Pig In A Pen

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional

This was played by Jerry with Old And In The Way in 1973-74, and much earlier with the Black Mountain Boys in 1964 and with the Hart Valley Drifters in 1962.

The sleeve note with Old And In The Way's "Breakdown" says it was composed by Grand Ole Oprey fiddler Arthur Smith even though it lists the song as "traditional." It says, though, that Jerry sings the same verses as Carter Stanley, which are different from those sung by Smith.

I got a pig, home in a pen (note 1)
Corn to feed him on
All I need is a pretty little girl
To feed him when I'm gone

Dark clouds are rising (note 2)
Sure sign of rain
Get your old grey bonnet on
Sweet little Liza Jane


Bake 'em biscuits, baby
Bake 'em good and brown
When you get them biscuits baked
We're Alabama bound


Goin' on a mountain (note 3)
To sow a little cane
Raise a barrel of sorghum (note 4)
Sweet little Liza Jane

(1) in the 1964 version with the Black Mountain Boys, the chorus is not sung before the first verse
(2) this is the order of the verses on "Old And In The Way" (and on the 1962 and 1964 versions), but Jerry sings this verse last instead of first on "Breakdown"
(3) it sounds as if Jerry gets the words muddled on the version on "Old And In The Way", and starts to sing "Bake 'em biscuits ..." again so that it comes out something like "Bake them on a mountain"!
(4) Jerry sings something different in the earliest version of this - perhaps "Mix a barrel of sorghum"

Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     1 Oct 1973 Breakdown Old And In The Way(note a)
     8 Oct 1973 Old And In The Way Old And In The Way (note b)
(a) also on the soundtrack to the movie Grateful Dawg
(b) also included on Live At The Boarding House

Futher Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For online chords and TAB see www.rukind.com
For sheet music, see:
          Jerry Garcia Songbook (vocal line and chords)
          Old And In The Way Banjo Songbook (banjo TAB)


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