Borneo

Lyrics: Walter Donaldson
Music: Walter Donaldson

Sung by Jerry Garcia with Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions in 1964. For some reason it is listed with ASCAP as being written by Garcia, McKernan, Weir and Hunter.

Way down South, way down in Borneo
There's a wild dance called the horn-eo
Way down, on Borneo Bay
Ba-ba-ba-ba bahm ba-bahm

You will dance till the break of dawn-eo
Even though you've got a corn-eo
Way down, on Borneo Bay
Ba-ba ba-bahm

Wild man stands with his clothes all torn-eo (note 1)
Toot toot toots on his bamboo horn-eo
While the bamboo babies start to sway
Start to sway, start to sway, start to sway

When you see them dance the horn-eo
You will put your jewels in pawn-eo
Way down, on Borneo Bay
Ba-ba ba-bahm

Way down South, way down in Borneo
There's a wild dance called the horn-eo
Way down, on Borneo Bay
Ba-ba-ba-ba bahm ba-bahm

You will dance till the break of dawn-eo
Even though you've got a corn-eo
Way down, on Borneo Bay
Ba-ba ba-bahm

Wild man stands with his clothes all torn-eo
Toot toot toots on his bamboo horn-eo
While the bamboo babies start to sway
Start to sway, start to sway, start to sway

When you see them dance the horn-eo
You will put your jewels in pawn-eo
Way down, on Borneo Bay
Ba-ba ba-bahm
Notes
(1) in the recording, Jerry forgets the next couple of lines

Grateful Dead-related Recordings
     Date Album
     Jul 1964 Mother Mcree's Uptown Jug Champions

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

 


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