Old Darling

DESCRIPTION: Singer, a mule-driver, describes driving his team at a fast pace when Old Darling (the boss) reproaches him for breaking the rules. The singer offers to break Mr. Darling; then tells listeners not to tow to Slocum, because the food is rotten.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Beck)
KEYWORDS: warning work boss animal
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Beck 31, "Old Darling" (1 text)
Roud #8855
NOTES: In the early days, the teamsters in the pinewoods drove oxen, later horses and (less often) mules.
The last verse is almost certainly tacked on from a completely different song. - PJS
File: Be031

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