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Re: She took the katy, left me a mule to ride

Posted by Bob on March 14, 2006

In Reply to: She took the katy, left me a mule to ride posted by michael kline on March 14, 2006

: I have been listening to a song by Taj Mahal...the title is "She took the katy, left me a mule to ride.? I have surmised that katy must be some kind of transportation, but am not really sure of that. Some/any enlightenment in this regard would be appreciated.

googled the lyrics, and found a footmote:

She caught the Katy1, and left me a mule2 to ride
She caught the Katy, and left me a mule to ride
My baby caught the Katy, left me a mule to ride
The train pulled out, and I swung on behind
I'm crazy 'bout her, that hardheaded woman of mine

Man my baby's long, great god she's mighty, she's tall
You know my baby's long, great god she's mighty, my baby she's tall
Well my baby she's long, my baby she's tall
She sleeps with her head in the kitchen and her big feet out in the hall
And I'm still crazy 'bout her, that hardheaded woman of mine

Well I love my baby, she's so fine
I wish she'd come and see me some time
If you don't believe I love her, look what a hole I'm in
If you don't believe I'm sinking, look what a shape I'm in

She caught the Katy, and left me a mule to ride
She caught the Katy, and left me a mule to ride
Well my baby caught the Katy, left me a mule to ride
The train pulled out, and I swung on behind
I'm crazy 'bout her, that hardheaded woman, hardheaded woman of mine

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Note 1: Katy, or KT, which stands for Kansan and Texas Railroad (K&T);
Note 2: mule, refers to a slower moving, local train. Actual meaning of mule: a hybrid between a horse and a donkey, in particular the offspring of a male donkey and a mare. In this case it's metaphor for a slow transport.