Hey Bo Diddley

Lyrics: MacDaniel
Music: MacDaniel

The Grateful Dead played this a few times in 1972 and once with the Neville Brothers in 1986.

The Grateful Dead's own versions are often no more than a few repetitions of "Hey Bo Diddley-dee" included within "Not Fade Away." But Jerry Garcia sang a bit more on 23 May 1972:

Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley, have you heard?
My pretty baby said she was a bird
Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley, where you been?
Round the world, gonna go again

Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Confusingly, the "verse" above seems to come from Bo Diddley (a different song). The first two lines appear in Bo Diddley's original version of that song, and I have seen the second two lines in cover versions, so it may well be that Bo Diddley himself added them.

In spite of this, I have left the title as "Hey Bo Diddley" - which is how it is credited on "Steppin' Out ..." Note also that the version with Bo Diddley and the Dead on 25 March 1972 is definitely the song "Bo Diddley," even though it is titled "Hey Bo Diddley" on DP30.

The studio jam that Jerry Garcia recorded in 1976 contains a few more verses, also seemingly from Bo Diddley
:
Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Hey Bo Diddley-dee

Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley, have you heard?
Papa gonna buy you a mocking bird
If that mocking bird don't sing
Papa gonna buy you a diamond ring

If that diamond ring don't shine
Papa gonna buy you a looking glass
If that looking glass gets broke
Papa gonna buy you a [nanny goat]

Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Hey Bo Diddley-dee

Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Hey Bo Diddley-dee
Hey Bo Diddley-dee
For other "Bo Diddley" fragments/quotes see Mona and You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover.

The full Bo Diddley version of "Hey Bo Diddley" is:
Bo Diddley had a farm (Hey Bo Diddley)
And on that farm he had some women (Hey Bo Diddley)
Women here, women there (Hey Bo Diddley)
Women, women everywhere (Hey Bo Diddley)

But one little girl lived on the hill (Hey Bo Diddley)
She rustle and tussle like Bufalo Bill (Hey Bo Diddley)
One day she decided she go for a ride (Hey Bo Diddley)
With a pistol and a sword by her side (Hey Bo Diddley)

She rode right up to my front door (Hey Bo Diddley)
Knocked and knocked till her fist got sore (Hey Bo Diddley)
When she turned and walked away (Hey Bo Diddley)
All I could hear my baby say (Hey Bo Diddley)

Hey Bo Diddley (Hey Bo Diddley)
Hey Bo Diddley (Hey Bo Diddley)
Hey Bo Diddley (Hey Bo Diddley)
Hey Bo Diddley (Hey Bo Diddley)

Saw my baby run across the field (Hey Bo Diddley)
Slipping and a-sliding like a automobile (Hey Bo Diddley)
I hollered at my baby and told her to wait (Hey Bo Diddley)
She slipped off from me like a Cadillac eight (Hey Bo Diddley)

Hey Bo Diddley (Hey Bo Diddley)
Hey Bo Diddley (Hey Bo Diddley)
Hey Bo Diddley (Hey Bo Diddley)
Hey Bo Diddley (Hey Bo Diddley)
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     23 May 1972 Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72 (note 1)
 
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     studio 1976 All Good Things (additional disc) Jerry Garcia Band
Notes
(1) also on the box set Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings

NB: the song listed as "Hey Bo Diddley" on Dick's Picks Vol 30 (25 March 1972) is really Bo Diddley.




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

 


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