Recorded by Jimmie Rodgers as Blue Yodel No. 8, and later a hit for Bill Monroe as Mule Skinner Blues, this is by far the more widely performed version. A version with rewritten lyrics was recorded by Monroe in 1950 but rarely performed by him before or after.

The original lyrics begin: ''Good morning captain, good morning shine
Do you need another mule skinner out on your new mud line''

Annotation last modified on 2019-01-18 20:31 UTC.


lyricist and composer:Jimmie Rodgers (country music pioneer, died in 1933)
part of:Blue Yodels by Jimmie Rodgers (order: 8)
Wikidata:Q6933894 [info]
later versions:New Mule Skinner Blues (revised lyrics, first recorded by Bill Monroe ca. 1950)


1930-07-11Blue Yodel #8 (Mule Skinner Blues) (The Singing Brakeman, cd 3)Jimmie Rodgers3:00
1930-07-11 – 1955-03-18Blue Yodel #8 (Mule Skinner Blues) (The Singing Brakeman, cd 6, 1955 overdubs)Jimmie Rodgers, Rainbow Ranch Boys2:49
1939-11-25Muleskinner Blues (Grand Ole Opry's NBC "Prince Albert Show")Bill Monroe3:09
1940-10-07Mule Skinner Blues (1940-10-07)Bill Monroe2:45
1948-06-05New Mule Skinner Blues (live, 1948-06-05: Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN, US)liveBill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys3:45
1962-07-02Muleskinner Bluescover and liveBob Dylan1:13
1962-07-02Muleskinner Blues (Part 2)cover and liveBob Dylan1:31
1963-07-26Mule Skinner Blues (live, 1963-07-26: Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI, USA)liveBill Monroe2:28
1963-11-16Muleskinner Blues (live, 1963-11-16: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA, USA)liveBill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys2:32
1964-10Mule Skinner Blues (live, 1964)liveBill Monroe2:31
1964-11-01Muleskinner BluesliveThe Country Gentlemen3:58
1965-07-24Muleskinner BluesliveBill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys2:22
1968Muleskinner Blues (Blue Yodel No.8)liveVern & Ray with Herb Pedersen2:20
1971-01-13Mule Skinner Blues (1971 studio)Bill Monroe2:48
1973-03-27 – 1973-04-13Muleskinner BluesMuleskinner3:17
1973-06-17Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel #8) (live, 1973-06-17: Bean Blossom, IN, USA)liveBill Monroe3:49
1973-10-01Muleskinner Bluescover and liveOld & In the Way2:57
1974-03-18Muleskinner Blues (live, 1974-03-18: Neely Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA)liveBill Monroe3:26
1975-05-17Muleskinner Blues (live, 1975-05-17: Neusüdende, Germany)liveBill Monroe2:58
1976-04-03Mystery Train, Mule Skinner Bluescover, live and medleyKingfish8:27
1983-12-15Mule Skinner Blues (live, 1983-12-15: The Bottom Line, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA)liveBill Monroe3:28
1983Muleskinner BluescoverTony Rice4:20
1989-05-21Mule Skinner Blues (live, 1989-05-21: Charleston, WV, USA)liveBill Monroe2:51
1989-07-30Muleskinner BluesliveBill Monroe?:??
1989-07-30Muleskinner Blues (live, 1989-07-30: Streekermoor, Germany)liveBill Monroe3:18
1995-10-02Muleskinner BluescoverLonnie Donegan feat. Van Morrison4:34
1995-10-09Mule Skinner BluescoverVan Morrison4:33
1998-11Mule Skinner Bluescover and liveVan Morrison, Lonnie Donegan & Chris Barber3:06
2006-09-15Muleskinner Blues (live, 2006-09-15: Austin City Limits, Austin, TX, USA)cover and liveVan Morrison5:49
Blue Yodel #8 (1960-09-xx: Bob Dylan's home, Minneapolis, MN, USA)coverBob Dylan0:55
Mule Skinner BluescoverThe Fendermen2:22
Mule Skinner Blues (live, 196x: Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN, USA)liveThe Osborne Brothers2:59
Mule Skinner BluesThe Fendermen2:25
Mule Skinner BluesJim Shumate3:08
Mule Skinner BluesThe Fendermen2:20
Mule Skinner BluescoverThe Daughters of American Bluegrass3:29
Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)Dolly Parton3:10
Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)coverThe Ric Sanders Trio3:50
Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)coverMerle Haggard3:24
Muleskinner Bluescover and liveBob Dylan?:??
Muleskinner BluesBilly & Terry Smith3:35
Muleskinner Blues (live, 1990-06-15: Bean Blossom, Indiana, USA)Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys2:47
Muleskinner Bluescover and liveStompin' Tom Connors3:24
Muleskinner Blues (live, 1968-07: The Hay Barn, Shepherd, TX, USA)liveBill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys?:??
Muleskinner Blues (1960-05-01: The Home Of Karen Wallace, St. Paul, MN, USA)coverBob Dylan2:09
Muleskinner Blues (1962-07-02: Finjan Club, Montréal, QC, Canada)cover and liveBob Dylan3:10
Muleskinner Blues (1960-05-01: The Home Of Karen Wallace, St. Paul, MN, USA)cover and partialBob Dylan0:44
Muleskinner BluescoverThe Cramps2:49
Muleskinner Blues (1960-05-01: The Home Of Karen Wallace, St. Paul, MN, USA)coverBob Dylan2:54
Muleskinner Blues (Almost) (1962-07-02: Finjan Club, Montreal, QC, Canada)Bob Dylan3:07
Muleskinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids2:30
Muleskinner Blues (Finjan club, Montreal)cover and liveBob Dylan?:??
Muleskinner Blues, Part 2 (Finjan club, Montreal)cover and liveBob Dylan?:??