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Re: Another mule kickin' in your stall

Posted by ESC on September 14, 2003

In Reply to: Another mule kickin' in your stall posted by Anders on September 13, 2003

: I take the expression from Muddy Water's "Long Distance Call," cf. link. I'm guessing in the context it means "she has another man." Any comments on meaning, origin or level of formality? It is slang, obviously, but is it vulgar?
: Thank you
: Anders

Well, "kicking" in the stall or in the barn is a common theme. I would say, yes, it's vulgar. It means sex. Animals would ordinarily mate out in the field. But valuable horses are sometimes mated under human supervision so no injury will occur. So I'm guessing that's why the kicking might take place in the barn or the stall.

Any farmers who can clarify this?

Other songs that include this reference are "Evil" as sung by Howling Wolf and "Whole Lot of Shaking" sung by Jerry Lee Lewis. I have heard the line changed to "chicken in the barn" for JLL's song. But that doesn't make a lot of sense.

Evil (is going on)

You're a long way from home
And you can't sleep at night
Grab your telephone
Now something ain't right
And that's evil
Evil
Going home baby
I said I'm warning you brothers
You'd better watch your happy home

Long way from home
And you can't sleep at night
Feels like another mule's kickin' in my stall
And that's evil...

Whole Lot A Shakin' Goin' On
Jerry Lee Lewis

Come on over baby
Whole lotta shakin' goin' on
Yes I said come on over baby
Baby you can't go wrong
We ain't fakin' Whole lotta shakin' goin' on

Well I said come on over baby
We got kickin' in the barn
oooh huh.
Come over baby baby
Baby got the bull by the horn
We ain't fakin' it
Whole lot of shakin' goin' on...