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Performances Song History

She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride

Vocals: Mike

Original Artist: Taj Mahal

Original Album: The Natch'l Blues (1968)

Debut: 1986-12-06

Historian: Jeremy Welsh

Last Update: 2016-02-21

Released on Taj Mahal’s Natch’l Blues, “She Caught the Katy” tells a story of unrequited love in a light-hearted manner. Phish has also covered “Corrina” off of the same original album.

Taj Mahal, “She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride”

Phish performed this blues number on four known occasions through 1988 (12/6/86, 4/29/87, 8/29/87 and 7/30/88). After eleven years and over one thousand shows , Phish broke-out “She Caught the Katy” at the Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix on 7/21/98. This funked-out version flowed out of a very strong “Ghost” at the end of the second set, and segued into “Funky Bitch” (a notable ending to the show, with Mike singing the last two numbers). It would take another 323 concerts before “She Caught the Katy” would once again see the Phish stage. This time, on 12/28/10, during the second of two nights in Worcester, MA. 

Phish, “She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride” – 12/28/10, Worcester, MA

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