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If You Ever Live on the Erie Canal!
Robert Meade
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Do you understand that they were singing Sal's Erie Canal 24 hours a day? Can you imagine anyone complaining about the music? They would just keep singing and say, "Let me unharness these mules first!" Then they would stop singing and start explaining that this was all about Sal. If they kept objecting to the music, they would keep emphasizing that it was for Sal! Finally Sal who was standing by looking harmless would just kick the interloper, probably killing them on the spot. If the law came, they would probably say, "Sal did it! Try to find out which one is Sal."

Sal's Erie Canal

Summary: For auld lang syne. A tribute to Jerry Garcia's Irish Tree.

She's a perfect lady, and she blushes like a gal. If you sing about her and the Erie Canal.

I've got a mule, her name is Sal, Fifteen years on the Erie Canal! She's a good lil' worker and a good ol' pal, Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal! We've hauled some barges in our day, Filled with lumber, coal, and hay. And ev'ry inch of the way we know, From Albany to Buffalo!


Low bridge, ev'rybody down! Low bridge, we're com-in to the town! And you'll always know your neighbor, You'll always know your pal. If you ever lived on the Erie Canal!

We'd better look round for a job old gal, Fifteen years on the Erie Canal! Bet your life I wouldn't part with Sal, Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal! Get up there, gal, here comes a lock, We'll make Rome 'bout six o'clock! So, it's one more trip and then we'll go, Right straight back to Buffalo!


Oh, where would I be if I lost my pal? Fifteen years on the Erie Canal! Oh, I'd like to see a mule as good as Sal, Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal! A friend of mine once got her sore, Twas out behind the country store. Then she let fly with her iron toe, And kicked him clear to Buffalo!


Don't have to call when I want my Sal, Fifteen years on the Erie Canal! She trots from her stall like a good old gal, Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal! I eat my meals with Sal each day, I eat beef, and she eats hay. And she ain't too slow if you want to know, She put the "Buff" in Buffalo!


You'll soon hear them sing about Sal, Fifteen years on the Erie Canal! It's a darn fine song 'bout darn fool Sal, Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal! Oh, any band will play it soon, Darn fool words and darn fool tune. You'll hear it ev'rywhere you go, From Mexico to Buffalo!!!!

Bobby Meade Israel Deaf Messenger The Lord's 11 AM EDT July 22, 2007

PS: Do you doubt that was Sal's Erie Canal? Those mules were probably the toughest animals that ever lived, and every one of them was named Sal, they "..wouldn't take a Willy or a Sam!" They would sing this song to the mules, and the mules would keep moving because they would know that the whole scenario was about them pulling those barges. They were probably the beefiest animals that there were, for pulling a barge is harder than plowing or anything else that such animals have ever done. When the truth of the matter sinks in, I bet that canal will become known as Sal's Erie Canal. From Fools of Babylon 9/30 Latest: GHW Bush; Friend of the Devil!

Robert Meade
Binghamton, NY
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