“Old Darling”


Singer, a mule-driver, describes driving his team at a fast pace when Old Darling (the boss) reproaches him for breaking the rules. The singer offers to break Mr. Darling; then tells listeners not to tow to Slocum, because the food is rotten.


In the early days, the teamsters in the pinewoods drove oxen, later horses and (less often) mules.

The last verse is almost certainly tacked on from a completely different song. - PJS


  1. Beck 31, "Old Darling" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8855
  3. BI, Be031


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Keywords: warning work boss animal
Found in: US(MW)