw!"
And he smoothed him down with a hoe.

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