Traditional song about the Erie Canal in upstate New York.
Peak: #286 (150,036 songs currently in Acoustic)
Peak in sub-genre: #26 (13,407 songs currently in Folk)
February 11, 2006
MP3 3.7 MB, bitrate 128 kbps.
Anne Price 2004 (arrangement)
Story behind the song
In the fashion of many canal songs, the boatmen are mocked as "sailors." In this song the canal boat was dragged by mules who were "spavined," or old and lame from spavin, a kind of equine arthritis. "Duck your nut" means lower your head because you are approaching a bridge.