Erie Canal

Story Behind The Song

I grew up near the canal so it became a part of my history. Syracuse was my home and the canal went through the city. I also lived in Palmyra N Y that the canal also went through so my kids could and did walk the tow path.

Song Description

Story of the folks that walked the toe path of the Erie canal

Song Length 4:10 Genre Folk - Americana, Folk - General
Tempo Slow (71 - 90) Lead Vocal Female Vocal
Mood Sociable, Endearing Subject Region
Language English Era 1800 - 1899

Lyrics

Lyrics
Erie Canal

I've got a mule and her name is Sal,
15 miles on the Erie Canal
She's a good ol' worker and a good ol' pal,,
15 miles on the Erie Canal

We've hauled some barges in our day,
filled with lumber, coal, and hay
and we know every inch of the way,
from Albany to Buffalo

Chorus:
Low bridge, everybody down
Low bridge, for we're go'n to a town
and you'll always know neighbor
You'll always know your pal,
if you've ever navigate on the Erie Canal

We'd better get along on our way, old gal,
15 miles on the Erie Canal
'cause you bet your life I'd never part with Sal,
15 miles on the Erie Canal

Git up there mule, here comes a lock
we'll make Rome 'bout six o'clock
One more trip and back we'll go
right back home to Buffalo

Chorus:
Low bridge, everybody down!
Low bridge for we're go'n to a town
and you'll always know neighbor
You'll always know your pal
if you've ever navigate on the Erie Canal

Oh, where would I be if I lost my pal?
15 miles on the Erie Canal
Oh, I'd like to see a mule as good as Sal
15 miles on the Erie Canal

A friend of mine once got her sore,
now he's got a broken jaw
Cause she let fly with an iron toe,
and kicked him back to Buffalo

Chorus:
Low bridge, everybody down!
Low bridge, for we're go'n to a town
and you'll always know neighbor,
You'll always know your pal,
if you've ever navigate on the Erie Canal

I've got a mule and her name is Sal,
15 miles on the Erie Canal
She's a good ol' worker an' a good ol' pal,
15 miles on the Erie Canal

Git up there mule here comes a lock,
we'll make Rome 'bout 6 o'clock
One more trip and back we'll go,
right back home to Buffalo

Chorus:
Low bridge, everybody down!
Low bridge, for we're go'n to a town
and you'll always know neighbor,
You'll always know your pal,
if you've ever navigate on the Erie Canal

Sing, along the way for we are going
through a town, a way along the,
Erie Canal


Here's a really sweet rendition of the traditional folk song. I never get tired of hearing this sweet Delta voice singing the old folk songs. Love the harmonies and plinking banjo. What an interesting ending she put on this song. You can tell the artist did her research digging up old verses that I've never heard before. Great job!

pretty lead vocal,easy to make out the lyrics, good harmonies, band playing well to suit the song, unusual ending, enjoyed it

The lyrics are very fitting to the sound. This song has a very traditional folk feel as though from the 1800's. This would be a fantastic song for a period movie.

This is a throwback to the folk era of the sixties. Pretty cool retro vibe in every way. Uncle Pete would be pleased!

Is this a cover? seems like I've heard this song before. Its well done either way, great job. liked it>

reminds me of Tennessee Ernie Ford...
a good story...

This is a great version of the classic folk track errie cannal
the music and vocals are great.
enjoyable version you do it justice , the ending is unexpected which gives it a nice stamp of your own.

I LOVE the opening instrumentation - a lot. This is a very sweet song - and I'm taken back to when I listened to Peter Paul and Mary on my mom's lap. I really like the simplicity of the arrangement. I think the voices blend very well and work.

Great version of a classic. The soft blend of guitar and banjo is just wonderful, as are the voices that goes together with sweet and savory connection. Excelllent,great job!!

I always did like this song. This is a nice arrangement of this song. Great vocals and harmonies. I like the musical arrangement also. These old folk songs have a lot of meaning to them!!! They're from a time of struggle and hardship. Nice job Keep it up.

Lyrics traditional Music Joe Podlesny
Producer Joe Podlesny Publisher Joe Podlesny
Performance Delta Burnett Reed/music arranger joe podlesny Label Avocet studio
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