White Mule Family - It’s A White Mule Christmas!

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WMF was a somewhat obscure hillbilly band from the backwoods of Tennessee, USA. This field recording, made in 1937 by noted musicologist Johan Lomax, is demonstrative of the true meaning of American roots music in the most authentical sense. As well as being a holiday classic, it cracked the door of time by peering deeply into the future. The words are provided at the bottom of this page so you can all sing, sing, sing along!

lyrics

I can still remember it was 1933
When I met Brother Doober in Backwash, Tennessee
He was playin’ purty, purty as can be
And that was the beginning of the White Mule Family

Well it’s a White Mule Christmas
There’s moonshine ‘neath our tree
Well it’s a White Mule Christmas
A dip for you and me
Yes it’s a White Mule Christmas
Let’s do that dosie doe
It’s a White Mule Christmas
I’m singing mighty low

We went to fight the Nazis in 1945
I can still remember when Doober was alive
We was in the Ardennes, we was takin’ zero crap
When Doober took that mortar shell directly in his lap.

Suddenly we’re floating free
Homer, Gomer, Goober – three
Doober’s just a memory…

But it’s a White Mule Christmas
And we love that mistletoe
Well it’s a White Mule Christmas
But we’re feelin’ kinda low
Yeah it’s a White Mule Christmas
We ain’t the Brothers Four
It’s a White Mule Christmas
The devil’s at the door

45 years later we was shoppin’ at the mall
Buying Christmas presents for Granny, Ma and Pa
Went to sit on Santa’s lap, he nodded in a stupor
A kid pulled on his whiskers, oh my god, it’s brother Doober

And it’s a White Mule Christmas
We’re a happy family
Well it’s a White Mule Christmas
And there’s moonshine ‘neath our tree
Yes it’s a White Mule Christmas
We’re feelin’ mighty fine
It’s a White Mule Christmas
On the Mason Dixon line

credits

from It's A Green Monkey Christmas!, released December 6, 2010
© White Mule Family Products
White Mule Family was: Homer, singin’ and Stella guitar; Gomer, bass fiddle and singin’; Goober, drummin’ and some singin’; Doober - RIP

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