Sugaree

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

When they come to take you down
When they bring that wagon round
When they come to call on you
And drag your poor body down

Chorus
Just one thing I ask of you
Just one thing for me
Please forget you knew my name
My darling, Sugaree

Shake it, shake it, Sugaree
Just don't tell them that you know me
Shake it, shake it, Sugaree
Just don't tell them that you know me

You thought you was the cool fool
And never would do no wrong
You had everything sewed up tight
How come you lay awake all night long

[chorus]

Well in spite of all you gained
You still have to stand out in the pouring rain
One last voice is calling you
And I guess it's time you go

[chorus]

Well shake it up now, Sugaree
I'll meet you at the jubilee
And if that jubilee don't come
Maybe I'll meet you on the run

[chorus]
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
      7 Aug 1971 Dick's Picks Vol 35
     23 Aug 1971 Road Trips Number 1, Volume 3
     22 Oct 1971 Dave's Picks Volume 3
     26 Oct 1971 Download Series Vol 3
     14 Nov 1971 Road Trips Number 3, Volume 2 (bonus disc)
     28 Mar 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 30
      7 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     11 Apr 1972 Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72 (note 8)
     16 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     17 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     21 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     29 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
      3 May 1972 Europe '72: Vol. 2 (note 8)
     11 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     13 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     16 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     18 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     23 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     26 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     21 Jul 1972 Download Series Vol 10
     27 Aug 1972 Sunshine Daydream (CD only)
     17 Sep 1972 Dick's Picks Vol 23
     17 Nov 1972 Dave's Picks Volume 11
     28 Feb 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 28
     19 Oct 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 19
     11 Nov 1973 Winterland 1973 - The Complete Recordings
     21 Nov 1973 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 3
     18 Oct 1974 Steal Your Face (note 1)
     13 Aug 1975 One From The Vault
     18 Jun 1976 Download Series Vol 4
     24 Sep 1976 Dave's Picks Vol 4
     25 Sep 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 20
      9 Oct 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 33
     29 Apr 1977 Download Series Vol 1
     11 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     19 May 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 29
     22 May 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 3
     28 May 1977 To Terrapin: Hartford '77
      8 Jun 1977 Winterland June 1977 - The Complete Recordings
     29 Jul 1974 Dave's Picks Volume 2 (Bonus disc)
     16 Oct 1977 Road Trips Volume 1, Number 2
     29 Dec 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 10
     28 Dec 1979 Road Trips Vol 3, No 1
     26 Aug 1980 30 Days Of The Dead (2013)
     13 Oct 1980 30 Days Of The Dead (2010)
     26 Oct 1980 Dead Set (note 2)
      7 Aug 1982 Dick's Picks Vol 32
     17 Oct 1983 30 Days Of The Dead (2012)
     11 Apr 1987 ONXRT: Live From The Archives, Vol. 4(note 3)
     15 Mar 1990 Terrapin Station (Limited Edition)
      3 Apr 1990 Spring 1990 (The Other One)
     17 Jul 1998 The Strange Remain (The Other Ones)

Recordings from dead.net Tapers Section
 
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     studio 1972 Garcia Jerry Garcia (note 4)
     studio 1972 Garcia (alternate take) Jerry Garcia (note 5)
     18 Nov 1975 Jerry Garcia Collection, Volume 2: Let It Rock Jerry Garcia Band
     21 May 1976 Don't Let Go Jerry Garcia Band
     28 Feb 1980 After Midnight Jerry Garcia Band
      1 Mar 1980 Garcia Live Volume 1 Jerry Garcia Band

"The Dead" Concert Recordings

Ratdoglive CDs and downloads

Phil Lesh and Friends Digital Download Series

Furthur Digital Downloads and CDs

Weir-Robinson-Greene Trio Live!

Bob Weir Solo Acoustic Live!

Scaring The Children Downloads
 
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     22 Oct 1990 Save The Planet Merl Saunders
     1995 Still Having Fun Merl Saunders
     1996 Long Live The Dead Billy And Terry Smith
     1997 Fire On The Mountain Vol 2 Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead (Gregory Isaacs)
     Aug 1999 4th Annual Gathering On The Mountain Merl Saunders
     2000 Picking On The Grateful Dead Vol 2 David West et al
     2000 The Grass Is Dead Crazy Fingers
     2000 Wake The Dead Danny Carnahan et al
     2000 Might As Well The Persuasions (note 8)
     2000 Live At The Wetlands Soulfarm
     2001 Pickin' On Jerry Garcia David West et al
     2001 Live From Berkeley Wake The Dead (note 6)
     2003 Grateful Guitar David Cullen
     2004 My Country Graham Parker (note 7)
     2005 Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares Soulfarm
     20 May 2005 Live At The Sweetwater Saloon Mark Karan's Buds
      1 Aug 2006 Jerry Jams for Rex The Black Crowes
     2008 Fennario: Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter Emory Joseph
     28 Mar 2009 Live, Beacon Theater Allman Brothers Band (with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh)
      12 Jul 2012 Live At The Iridium Donna Jean Godchaux Band
     2011 Live At The 2011 Wanee Music Festival Melvin Seals and JGB
     2013 The Grateful EP Jackie Greene
Notes
(1) also on the additional DVD footage of the Grateful Dead Movie.
(2) issued as a bonus track in the box set Beyond Description (1973-1990)
(3) This is a compilation of previously unreleased live material from broadcasts on WXRT Chicago, issued in 1998. It was sold only in the Chicago area to launch a local charity, the 93XRTree Fund. This fund was established by WXRT in association with Friends of the Parks to be to replant trees destroyed by the Asian long-horned beetle infestation in the Chicago area (thanks to Matt Schofield for this information)
(4) also on the compilation The Best Of Jerry Garcia
(5) bonus track on the version of the album reissued in the box set All Good Things.
(6) a live CD from KPFA featuring performances on "Dead To The World" issued as a fund-raiser
(7) Graham Parker's account of how he came to record Sugaree includes the following: (8) re-released in 2011 on "Persuasions of the Dead"
After "Your Country" (my new CD which contains said Garcia cover) was released, a friend who happens to be a Deadhead pointed out in barely concealed disgruntlement that I had sung the word "raygun" in the first verse when the word is actually "wagon," thus pretty much destroying the entire meaning of the number! Oh well, happens with most of the covers of my stuff, so I guess it was my turn screw with the writers' heads, one of whom - a bloke named Hunter I believe - may well be still alive (although Jerry most certainly is not).
(8) also on the box set Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings


Futher Information
For an online discussion of the lyrics to this song see the deadsongs.vue conference on The Well.
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography
For information on references in the lyrics see David Dodd's Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics
For online chords and TAB see www.rukind.com
For sheet music, see:
          Grateful Dead Anthology Volume 1 (piano arrangement)
          Grateful Dead Authentic Guitar Classics Volume 2 (guitar TAB)
          Garcia Songbook (piano arrangement)
          Jerry Garcia Songbook (vocal line and chords)
          Garcia/Hunter Songbook (vocal line and chords/TAB)

 


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