Brown-Eyed Women

Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Gone are the days when the ox fall down (note a)
Take up the yoke and plow the fields around
Gone are the days when the ladies said "please
Gentle Jack Jones won't you come to me" (note b)

Chorus
Brown-eyed women and red grenadine
The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean
Sound of the thunder with the rain pouring down
And it looks like the old man's getting on

Nineteen twenty when he stepped to the bar
Drank to the dregs of the whiskey jar
Nineteen thirty when the Wall caved in (note c)
He made his way selling red-eyed gin (note d)

[chorus]

Delilah Jones was the mother of twins
Two times over and the rest were sins
Raised eight boys, only I turned bad (note e)
Didn't get the lickings that the other ones had

[chorus]

Tumble-down shack in Big Foot County
Snowed so hard that the roof caved in
Delilah Jones went to meet her God
And the old man never was the same again

Daddy made whiskey and he made it well
Cost two dollars and it burned like hell (note f)
I cut hickory just to fire the still
Drink down a bottle and you're ready to kill (note g)

[chorus]

And it looks like the old man's getting on
Notes
(a) in a very early version, on 24 August 1971 (DP35) Jerry sang "... when the ox broke down."
(b) the lyrics in "Box Of Rain" are "gently, Jack Jones, won't you come to me" and that's what Hunter sings in solo performances. Jerry also sang that in early performances, but changed it subsequently to "gentle Jack Jones ..." - or that's certainly what it sounds like to me.
(c) in solo performances, Robert Hunter sometimes sang "... when Wall Street caved in."
(d) the Hunter lyrics are "He paid his way ..." and Garcia sang that in early versions. But it sounds to me as if he later sang it as "He made his way ..."
(e) in the version on 24 August 1971, Jerry sang "Three times over ..." and ""Thirteen children, only I turned bad"
(f) at least once in 1985, Jerry sang "Cost five dollars ..." (thanks to Doug Reddick for pointing this out)
(g) in early versions, Jerry sang "Drink two drinks and you're fit to kill"

Robert Hunter has added some additional verses in solo performances - the following from 2 November 1998 (hard to decipher):
[?] my older brother, his name was Ben
My sister died at the age of ten
We followed up to the burying ground
Was the first time Daddy's tears hit the ground

First came school, and then came the law
[...] and the wall [...]
But I grew up just a little too slow
I moved over into Arkansas

When I went back it was twenty years' later
[?]
[?]
Tears were falling at the place again

[I think the next bit is a fragment from a different song]
My moma they were gone [...], lay down, lay down
[...] in her arms, saying baby, babe lay down
Lay down
Lay down
And I see your slumber [...]
Grateful Dead Recordings
     Date Album
     24 Aug 1971 Dick's Picks Vol 35
     21 Oct 1971 Dave's Picks Volume 3
      8 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     11 Apr 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     14 Apr 1972 Europe '72 (note 1)
      4 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     11 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     25 May 1972 Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
     17 Nov 1972 Dave's Picks Volume 11
     31 Dec 1972 Live Jive (KSAN Benefit CD)
      9 Nov 1973 Winterland 1973 - The Complete Recordings
     17 Nov 1973 Dave's Picks Volume 5
      2 Dec 1973 Dick's Picks Vol 14
     23 Mar 1974 Dick's Picks Vol 24
     14 May 1974 Dave's Picks Volume 9
     31 Jul 1974 Dave's Picks Volume 2
     11 Sep 1974 Dick's Picks Vol 7
      9 Jun 1976 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 5
     18 Jun 1976 Download Series Vol 4
     25 Sep 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 20
     10 Oct 1976 Dick's Picks Vol 33
      4 May 1977 Around The Fire (Soundtrack)
     11 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     12 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     13 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     15 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     17 May 1977 May 1977 Box Set
     21 May 1977 Dick's Picks Vol 29
     25 May 1977 Dave's Picks Volume 1
     28 May 1977 To Terrapin: Hartford '77
      8 Jun 1977 Winterland June 1977 - The Complete Recordings
      3 Feb 1978 Dick's Picks Vol 18
     24 Apr 1978 Dave's Picks Volume 7
     26 Dec 1979 Dick's Picks Vol 5
      6 Apr 1982 Road Trips Volume 4, Number 4
      1 Nov 1985 Dick's Picks Vol 21
      2 Apr 1989 Download Series Vol 9
     19 Mar 1990 Spring 1990
      2 Apr 1990 Spring 1990
     16 Dec 1992 Dick's Picks Vol 27
 
Covers etc
     Date Album Recorded By
      1986 Fiesta En La Biblioteca Pontiac Brothers (note 2)
      1990 Box Of Rain Robert Hunter
      1995 Live At The Dock Street Theatre Blue Dogs
      2000 Dead Grass Vassar Clements
      2003 Bringin It Back The Orchard Boys
      2004 20 Degrees Of Solitude The Grass Is Dead
      8 Feb 2006 Live At The Fillmore Grateful Grass
     2008 Fennario: Songs by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter Emory Joseph
     2008 Under the Influence: Drinking Songs, Vol. 1 P.J.Elliott
     2010 One Hesher, Two Punks And A Hippy Punk Is Dead
     2012 D'Eadphibians D'Amphibiand
     26 May 2011 Jerry Jams for Rex II Chris Robinson Brotherhood
     2012 Run For The Roses Tim Bluhm et al (Rex Foundation)

Notes
(1) also on the compilation What A Long Strange Trip It's Been and also on the box set Europe '72 - The Complete Recordings
(2) also included on the compilation "Stolen Roses"