Whoa Back Buck

Lead Belly sang two versions of this song. One usedthe mule-driver appropriate "God Damn" and the other replaced it with "Cunningham" which Lead Belly thought was better for polite company.

The God Damn version:

The Cunningham version:

Here is a a discussion on the song over at Mudcat.org

Here is a composite of verses taken from different several
different sources.

Tom done buck and Bill won’t pull,
Papa gonna cut that other little bull.
Whoa back Buck, an’ gee by the Lamb!
Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam!

Whoa, Buck, an’ gee, by the Lamb!
Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam! (x2)
Whoa, goddam, an’-a whoa, goddam!
Who made the back-band? Whoa, goddam!

I taken my gal to the country store,
I bought my gal some calico,
I bought my gal some calico,
I taken my gal to the party-o

Me and my gal walkin’ down the road,
Her knees knock together playin’ “Sugar In The Gourd”,
Sugar in the gourd and the gourd in the ground,
If you want a little sugar got to roll the gourd around.

Eighteen, nineteen, twenty years ago,
I taken Sal to the party-o,
I taken Sal to the party-o,
Wouldn’ let her dance but a set or so.

18, 19–20 years ago,
Took my gal to the country store,
Took my gal to the country store,
Buy m’ pretty little gal little calico.

Chicken in the bread-tray, mighty good stuff,
Mama cook him chicken an’ he never get enough,
Jawbone eat an’-a jawbone talk,
Jawbone eat with a knife an’ fawk.

My old man’s good old man
Washed his face in a frying pan,
Combed his hair with a wagon wheel,
And died with a toothache in his heel.

Papa loved mama—mama loved men,(three times)
Mama’s in the graveyard and papa’s in the pen.

I gee to the mule but the mule wouldn’t gee, (3 times)
So I hit him side the head with the single tree.

I haw to the mule but the mule wouldn’t haw, (3 times)
So I broke his back with my mother-in-law.

Eastbound train on the westbound track
Westbound train on the eastbound track
Both those trains were running fine
But what a terrible way to run a railroad line!