Grand Trunk Canal

Trad./Dusty Miller

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I've got a mule and her name is Sal
     - 15 miles on the Grand Trunk Canal
She's a good old worker and a good old pal
     - 15 miles on the Grand Trunk Canal
We've hauled some barges on our day, filled with pottery, coal and clay
And we know every inch of the way, from Preston Brook to Shardlow
Low bridge, get your head down, low bridge we're going through a town
You'll always know a boatman, he'll always be your pal
If you've ever navigated on the Grand Trunk Canal

We'd better look around for a job old pal
     - 15 miles on the Grand Trunk Canal
You bet your life I'd never part with Sal
     - 15 miles on the Grand Trunk Canal
Get up there mule, here comes a lock
We'll make Stoke about six o'clock
One more trip and back we'll go
Right back home to Shardlow

Where would I be if I lost my pal
     - 15 miles on the Grand Trunk Canal
I'd like to see a mule as good as Sal
     - 15 miles on the Grand Trunk Canal
A friend of mine once got her sore
Now he's got a broken jaw
'Cause she let fly with her iron toe
And kicked him off to Shardlow

You'll soon hear them sing about my pal
     - 15 miles on the Grand Trunk Canal
It's a fine ditty 'bout my old mule Sal
     - 15 miles on the Grand Trunk Canal
DPN will play it soon
Damn good words and damn good tune
You'll hear it sung before you go
From Preston Brook to Shardlow
A British version of the old American song 'The Erie Canal' written by the canal artist Dusty Miller and contributed by Dave Illingworth of the group DPN+1 (hence the reference in the last verse).