"Flop eared mule" is a melody which has no easily defined origin, though having all finger-pointing to Detroit, as Mark Wilson believes the tune to be a polka of probable central European origin. While Ford holds that the tune is derived from College Schottische which bears close similarity with. others point to an origin in Detroit. It has been given a number of descriptions. Lovett described it as Military Schottische/ barn dance. Bronner states that Northern United states fiddlers often mentioned to him that that the piece was an old-time tube for a Schottische dance also called barn dance, which was popular in New York before the Second world war. Paul Gifford However commented it seems reasonable to assume that the "flop-eared mule" was Detroit Schottische. A three-part melody was written and published in 1854, a dancing master who owned a music store in Detroit. The melody is often recorded in the 78 RPM era and has some 40 recordings. The earliest of these recordings were done by Kentucky-born William B. Houchens (1884-c.1955). some artist like the Kessinger Brothers (1929), and the Skillet Lickers (1930). Doc Roberts (1928), Arkansas "Arkie" Woodchopper (1940) had their own versions. ‘flatback’ was also linked to the first strain of ‘Flop-eared Mule” and “quadriller Champion 4eme partie’ also does the same thing.