Traditional song about the Erie Canal in upstate New York.
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Anne Price 2004 (arrangement)
February 11, 2006
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.