(from Canal Water & Whiskey: Tall Tales from the Erie Canal Country, by Marvin Rapp)
We are Digging the Ditch through the mire
Through the mud and the slime and the mire, by heck
And the mud is our principal hire,
Up our pants, in our shirt, down our neck, by heck
We are digging through gravel, and mud and slime
So people and products can travel on time.