"Scent Of A Mule" as written by Steve Bogard and Brett James....
Kitty Malone sat on a mule,was riding in style

When suddenly, like the sound of a buzzard's breaking

Kity felt laser beams being fired at her head

She said, "I hate laser beams

And you never done see me askin'

For a UFO in Tomahawk County"


Well she kicked the mule and it walked the path

And the aliens fired from behind

Till she stopped the mule and she kicked the rump

And the big old mule took a big old dump


Scent of a mule, you better watch out where you go

Take your laser beams away

Scent of a mule, you better watch out where you go

You better stop that laser game

Or you'll smell my mule


She felt the fire against her neck and it saddened her to feel it burn

When suddenly, like the sound of a breeding Holstein

Kitty said, "Stop, we ain't lookin' for fightin'

In Tomahawk County."


A little guy from the UFO

Came on out and said his name was Joe

She said, "Come on over for some lemonade

Just follow me now with the whole brigade"


repeat chorus


They walked into her cabin shack, they had never seen a southern home

And they liked it, better than their UFO

They liked it, they really liked it

They said, "Here's a place of elegance

Here we shower ourselves in lightness"


repeat chorus


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    General Commentwhy hasn't anyone posted here? this is such a fun fun song! i love phish
    so much fun
    youenjoymyselfon April 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentnothing is more fun than Rockin Blue grass and UFO's!
    on to Coventry!!!
    monkeymanallahon May 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfavorite Phish song. Also the only country song I know with laser beams in it.
    Bluejay Fusionon December 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAliens, rednecks, Mule shit, and my fav Phish line EVER:

    "Here's a place of elegance
    Here we shower ourselves in lightness"
    phlyme2themoonon April 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG! One of my favorites live! My best friends name is Kitty Malone!
    sara smiles backon December 04, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningLeave it to Phish to come up with a bluegrass song, played at breakneck speed, about a UFO invasion of the American south, one that's thwarted when the heroine shows them her "southern home"..."and they liked it, they really liked it"!

    This song is a treat in concert(for those who have not had the privilege of having heard this live, pick up Live Phish 02)...Trey and Mike have what's known as a "Mule Duel" in of all styles Klezmer. Brilliant fun, to say the least.
    lancelot323on September 23, 2009   Link

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