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Taj Mahal

She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride (3:28)

A blues standard written by Taj Mahal and James Rachell. The song was first recorded for Taj Mahal's 1968 album The Natch'l Blues, and is one of Mahal's most famous tunes. It has since been covered many times, and is included on the soundtrack for the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers (the song plays over the opening credits, as Jake Blues leaves prison). According to John Belushi's widow, it was Belushi's favorite blues song.

The "Katy" refers to the Missouri… read more


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  • Not bad, but look at the version from Blues Brother's . I think it's better
  • funkieeeeeeeeeeee
  • Thirty-five years listening to this great song and never understood the "Katy" reference. Thank you @HODBass and @Tucanista!
  • The Katy was the MKT railroad .
  • The "Katy" in the song refers to the Missouri Kansas and Texas railroad, whose nickname was the Katy.
  • Hi LondonLouis, I once heard a guy sing "Caddy" instead of Katy. So that would be a - well - a Cadillac maybe? Makes sense to me: Caddy and a mule....
  • What would the "Katy" be which she caught? (am genuinely curious).
  • Ciao
  • bon
  • Still crazy 'bout that hard headed woman o'mine..............................OK Then!

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