Billy Grimes The Rover

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional

Perfomed by Jerry Garcia with the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers in 1962. Thanks to Matt Schofield for the lyrics:

Tomorrow morn I'll be sixteen
And Billy Grimes the rover
Has popped the question to me, ma
Wants to be my lover

And he'll be here in the morning, ma
He'll be here quite early
Take a pleasant walk with him
Across the fields of barley

Oh daughter dear you shall not go
There is no use a'talkin'
You shall not go with Billy Grimes
Across the fields a'walkin'

Imagine such presumption too
The dirty, ugly rover
I wonder where your pride has gone
To think of such a lover

Oh mama dear I must confess
That Billy is quite clever
With an ounce of gold we'd not be found
In this wide world all over

Oh daughter dear I am surprised
At this infatuation
Think of having Billy Grimes
It would be ruination

Oh mama dear old Grimes is dead
And Billy is the only
Surviving heir of all that's left
About six thousand yearly

Oh daughter dear I did not hear
Your last remark quite clearly
Billy is a nice young lad
And no doubt loves you dearly

Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography

 


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