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The Paper Trains – The Troubled Mule lyrics

[Intro]
Once or twice roll the dice and pay no attention,
What’s a mule but a fool with blinkered intention?

[Verse 1]
Once upon a boat in the Med,
A man fell overboard and he sunk like pig lead.
Twice yeah he came up for air,
Fighting off the waves as they crashed on his head.
Three times he signalled distress venez m'aider.
Heard the shipping news but he chose to refuse,
And instead went ahead with his fishing cruise.
Four times shunning advice from the mainland.
Into the deep for his beauty sleep,
Now he’s off the coast of Corsica counting sheep.

[Bridge]
Like a stubborn old mule,
Self-seeking and cruel.
Knowing good from wrong,
Unordinarily headstrong.

[Verse 2]
Once upon a time in the west,
A woman stole a cotton gin to fix up her dress.
Twice on the run from the law,
‘Cos looting around never hurt no one before.
Three times she’s back in the town before sundown.
Got a big money game and she’s feeling the strain,
Turning tricks for the kicks of the men that came.
Four times her mother warned her baby don’t pilfer.
Well she ain’t Robin Hood ‘cos she stole from the good,
And now she’s lying in her own bed made of gopherwood.

[Bridge]
Like a stubborn old mule,
Self-seeking and cruel.
Knowing good from wrong,
Unordinarily headstrong.

[Chorus]
Once or twice roll the dice and pay no attention,
What’s a mule but a fool with blinkered intention?
Flip a dime in your prime hang the consequences,
Never sitting on fences ain’t got the time.

[Verse 3]
Once said the wolf to the boy,
You’d be better off if you followed my ploy.
Twice the ruse went ahead,
He carried out the wolf’s agenda just as it read.
Thrice the people discounted the warning.
So the wolf had a feast the flock’s value decreased,
And the boy took his joy when the herding ceased.
Four times rejected from other employment.
The plan went awry he was just the fall guy,
And the notion of promotion was a blatant lie.

[Bridge]
Like a stubborn old mule,
Self-seeking and cruel.
Knowing good from wrong,
Unordinarily headstrong.

[Chorus]
Once or twice roll the dice and pay no attention,
What’s a mule but a fool with blinkered intention?
Flip a dime in your prime hang the consequences,
Never sitting on fences ain’t got the time.
Never sitting on fences ain’t got the time.



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