Take the Road Less Traveled

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor 

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Low Bridge!

Mules on the Old Erie Canal in Canastota, NY
Mules on the Old Erie Canal in Canastota, NY

Since no trip to the Erie Canal would be complete without hearing our theme song at least once, we invite you to enjoy Low Bridge (The Erie Canal Song). When the song was written in 1905, mules like Sal where fading from the canal landscape as steam and diesel powered boats replaced the mule-towed canal boats of the 1800s. The song memorialized life on the Erie Canal and remains the most well known—and loved—song of the Erie Canal.

Low Bridge
by Thomas Allen

I've got an old mule and her name is Sal
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
She's a good old worker and a good old pal
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
We've hauled some barges in our day
Filled with lumber, coal, and hay
And every inch of the way we know
From Albany to Buffalo

Chorus:
Low bridge, everybody down
Low bridge for we're coming to a town
And you'll always know your neighbor
And you'll always know your pal
If you've ever navigated on the Erie Canal

We'd better look 'round for a job old gal
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
'Cause you bet your life I'd never part with Sal
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
Git up there mule, here comes a lock
We'll make Rome 'bout six o'clock
One more trip and back we'll go
Right back home to Buffalo

Chorus

Oh, where would I be if I lost my pal?
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
Oh, I'd like to see a mule as good as Sal
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal
A friend of mine once got her sore
Now he's got a busted jaw,
'Cause she let fly with her iron toe,
And kicked him in to Buffalo.

Chorus

 

Last updated: March 30, 2015